Month-By-Month Gardening in Pennsylvania

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Never garden alone! The Month-By-Month series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you?ll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year. Written by authors in your state, the information is tailored to the issues that affect your garden the most.

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Never garden alone! The Month-By-Month series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you’ll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year. Written by authors in your state, the information is tailored to the issues that affect your garden the most.

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If you want month-by-month, locale-specific information on plants, Cool Springs' state gardening series can't be beat. Each volume offers more than 300 pages of calendar-keyed data about planting, pruning, fertilizing, and gardening techniques. The credentials of the authors are impeccable: Pennsylvania-based Liz Ball is a veteran writer with the National Garden Bureau. Her expert guidance will enable you to smell the roses -- and improve the bloom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591862529
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Series: Month By Month Gardening Series
  • Edition description: Revised ed.
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 472,029
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Ball is a horticultural writer, photographer, researcher, and teacher whose articles and photographs have appeared in numerous catalogs, magazines, and books. Ball wrote regularly for the National Garden Bureau and Burpee's websites. Her weekly Yardening column appeared in her local newspaper for more than fourteen years. Ball has authored or co-authored a multitude of books, including the Pennsylvania Gardener's Guide (also for Cool Springs Press).

She writes on a large number of topics for gardeners but specializes in addressing issues that concern non-gardening homeowners who have lawns and plants to care for but a limited amount of time or interest of working in the yard (whom she calls "yardeners.") After decades spent teaching writing, literature, and history at the secondary school level, Ball devoted herself to horticulture. She has taught courses on gardening for local community adult and arboretum programs, as well as for various universities. Ball is a frequent lecturer, speaking often to garden clubs, hort societies, civic groups and to the public. In her spare time, Ball concentrates on a two-acre yard that serves as her informal laboratory and demonstration garden for all her "experiments."

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Table of Contents

Benefits of a gardening schedule     7
How to use this book     8
Other resources     8
Gardening in Pennsylvania     8
Growing plants in pennsylvania     8
Growing plants in the home landscape     9
Plant names     9
General gardeing techniques     10
Make a plan     10
Choose good plants     10
Improve the soil     11
Plant properly     11
Water thoughtfully     11
Fertilize judiciously     11
Prune purposefully     12
Protect vulnerable plants     12
Usda cold hardiness zones     13
Annuals     14
Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, & tubers     43
Lawns     71
Perennials     95
Roses     125
Shrubs     153
Trees     183
Vines, ground covers, & grasses     213
Water & bog plants     243
Appendix     268
Botanical name index     283
Common name index     285
Gardening notes     291
Meet liz ball     303
Other cool springs press books     304
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2009

    A Good Guide for the Beginning Gardener Who Wishes to Improve Results

    This book is a great guide for beginning gardeners who wishes to improve their skills. It provides basic information for growing and maintaining not only your garden but your lawn as well. The material is presented in an easy to follow manner. Information is included about basic gardening tricks such as how and when to store bulbs for the winter, proper care and maintenance of rose bushes, and selecting plants for your garden. Although the material is laid out by type of plant first and then by month, the book could benefit by adding an appendix summarizing the chores in a to do list for each month.

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