Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing Inc; 1 edition (April 16, 2011)
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Henry Homeyer's column about organic gardening, which appears weekly in my local newspaper, is one of the best. If anyone can get you through the vicissitudes of gardening in New England, it is he. When we suffered through the cold, wet Summer of the Tomato Blight (2009 and may it never return), he suffered right along with everyone else; fabulous gardener that he is, his tomatoes were not invincible. That's what I like about Homeyer's writing; it features not only triumphs but failures, along with lots of quirky little experiments, like growing rice (in New Hampshire, in a container).This new book about organic gardening in New England (and similar climates) gathers much of its material from these columns and organizes it month by month, beginning with the actual start of the gardening year (March) and ending with the lazy dreaming over catalogs that marks February. There is material here for novices and experienced gardeners alike. He'll tell you not only how to prune an apple tree but how to sharpen your old pruners. He'll not only advise you as to the best vegetable varieties, but tell you which ones he's going to try himself next year. Wondering about drying some of those abundant fruits and vegetables? Homeyer tells you how and even offers a few recipes. This isn't all vegetable gardening, either. The book is full of ideas for flower gardens, vines, and trees, including plans for building a garden pagoda. He'll advise you as to the best sort of wheelbarrow. And did you know that waving your hands over your little seedlings mimics the wind and encourages them to grow strong stems?Because Homeyer writes for a wide audience, experienced gardeners may sometimes find themselves reading over material that's familiar, but that's okay.
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