Herb Gardening for Dummies
Some herb gardening books can be intimidating, but not Herb Gardening for Dummies. This book is full of practical advice and straightforward instructions to assure your success with herbs. The 65 different herb profiles will help you make your own personal selection of herbs, be your garden large or small. Beginners and experienced gardeners alike will appreciate the careful attention to soil preparation and growing methods plus the many sample herb garden designs. Also included in this book are detailed instructions for harvesting and handling the herbs once you have grown them so you can preserve, enjoy and share the bounty of your efforts. Herb Gardening for Dummies, Karan Davis Cutler and Kathleen Fisher, 2000, IDG Books Worldwide, ISBN 0764552007, $16.99 paperback.
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Late winter to early spring is the right time to prune many (but not all) trees and shrubs. It is always a good idea to refresh your skills by checking a reliable pruning guide before you get out the loppers. Pruning Trees and Shrubs, a University of Minnesota publication, explains the ins and outs of pruning and includes lists of when to prune what kind of shrub or tree, provides diagrams on how and where to cut, and discusses the reasoning that should guide your cutting.