Back in the 1980s, Barbara Damrosch's book, The Garden Primer, was considered one of the bibles of general gardening. It was chock full of information on growing everything imaginable -- vegetables, fruits, roses, trees, shrubs, and houseplants. This bible just got better. The Garden Primer (Workman Publishing, 2008; $19) is a second edition of this gardening classic, with the same lively tone as the original and lots of new information.
Damrosch has updated and expanded sections on garden planning, tools, and varieties. She devotes more time to ecological issues, such as using native plants, avoiding invasive species, and selecting lawn alternatives. All her growing recommendations are now organic. The book also has more information for gardeners in the south and west, while still providing pertinent advice for cold-climate gardeners.
For more information on this new edition, go to: Workman Publishing.
Article published on March 10, 2008.