The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column

The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column "Garden Q and A."

by Garden Editors of the New York Times, Leslie Land
     
 

Authoritative, accessible, and engaging, here is a new reference from The New York Times, a comprehensive, nearly 700-page bible of all the garden news that's fit to print. Based on "Gardeners Q&A." the enormously popular syndicated column, 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers is like a passionate conversation between gardeners and gardening experts.

Overview


Authoritative, accessible, and engaging, here is a new reference from The New York Times, a comprehensive, nearly 700-page bible of all the garden news that's fit to print. Based on "Gardeners Q&A." the enormously popular syndicated column, 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers is like a passionate conversation between gardeners and gardening experts. Every week readers from around the country send in their most vexing problems--how to divide perennials, prune raspberry canes, grow basil that really tastes like basil, get rid of earwigs, find long-lost varieties of flowers, keep honeysuckle under control--and every week, the authorities at the Times write a column full of answers.

Carefully selected, updated, and expanded by Leslie Land, one of the column's two authors, here are 1,000 Q&As that add up to an informal encyclopedia of gardening knowledge. The book covers flowers, trees, shrubs, the lawn, vegetables, herbs, fruit, indoor plants, soil, pests, and troublemakers. It addresses problems and provides answers to difficulties in every North American zone. Hundreds of line drawings illustrate the book, providing botanical identification and demonstrating how-to gardening techniques. In addition, sidebars throughout supply supplemental information--"Dos and Don'ts of Deadheading," "Annuals that Beat the Heat," "To Prune or Not to Prune: The Clematis Question," "Air Layering," "Windowsill Bonsai"--plus quirky facts, trivia, lore, and myth. It's big, it's got heft, it's filled to the brim with information. And it's so lively, it reads like a novel--and belongs on every gardener's potting bench and bedside table.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"While you're at it, why not hope to win the lottery, live forever, and bring about world peace?" begins the response to one gardener's overly ambitious design proposal (before the problem is assessed and a more manageable solution is provided). This book may set aside ideals, but it is rich in practical and informed ideas about harmonious garden plans and healthy plantings. Land, the gardening columnist for the New York Times, developed this volume in response to the multitude of reader questions. Expanded from material written by Land and two former Times gardening writers, the text uses a Q&A format to address a gamut of gardening topics. The result is a substantial reference work useful to novice and experienced gardeners alike, with the Q&As organized into five sections: "Flowering Plants," "Landscaping," "Edible Plants," "Container Gardening," and "Maintenance." The subtopics within each section are many and diverse, including historically appropriate plantings, houseplants, over-wintering, and organic vegetable growing, as well as standard topics such as deer damage, roses, pruning, soil types and amendment, and recommended plant lists for specific situations. Solutions for standard and specialized concerns are well presented and clearly written with informative but not overwhelming details and a sense of humor. This volume compares well with many of the general gardening reference books on the market. For gardening reference collections of all sizes.-Jennifer Burek Pierce, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Lib. & Information Science, Indianapolis Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761128861
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.32(h) x 2.36(d)

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Meet the Author


Dora Galitzki, a former author of "Gardener's Q&A," is the author of The Gardener's Essential Companion.

Leslie Land, author of "Gardeners' Q. & A.," began writing for the Times's garden department in 1997. A former senior editor at Yankee Magazine, her articles also appear in The New York Times, Food & Wine, HG, Metropolitan Home,and Country Journal. She is the co-author of The 3,000 Mile Garden.

Linda Yang is known for her garden columns in the New York Times, which were widely syndicated from 1979-1995. Both her articles and her photographs have been published in numerous home and garden magazines, and she is the author of three books other than The City Gardener's Handbook. Her friendly, wise, and authoritative writing comes from a genuine love of gardening and from firsthand experiences that include "quite a bit of trial and more than one error." At present she tills one-fortieth of an acre of Manhattan, the area around the townhouse she shares with her husband.

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