24 February 2010

Year-Round Gardening - the Complete Idiot's Guide

Sheri Ann Richerson is a best selling author. She teamed up with Delilah Smittle to produce The Complete Idiot's Guide to Year-Round Gardening.

Richerson's website, here doesn't say much about the book so let me tell you what I've found.

It is a very upbeat presentation of the many ways to extend your growing season. For example, row covers, cold frames, bubble wrap, and tunnels.

The chapter on start with the soil, explains micro and macro nutrients such as nitrogen, the qualities of healthy soil, and how to improve what you have.

Compost is explained, fertilizers recommended, and seed starting is covered.

Some of the unusual ideas include placing heating cables at the bottom of a raised bed to get the temperature up when needed. One of the authors wraps her greenhouse in bubble wrap in the winter. And, she keeps finches in the greenhouse.

Aspirin water is recommended for greenhouse plants. Dissolve 3 aspirin (80 mm) in 4 gallons of water and spray.

If you are in the market for a basic book with some unique tips, or are new to gardening, check out "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Year Round Gardening"; it's $8.50 on Amazon.

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