Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2010
Regional Report


Garden Encyclopedia
American Horticultural Society's New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques: The Indispensable Illustrated Practical Guide, edited by David J. Ellis, Fiona Gilsenan, Rita Pelczar, and Graham Rice (Mitchell-Beazley/Octopus Books USA; $45.00; Hardcover) is the new definitive guide to explaining all the essential techniques you are ever likely to need. It reflects modern best-practice gardening at the American Horticultural Society, a leading gardening authority. All techniques are shown clearly and simply with step-by-step instructions for every gardener to follow. Featuring more than 2,000 clear and concise color illustrations supported by over 1,000 beautiful color photos, the encyclopedia includes steps for planning, pruning, propagating, feeding, and watering. The book covers all plants including trees, flowers, shrubs, climbers, lawns, vegetables, fruit, and herbs. It also shows how to create water features and patios, and add lighting, plus organic techniques, recycling, and how to treat pests and diseases. There are also chapters on container gardening, gardening under glass, garden tools and equipment, and everyday garden maintenance as well as on landscaping and construction work. The wealth of practical information makes this book an essential purchase for both professional and amateur gardeners.

Tool or Gardening Product

Bionic Garden Gloves
When pruning roses, or just puttering around in the garden, a good pair of gloves is a blessing. My very favorite is the Bionic Garden Glove by Louisville Slugger, the same people who make the baseball bats. These gloves are incredibly comfortable, washable and padded where your hands hit the tools. They also slip on and off easily, which is important for me because I always have to fiddle with something with my bare fingers. They are expensive, but very durable. You can't beat them for comfort.
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