A Northeast Gardener's Year

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The figurative stroll takes us through the seasons, with each chapter in A Northeast Gardener’s Year marking a month in the life of the garden. Beginning in March, when the gardening year gets underway, Reich is off and running, from weeds to ripening fruits, laying down his trowel and picking up his pruning shears, or just planning: the spring garden, the fall garden, perhaps a path. The progress of the seasons and the whims and vagaries of the weather and the plants dictate the topics that he writes about ...

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The figurative stroll takes us through the seasons, with each chapter in A Northeast Gardener’s Year marking a month in the life of the garden. Beginning in March, when the gardening year gets underway, Reich is off and running, from weeds to ripening fruits, laying down his trowel and picking up his pruning shears, or just planning: the spring garden, the fall garden, perhaps a path. The progress of the seasons and the whims and vagaries of the weather and the plants dictate the topics that he writes about within each month, Horticultural engravings from the Victorian period round out the mood.A garden journal brimming with wonderful observations and practical tips on when, how, and what to plant throughout the year, A Northeast Gardener’s Year moves from the unfolding of blossoms to the cry of a plant begging to be repotted as its roots push through the bottom of its container; from enjoying foxy grapes, to planting by the moon, to growing the eerie and putrid voodoo lily given by a mischievous neighbor. Reich writes of wild tulips, pea planting, cold frames, new trees, strawberries, columbines, lawns, plant pests, daisies, lilies, onions, tomato troubles, summer bulbs, rose hips, pressed flowers, choice apples, birdhouse gourds, record keeping, garden clean-up, winter ornaments, siting houseplants, purple broccoli, wood ashes, garden structure, and much, much more through the seasons.While this book is about a garden in the northeast, gardeners throughout the country will find common ground merely by adding or subtracting a few days on either side of the outdoor growing season. A Northeast Gardener’s Year is a literary treasure chock-full of practical tips that will delight both the armchair gardener and the dirt-under-the-fingernails gardener. It places Lee Reich in the first rank of garden writers today.

This figurative stroll through the garden brims with wonderful observations and practical tips on when, how, and what to plant throughout the seasons. "Brings together the authority of an experienced horticulturalist and the grace of a fine writer."--Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature. Line drawings throughout.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Since this book sets the beginning of the gardening year in March, it's too bad that it won't be published until April; readers will have to wait 11 months until they can take advantage of the otherwise hard-to-come-by information in the first chapter. However, there is plenty of gritty, hands-on advice to be found throughout the 11 other monthly chapters and in the invaluable appendix, which contains a week-by-week gardening schedule for the entire year. Reich ( Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention ) is no prose stylist--his writing is simple and folksy--but any literary deficiencies are more than made up for by the abundance of horticultural lore that he enthusiastically shares. What sets this book apart from so many other manuals is that it is based on significant firsthand experience, gained through years of gardening ``as far west as Wisconsin, as far south as Delaware, and as far north as New York.'' Readers will learn what seed catalogue ``lemons'' to avoid, how to press flowers, how to plan graceful foundation plantings, and much else. Chock-full of useful information and commentary, this is destined to become a well-thumbed mainstay of the serious gardener's bookshelf. Photos not seen by PW . Garden Book Club selection. (Apr.)
Library Journal
With the authority of an experienced gardener and writer, Reich shares a gardening year in New Paltz, New York. His diary of garden observations and work with vegetables and flowers focuses on plant care that is common in the Northeast, Midwest, and other areas in that plant range. Reich has a fine sense of the level of gardening activity that successful growers need to maintain throughout the year. There is not a lot of detailed cultural information here; his chatty style of writing makes the book most suitable for public library browsing collections. Garden Book Club selection.-- Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201622331
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 733,791
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Reich is a professional horticulturalist and garden writer with a Ph.D. in horticulture. He contributes frequently to The New York Times gardening pages, Horticulture, and Organic Gardening, among other publications, and is the author of Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention (Addison-Wesley, 1991). He lives in New Paltz, New York, but has gardened as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as Delaware.

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