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Growing the Northeast Garden: Regional Ornamental Gardening (Paperback)
The main plan for this book is discuss the aspects of the growing environment that exists in the Northeast. Soil, temperature, pests and diseases are a few of the topics met. Keys gives us a means to improve the soil condition with recommendations, and by providing a healthy soil ensures healthy plant life which will combat insects and diseases; and gives guiding steps to warding off animals that might otherwise eat the bounty we have worked hard to grow.There are useful lists to eliminate the invasive plant materials and some suggestions for replacement plants. Also, he touches on beneficial insects that will help keep order and health in the planted world. Keys gives us information on bee colony collapse disorder that is killing our honey bees and the chemicals pesticides have that cause the harm. To round it out he gives us a useful reading list for continued information gathering.— From Eugene's Picks
Plant selection and garden style are deeply influenced by where we are gardening. To successfully grow a range of beautiful ornamental plants, every gardener has to know the specifics of the region's climate, soil, and geography.
Gardeners in the northeast are lucky--the regular summer rain, gorgeous summer blooms, and stunning fall color make it an ideal place to garden. But there are drawbacks, like hot and humid summers, bitterly cold winters, and mosquitos. TThe practical and beautiful Growing the Northeast Garden starts with a comprehensive overview of the weather and geography of the area, along with regionally specific advice on zones, microclimates, soil, pests, and maintenance. Profiles of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs offer hundreds of plant suggestions, along with complete information on growth and care.