Series: Month By Month Gardening
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Cool Springs Press (April 15, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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I got the original version of Mr. Polomski's book at the local library and absolutely loved it. After seeing this updated version on I ordered it. I was so excited to get it in the mail but when it did arrive I was sadly disappointed that it wasn't like the original version. The main differences are:The original is broken down into chapters of types of plants, such as bulbs, vegetables, lawns, etc. Each chapter is then broken down by month, so you get a overall snap shot on two pages of what you need to do for each plant that month. I loved that organization because it allows me to focus on each plant and what I have to do for each. Also, visually, the two-page spread for each plant is very easy to follow and very clearly organized.The newest version changed this format into strictly a month to month format. Some people may like this better, but I found it to be less easy to follow. More like a paragraph reading style than a checklist style, which is what I liked the most about the original version. For example, you open to September, and there is a paragraph for "Planning" and under that a paragraph for each plant. Then a paragraph for "Planting" and each plant, etc. But it is just a standard paragraph reading style, so you have to flip around various pages to get all the information for "bulbs".In terms of the actual information, I don't think there is much difference. In fact, some of the paragraphs are identical from book to book.I guess it depends on your preference for organization, but I am a "categorical" thinker, so when I am focusing on "bulbs" I want all the information for bulbs together so I can plan the whole month for them specifically.Based on reviews for the middle version of this book, it seems that that version is similar to the original so I am going to try that one.
This a wonderful guide for Carolina Gardeners! I have gardened here in the Piedmont of S.C. for years, but have learned many new things from this book. There are beautiful photographs, helpful instructions on controlling pests, fertilizing, what to plant for our specific area, and more. I've read many gardening books over the years but some are not very helpful since they don't include many of the plants that grow so well here in upstate S.C. Many thanks to Bob Polomski for a very informative book that I will use for years to come!
Excellent monthly reminders - use this book as a reference and your pruning, fertilizing and basic tasks will be done at the appropriate time for your area. No more excuses for missing that critical month for pruning. I will be using this book as a reminder when planning my monthly tasks in the garden.
Good book to learn from but each month is set out under lots of different headings. A table summary at the beginning or end of each month would be useful as a quick reference.
Comprehensive. I had borrowed this from the library and liked it so much, bought this for myself to have for reference.
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