The Garden Primer

Barbara Damrosch, Author Workman Publishing $24.95 (673p) ISBN 978-0-89480-317-8
``Keep gardening simple'' is the reassuring maxim invoked by Damrosch ( Theme Gardens ) time and again in this outstanding compendium of garden lore, information and advice for novices and old-timers. The author, an ``old-fashioned dirt gardener,'' advocates common sense, respect for the delicate balance of nature and a hands-on approach. Her book brims with sound advice for garden planning, planting and maintenance, and her relaxed attitude about equipment (``buy a few good implements and treat them well'') and disease and pest control (``when in doubt, don't spray'') is refreshing. Ornamental plants, from vines (``willful children'') to herbs (``anarchists of the garden''), are evaluated thoughtfully, and gardeners will profit from Damrosch's manageable lists of annuals, perennials, ground covers, shrubs and trees. They will be entertained, as well, by the author's engaging, witty voice. Vegetables and fruits are discussed in mini-chapters; illustrations and an appendix of mail-order sources, etc., round out the book. BOMC and QPBC main selections; Better Homes & Gardens Book Club selection ; a uthor tour. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
Paperback - 688 pages - 978-0-89480-316-1
Hardcover - 673 pages - 978-1-57954-877-3
Ebook - 820 pages - 978-0-7611-5381-8
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