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The Weather-Resilient Garden: A Defensive Approach To Planning & Landscaping

Drought, flood, hail, and wind are just a few of the challenges that extreme weather can present as you’re trying to grow healthy plants. Charles W. G. Smith helps you tackle unforeseen weather changes using his ingenious defensive approach to gardening. With profiles of 100 hardy plants and tips on expertly dealing with broken tree limbs and uprooted plants, Smith provides all the information you need to plan and maintain a gorgeous, durable garden that will stand up to whatever nature throws at it. 

Paperback: 416 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (February 1, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1580175163

ISBN-13: 978-1580175166

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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I picked this book up as we deal with the worst drought on record in the Chicagoland/Northern IL area--which is tough on gardeners even in the best years. Smith covers it all in an in-depth, very readable manner. For a newcomer to gardening (wherever you may live), there is plenty of information on specific conditions divided by chapter (ex.--heat, cold, drought, flood...whoops, we can have that all in one day around here!). You can turn to a section to find out how to deal with a situation immediately. There is also plenty of discussion on plants and types of plants suitable for a variety of locales. Not simply a weather-related tome, the author also sprinkles in good information on dealing with animal damage, providing habitats for birds, and lists (including a 100-plant glossary) of plants for specific conditions.For experienced gardeners, there is excellent scientific information, historical discussions (no, Jethro Tull isn't simply Ian Anderson's band...), and techniques that may be new to you.Good for browsing or curling up with by a toasty fire in the winter. Whether you need help now or want to learn more in general, this book will become a well-thumbed reference.A great addition to your library.

Weather conundrums confront all us gardeners. It isn't listed with other garden pests - and it can be really pestiferous. What to do to try to prevent fatal damage from the numerous threats constitutes the practical advice in this volume. Lots of helpful line drawings help explain how weather works, and the defenses we can use. Most of our gardening books tell us about great plants, how to use and grow them; dealing with weather is only occasionally even mentioned, making this book an easy to read essential reference for people who rarely have manicured nails.

This is a beautiful and well written book on garden vs weather. It is very detailed, yet reads well and holds your attention. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to garden.

You won't find colorful pretty pictures inside this book, only on the front and back cover. Very informational.

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