Series: Gardening Book for Ohio
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Cool Springs Press; Revised edition (February 1, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #676,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #42 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Landscape Design > By Region > Midwest
I found Denny Mc Keown's book covering gardening in Ohio very specific and helpful for an person buying new plants for specific spots in the garden. The book is organized into chapters by the types of plant, for example: annuals, bulbs, etc. There is a center section with photos of various trees, scrubs, perennials and others. Every plant I have wanted to know more about has been listed. His information is quite specific. It is a good manual for beginning gardeners who need to know what, where, when, how, and why to plant. Denny's chapter on resources includes: growing season data, mail-order seed sources, extension service information and a glossary. Things I did not have organized in one place under my finger tips. I have found the book very informative and helpful. It is more for the beinning gardener or the weekend weed-puller than the master gardener, who would already know most of these things. It is not an elegant book in style or graphics, but something you would want to keep in the potting shed beside the flower pots for quick reference when questions arise.
I have read several gardening books on specific speices, such as annuals, perennials, etc. This book delivers information on all of these topics plus numerous others. The unique idea around this book is it tells you what is going to do well in Ohio. Giving good techniques on care from watering to fertiziling. Making good choices on the types of plants to choose and the other plants that compliment them in a surrounding landscape. There are 16 pages of color pictures of all the pants disscussed. Each plant is given great detail as to benefits, plant characteristics, nad how and where to plant. Denny McKeown has a great passion for gardening and it shows. I will use this book as a gardening resource tool.
This is a great comprehensive gardening resource for any gardener, but especially those is Ohio. Written in the same chatty tone as McKeown's WKRC radio show, the book is highly readable. It includes a general information section as well as species by species care directions. As a new gardener, I feel that it explains things in highly understandable terms. It also focuses on enjoying your landscape, as opposed to spending your life working in it.
Very readable and useful book. Tells you when to plant, where, and how, along with maintenance and other information about add'l species and cultivars. Tells you the type of sun needed and advantages of the plant, and zone where it belongs.I could wish that the pictures were a little more close up, and listed with the flowers so you don't have to keep flipping to the middle section - but this is quibbling. Highly recommended.
If your grandma were an expert gardener, this is like having all her advice right in one place. I have used this inexpensive, thorough gardening book much more than my expensive hardcover gardening books. This book is great for a novice gardener, and also for more experienced gardeners. He gives a full 2-pages for each plant, telling where to plant, when to trim, when to plant, varieties/cultivars, and much more. He answers pretty much any question you could have about a certain plant. I take this with me when I'm shopping for my plants, because he tells you lots more than the plant tag will. I highly, highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to garden! Too bad he doesn't cover vegetables or herbs, though.
Ohio is not the most hospitable place for gardening. With cold winters and hot often dry summers, gardening can be a balancing act. This book is a terrific guide for selecting and cultivating plants in this area. This book has helped me improve my black thumb to almost green. Recommended for all Ohio and surrounding areas.
I have had this book for years, have loaned it so many times it's not funny! Finally, just started ordering several copies at a time to have on hand for gift giving. I have 16 large flower beds, and most of the plants ideas have come directly from the advice I have found in this book. These are also the plants I have the most success with, AND the ones asked most about when people come to visit my garden. Also, for the most part, these selections are relatively easy to find in our nursery's. [Seibentahaler's and Knollwoods are excellent places to look]. I hope he continues his writings, and I will be ordering his new book also. Centerville, Ohio
This is a lovely reference book for any Ohio gardener! The book is nicely organized so that you can simply flip to your desired plant type, i.e., perennials, and determine what will work best for your garden. Or, just explore the book and dream of your future garden. The text is clearly written, but not so simplistic that a novice gardener feels inferior. It also gives quick summaries with graphics such as a bouquet (perfect for cutting) or butterfly (attracts butterflies), etc. I most appreciated the friendly, personable tone in which the book is written. It is much like you are having coffee with a master-gardener who suggests plants for your full-sun patio. This is my "go-to" reference for planning, buying, & maintenance.Bottom line: Clearly written, Important information, Nice artwork.
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