A Desert Gardener's Companion

A Desert Gardener s Companion Best selling year round guide to Southwest gardening by one of the region s most knowledgeable experts

  • Title: A Desert Gardener's Companion
  • Author: Kim Nelson Paul Mirocha
  • ISBN: 9781887896207
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Best selling, year round guide to Southwest gardening by one of the region s most knowledgeable experts.

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    1. As I get more familiar with my desert surroundings, I have been earnestly reading any books dealing with arid zone gardening. This book helps with acclimating me to sun and sand while still being able to grow plants that can somehow survive 120°F summer temperatures. "The only thing that matters is the earth."(Claude Monet)Having been stupid enough to move to the desert at the very beginning of summer, I profited by learning where the sun strays throughout its relentless day. Since it's basical [...]

    2. Absolutely, positively the most helpful book on desert gardening that I've read. I've got a huge library of gardening reference books, but they mainly categorize and identify different plant species. This book is organized by month and helps the desert gardener plan which activities need to be performed in certain months to get the most out of the garden. Each month starts with a single page summary of the month's activities, and then the chapter follows with details and anecdotes. The author su [...]

    3. This is a good resource for most levels of gardener, though it may not prove too useful for advanced gardeners who already have their seasonal routines figured out. Nelson's calendar seems to run parallel to most Arizona-based calendars, but her approachable and engaging writing style aren't as coldly textbook. On that note, the lack of science may turn off gardeners who want to know the why of certain approaches, such as why to trim newly planted fruit trees down so extremely, stripping them of [...]

    4. I had this one from the library and loved it so much that I had to purchase it. All garden all the time. She gives in-depth advice for each month (week by week). This one will just stay on my list throughout the year.

    5. Good reference, love the month to month layout. I thought it would be a bit more about desert plants, but much of it is on plants that would not grow without lots of water. A decent amount of pesticide recommendation as well.

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