Lee Reich is an author with soil science credentials and the ability to explain "why" and make it interesting. Weedless Gardening (Workman Publishing, 2001; $8.95) is about kicking the tilling habit and using newspapers and mulch and crop residues to reduce weeds and improve the health of your soil. He offers lots of specifics (charts, illustrations, etc.) on using this approach in different climates, different types of soil, and with different types of plantings. It can nudge you to try an approach that's better for the soil as well as your back.
Shows & Events
Take time away from planting bulbs this fall to attend a gardening symposium on October 19 in Wellesley, MA, called "In the Plant-Lover's Garden: WHAT'S NEXT?" Horticulture Magazine, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Monrovia are the sponsors of the one-day event that includes five speakers. For more information, visit: http://secure.hortmag.com/programs/.