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Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening: A Month-by-Month Guide Completely Revised and Updated Paperback – December 1, 1999
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I especially appreciate how the author gives background information in addition to detailing the methods you should use, basically, so the gardener doesn't just know HOW to do something, s/he knows WHY (e.g., the effects of Santa Ana winds, "What is an Epiphyte?"). Also, Ms. Welsh is thorough (and thankfully includes organic methods); for example, under Control of Snails and Slugs, she explains not two, but nine ways to deal with those slimy pests.
My single complaint is one of omission: composting is given little attention in this book; vermiculture (using worms for composting) is not even mentioned. I have found composting with a worm bin perfect for "Suburban and Small Space(s)"; if properly maintained, these bins can be used indoors. However, for most gardeners, an expanded composting section for this book is not needed as composting is already an established part of their routine. For beginners, there may be enough information here to get them started. The additional book I recommend below provides sufficient composting and mulching information.
For your Southern California garden, I recommend this book and Weedless Gardening (by Lee Reich), plus a healthy application of compost.
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This is an excellent book to keep me organized when tending to my garden. It is refreshing to have a gardening book dedicated to the geographical region that pertains to where I... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Book Worm
Helpful advice and full index make this a standard book for gardeners in So. Cal.Published 15 months ago by Vb7
Keep this because month by month you will be nurturing your plants more effectively and in a more organized manner.Published on January 27, 2014 by babar
I had this book before but lost it and have been trying to replace it but could not find it in any bookstores, so I was delighted to find it on line - this book is great and guides... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Sharon