Gardening

Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening

Author: 
B. Rosie Lerner and Beverly S. Netzhammer
Publisher: 
West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press
Publication Date: 
1994
ISBN: 
1-557-53053-X

cloth, 308 p.,  $27.95

Despite its intriguing title, this book is a down-to-earth (no pun intended) manual on what to do when. Written by two highly experienced Indiana women, a landscape designer and a consumer horticultural expert at Purdue University's Extension Service, both Master Gardeners, the information is factual, concise, aimed at the Midwest climate and easy to find. At the beginning, the authors explain their title (read the book to find out; I'll never tell), and then they build their information through the year.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
2

Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscap

Author: 
Robert Hart
Publisher: 
White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication Date: 
1996
ISBN: 
0-930-03184-9

paper, 234 p., $17.95

An English gardening classic, revised and expanded for North America, this book explores, according to its promoters, the principles of a "backyard perma-culture." This book begins by describing the concepts of agro-forestry, where trees are cultivated in conjunction with crops. The book argues that the forest garden is the most productive garden of all in terms of land use. A small area, according to Hart, can support a family of 10 and can become a way of life in terms of the other kinds of life supported within its domain.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
2

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