A Way to Garden: A Hands-on Primer for Every Season

A Way to Garden: A Hands-on Primer for Every Season

by Margaret Roach
     
 

There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners, but Margaret Roach offers one that is so warmly personal and so richly informative that many gardeners will want to adopt it as their own. Using her own upsate New York property as her model and laboratory, she leads us through the garden's seasons as they parallel the stages of our own lives. First is…  See more details below

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There are as many ways to garden as there are gardeners, but Margaret Roach offers one that is so warmly personal and so richly informative that many gardeners will want to adopt it as their own. Using her own upsate New York property as her model and laboratory, she leads us through the garden's seasons as they parallel the stages of our own lives. First is conception (the idea of the garden as it takes shape in January and February), followed by birth (the planting time of March and April), youth (an explosion of flowers in May and June), adulthood (harvesting and dividing in July and August), senescence (taking inventory in September and October), and death and afterlife (the winter garden of November and December).

For every month she makes note of the activities of the moment -- how to plan a garden before the snow melts, select hardy and forgiving plants that build the gardener's confidence, plant a 'late-start' vegetable garden, create a crevice garden in the cracks of the patio, and force bulbs indoors to stave off the winter blues.

Throughout, Roach's friendly, conversational writing not only explains exactly what needs to be done and how to do itt, but also inspires us with a love of gardening itself -- the closest many of us come to nature in our everyday lives.

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What I like even more than the instructions for growing peonies, planting pumpkins, saving seeds, and pruning clematis are the thoughful essays relating the life of a gardener to life in the garden—from conception and birth, through youth and adulthood, and on to senescence, death and afterlife. And to top it off, the book is beautifully illustrated with more than 200 photographs by Kit Latham, all taken in Margaret's garden.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517707333
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/27/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.72(d)

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Martha Stewart
Margaret Roach has accomplished what so many true gardeners dream of: creating a garden and writing about it at the same time. This book is not a diary, but a personal and thoughtful investigation and accounting of a real gardener and a real garden. It is humorous, inviting, and above all, exemplary of Margaret's extraordinary knowledge.

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