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Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners Paperback – October 29, 1997
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A good blend of common sense and careful thought, colorfully written, with humor and without pretension. The essays are explicit enough to be of use to beginners, but so full of anecdote and ideas that experienced gardeners will enjoy them and learn from them too.
What a joy to have a gardening book that can be read either from beginning to end or from anywhere one opens... [This] book is charming and witty, imparts knowledge, advice, and etymologies in delectable doses.
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Her strength is her pragmatic advice for the novice. Picure her as the neighbor you wish lived next door to you when you move into your new house. She has gardened for over 30 years at two locations (primary home and vacation home in Buckingham County). She offers advice for Zone 7 gardeners that is comparable to that from the PBS program Victory Garden.
For example, she urges gardeners to grow organic and natural lawns because she is sensitive to the water pollution caused by the runoff from lawns (Americans use larger amounts of pesticides and herbicides on lawns than on food crops). On the other hand, she can take out 28 year-old pines because they are blocking her view and overshading her garden. She offers advice on gardening equipment from tillers to post-hole diggers, how to establish a compost pile, when to clip bushes and hedges, what to do with the needles that fall off the old pines, and which plants to grow for Christmas greenery. She describes her gardening year in month to month episodes, and covers a variety of plants that will do well anywhere in Zones 7-8.
I recommend this book to anyone about to become a gardener.