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The Garden Primer: Second Edition Hardcover – Bargain Price, 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
Most gardeners prefer to spend the bulk of their time outside gardening. They consult books to gain valuable information like when to plant what and how to deal with pests. A book that lays out this information in an easy to read, easy to access format is so much more helpful than a text like "The Garden Primer." I'm sure the author is a nice person and I don't doubt that there are people who will keep this tome by their bedside for a little pre-sleep reading (especially in winter when the garden is dormant). But there are better resources out there. If you're seduced by the word "organic" in this book's description and obsessed with having a book marketed as being exclusively eco-friendly, Tanya Denckla's "The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food" is both concise and thorough. If you want a book that spells out the basics of vegetable gardening (organic or non-), then Mel Batholomew's "Square Foot Gardening" is actually quite helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since the 1st edition, this has been my go-to book, when it comes to most anything gardening-related.Published 2 months ago by Miso
Book seems great for the climate its written for. Was totally useless for me - living in Asia, in an equatorial region.Published 2 months ago by Arvind Mathur
If you are a novice or advance, this book has everything you need to know about gardening and preparation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Only gardening book you will ever need in New England. It has been my go to book for over 30 years.Published 6 months 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 10 months ago by Lisa Olson