Earthly Delights: Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way is just the tonic for the gardener who wants that beautiful garden but doesn't want to spend six hours a day achieving it. Organized by the planting seasons, this book offers tested strategies for achieving a glorious garden without the backache and vexations. And every tip eschews chemicals and other pesticides. If you are a lazy gardener, someone on a limited budget, or someone easily intimidated by it all all this book will show you how you can overcome any of these obstacles.
Earthly Delights: Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way 4.3 out of 5based on
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5 months ago
Lots of information, with solid advice for North and South Carolina gardens, but all the book's stories seemed to reflect well on the author and not so well on everybody else, which became tiresome. Perhaps it's a matter of temperment, but I preferred Henry Mitchell's One Man's Garden, which balances deep knowledge with self-deprecating humor. Both books were repetitive at points, but that's an unavoidable hazard with a book of collected newspaper columns. Earthly Delights was good book to skim.
More than 1 year ago
This book should get a ten-star rating. The conversational style is delightful and should be a must for every beginning gardener. Experienced gardeners will love her chatty opinions like "too much of a good thing, is not nearly enough". I wish that I had discovered her two books before she passed away so that I could have told her personally how much I enjoyed them. I read the first one with a pen and highlighter in hand so that I could comment on her wise, amusing, and" oh, me, too!" passages. She is now the sage advisor that I quote to all of my friends; they all know about Margot.
I've passed my annotated volume on to a friend who will also make comments in it and then pass it along, too. But I didn't do that until I had taken notes on it during a second reading and copied favorite quotes. What fun! Margot is truly an inspiration.
More than 1 year ago
Earthly Delights, by Margot Rochester is not a book that gives pictures and growing conditions of a hundred plants. It is more an easy conversational style that takes the reader through the stages of the garden year and how Ms. Rochester approaches her garden chores. Her nature, she admits, is to being a lazy gardener and thus tilling, or removing sod, to install a new garden is bypassed by laying down newspaper and mulch instead. Her attitude to her garden is summed up in one phrase, when describing her neighbor¿s garden: ¿..her garden is much neater than mine and possesses a sense of order that mine lacks. But I say ¿Each to her own.¿ I find rigidity and neatness stifling myself, but the beauty of a garden is in the eye of the gardener.¿ Many of us have garden friends who eagerly lead us to their garden to view the latest flowering horticultural wonder. This is a curl up in the middle of winter and be led into the authors garden for a while.
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