Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening: Techniques For Growing Landscape & Garden Plants In Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Norther by Lynn M. SteinerBlack & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening: Techniques For Growing Landscape & Garden Plants In Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Norther by Lynn M. Steiner

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening: Techniques For Growing Landscape & Garden Plants In Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Norther

byLynn M. Steiner

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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This book offers a didactic, practical approach that allows novice to intermediate residential gardeners to experience success with their vegetable, fruit, and ornamental gardens. This is not an attempt at a comprehensive “Bible” of gardening information, but a complete but focused treatment of plant species and simple, time saving techniques that maximize the homeowners likelihood of succeeding with his or her garden. Contains regional information for the following states in USDA zones 3, 4, and 5: Montana, Colorado, northern New Mexico, Wyoming, northern Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Lynn Steiner is one of the Upper Midwest's best-known garden writers and a frequent speaker at gardening and environmental events. She is the author and photographer of several books that advocate for the effective use of native plants in the typical home landscape. Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota, the first book desig...
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Title:Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening: Techniques For Growing Landscape & G...Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 10.88 X 8.25 X 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:Cool Springs PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1589236483

ISBN - 13:9781589236486

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Editorial Reviews

Adding to Black & Decker’s line of DIY books, The Complete Guide to Gardening is divided into seven region-specific volumes. All include the same instructions and general information, but Steiner (Rain Gardens; Prairie-Style Gardens) tailors the plant suggestions and climate data. Strengths include an excellent introduction on the importance of botanical names, soil type, and soil pH as well as definitions of key terms such as herbaceous and dioecious. Easy-to-follow instructions and copious color photographs cover the preparation, planting, care, and maintenance of various garden types; other topics include the basics of good design and propagating methods. Steiner does mention some of the benefits of using native plants, but it would have been helpful to highlight them so they could be recognized at a glance. She also mentions the importance of avoiding invasive plants; the information is not region-specific, but checking invasiveplantatlas.org is suggested. A handy reference card listing websites of state extension offices and native plants is also included. VERDICT: Overall, these books provide a very good introduction to and broad overview of gardening with excellent step-by-step instructions. The handy index of plants’ common names is also helpful for beginners. - Library Journal