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The Garden Primer: Second Edition Paperback – February 28, 2008
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The first chapters deal with the basics - what plants need in order to grow properly, how to prepare your soil, starting your own seeds, proper planting methods and how to deal with insects and diseases. A chapter on gardening gear covers tools, what to wear and how to organize it all.
Damrosch then goes into plant specifics with chapters on Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Bulbs, Roses, Lawns, Ground Covers, Vines, Shrubs, Tree, Wildflowers and Houseplants. Each section discusses how to buy plants, how to plan your site (with some planting scheme plans included), how to grow the plants and maintain them. She then includes an encyclopedia of specific plants with descriptions and basic growing advice. The vegetable section is even more extensive with details on growing and harvesting. If plants are more suited to certain areas of the country, it is mentioned.
Another element of this book that I enjoy are the wonderful illustrations. They are black-and-white, simple and yet so effective. And I'm so glad they kept the illustration of the garden shed on the endsheets. I've always admired that and maybe this year I will finally get my own tools organized like it!Read more ›
Be forewarned though - she writes most (if not all) of her gardening experience from a Connecticut/zone 5 background. Those in the desert regions of Arizona may find most her advice useless.
Buy it - you'll never need another gardening book again.
I like that Damrosch prefers hand tools over power tools. And, that she uses her hands to pull weeds at times.
The chapter on "what plants need," was terrific--covers the basics and gave me a firm understanding of what plants require to thrive.
The book contains all you need to grow annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs and vines.
from the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet
I've taped all their television shows on gardening and have a number of the books both of them have written, but when I walk out in the garden and see a problem, whether it be disease or bug, it is this book that is my guide. I also grab it whenever I'm planting, fertilizing or harvesting most anything.
I just put in grapes, blueberries, blackberries, honeysuckle, clematis and the only book I referred to was this one. Never intimidating, always helpful, if I could only have one gardening book, this would be it.
I bought this book to teach me what the heck to do with the 400+ plant gardens I inherited when I bought my current home. I had little experience with plants, and even less with gardening out of containers. This book has been very valuable and helpful to me, and I refer to it often. I have several (okay, tons) of similar "all-purpose"/encyclopedic gardening books, but this is the one I refer to the most. It cuts through all the superfluous information and tells me just what I need to know, instead of completely overwhelming me. It also has a very handy section on plants (annuals, perennials, veggies, fruits, shrubs, vines, etc.) that are easier to grow than most, with care instructions, idiosyncrasies, varieties to try, etc.
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Only gardening book you will ever need in New England. It has been my go to book for over 30 years.Published 1 month ago by Anita M
Tons of good information here covering vegetable gardening, fruit trees, houseplants etc.
This quickly became my go-to gardening book. Read more
This book is so comprehensive. I have been using it this summer to learn about gardening and I really like it a lot.Published 5 months ago by Lisa Olson
My husband had the book and referred to it often. We bought it for my son.Published 5 months ago by ajr
From what I have read so far I really think this book is very helpful. Written extremely well (even for layman). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michelle
Ms. Damrosch does a great job in presenting a LOT of material to the newbie without being overtly technical or boring. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joe
Not The Right information that I am looking for. Its mostly descriptions of the plant with very minor planting instructions. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Green