Two new gardening books from The Taunton Press, the publishers of Fine Gardening magazine, provide plenty of inspiration and good advice for both beginning and seasoned flower and food gardeners.
Lavish with illustrations and drawings, Taunton's Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables and Herbs, edited by Ruth Lively (2011; $29.95), covers everything from designing a food garden; constructing paths, raised beds, and support structures; soil building, fertilizing, and composting to planting; crop rotation; and dealing with insect, disease, and weed problems. Added to this is a Gallery of Vegetables and Herbs section with advice on growing and harvesting specific crops, along with variety recommendations. This is a great reference that you'll return to throughout the growing season and year after year.
If you are planning on growing either ornamental plants, vegetables, or herbs in containers, some of the 300 tips in Tips for Container Gardening, by the Editors and Contributors of Fine Gardening, (2011; $19.95) are sure to help. All aspects of container growing are covered, including design principles relating to color, foliage, pot choice, and season of bloom; selecting edible, drought-tolerant, or water plants that thrive in containers; choosing and using window boxes, hanging baskets, and unusual containers; and planting and maintenance, including suggestions on overwintering container plants. The numerous, gorgeous photographs make dipping anywhere into this book a delightful and edifying experience.
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