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The title of this work, Gardening Shortcuts, refers to the explanatory writing style, in bite-sized pieces, to learning about basic gardening practices, not to the time and work involved in actually gardening. The photography, layout, and advice are all well done and correct, but the shortcut is doing something corectly the first time, rather than having to do it all over. We all know that shortcut.
But do we do that? If you follow this book, you will do your gardening correctly. Each topic is covered by a two-page spread, color coded by type. The color coding allows for quick reference to plants for shade, summer baskets, plants for poor soil, and container crops, for example. Each topic has additional plant options. All this advice leads the author to call it “gardening in the fast line.” If that is your style, this book is for you.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden