Botany for Fun
Author Brian Capon explains the inner workings of plants in Botany for Gardeners (Timber Press, 2005; $19.95) in an easy-to-follow style that you may wish your high school science teacher had employed. If you've ever wondered what goes on inside a tree trunk (or a seed, leaf, stem, or root), or what makes a spine different from a marginal spine (or a thorn from a prickle), this book is for you. The section on plant adaptations highlights just how remarkable plants are. Gardeners will appreciate this book as a worthy addition to their reference shelf as well as an entertaining read.
Clever Gardening Technique
Ridding Houseplants of Excess Salts
Salts from fertilizers and our water sources can build up in the soil over time and be absorbed by roots. Salt burn shows up as yellowing and browning along the leaf margins. Crusty white deposits may appear on top of the soil. Prevent salt burn by periodically leaching the salts. Set containers in the sink or take them outside. Apply water slowly and deeply, allowing it to run out the drainage holes for several minutes.