Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Beginning Gardening For Canada -- Book Review


The Lone Pine book 'Beginning Gardening For Canada' by A. H. Jackson is a good book for the beginning gardener, no matter what age the gardener is.  The Beginning Gardener book gives the gardener the basics of soil,sunlight, fertility,and pruning.
This book helps with the selection of plant material as well.  Sometimes her choice of plant material avoids the problematic issues with a plant, an examples the use of Barberry (Berberis thumbergii) as a hedge.  As a boy my job was pruning them, a nasty job!  I was not upset when this plant was banned.

The new voluntary cessation of introducing of new varieties by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) because a new virulent strain of wheat rust Ug-99 from Uganda is not addressed and may misguide a new beginner gardener.

Overall a good book for the very novice gardener.

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