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by Margot Rochester

Down to Earth is about gardening for pleasure: exerting minimal effort for maximum results. So many gardening books make America's favorite hobby seem both mentally and physically laborious. They are full of esoteric advice on color theory, plant combinations, and nutrient requirements, as well as stern admonitions to double-dig, weed, and color coordinate. Rochester encourages readers to garden for self-gratification. No hoeing, no tilling, no turning of piles. No chemical insecticides or herbicides, either. The author's goal is to encourage and enable gardeners to simplify tasks, saving time and money, while making their gardens their own. Addressing soil preparation, plant selection, propagating, seed starting, mulching, on-the-spot composting and so much more, Down to Earth is an entertainingly wry book of gardening throughout the seasons.
Download Down to Earth: Practical Thoughts for Passionate Gardeners epub
ISBN: 158979382X
ISBN13: 978-1589793828
Category: Home
Subcategory: Gardening & Landscape Design
Author: Margot Rochester
Language: English
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1 edition (January 16, 2009)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1833 kb
FB2 size: 1516 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 812
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Margot reminds us of things we had once known and forgotten along the way and surprises us with things we ought to have known. She never loses focus on the moral of her message: "Never work harder than absolutely necessary. Gardening should always be a labor of love." Each chapter ends with a dollop of sage advice for living well, seamlessly flowing from the smaller context of the garden. She tells us that gardeners see the world differently, through "a gardener's eye."

She does not mince words when she knows you need to change your ways: "When a plant is more trouble than it is worth, get rid of it. Life is short and replacements plentiful." She frees us with the admonition to ignore the rules and writes that it is okay to change our minds, over and over again. She quotes Eleanor Roosevelt, "Learn from the mistakes of others because you do not have time to make them all yourself."
Things all gardeners need to know:
* Shrubs are the new perennials.
* Consider the power of pots to fill holes in the garden.
* A daily garden amble is a powerful gardening tool.
* Keep a plastic trough of potting mix handy (two-thirds peat and one-third compost).
* Not hostas. Pulmonaria (deer resist them and slugs detest them).
* Gray and silver are as great in the garden as they can be on gardeners' heads
* Vision of an ideal garden, a personal Eden pp. 47-49 (a great place to start reading if you are ignoring the rules, which you should be doing).

You can only sort through seed catalogues and sit in front of the computer for so long before you find yourself yearning for something more substantial. It is winter, but gardeners are forward thinking optimists who have a good friend in Margot Rochester. She has presented us with the perfect anecdote to the wintertime blues.

You're going to love this book!
Margot Rochester is so easy to read. Every gardener will enjoy her folksy style and great advice. This is my second copy. I keep mine on my porch where I always have it to read, and my first one got too wet.
I knew Margot personally and her personality reflects in her book. She not only gives great gardening information, she does it in a well written way. This is a must have for anyone who is interested in gardening. It would be an excellent gift for the novice as well as the experienced gardener.
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Margot Rochester was a wonderful, smart and kind woman who had a fabulous sense of what is and isn't important in gardening and in life. This book is a wonderful read, filled with her common sense gardening tips and techniques - as well as her ideas about what makes life worth living.

There are many useful garden tips as well as extensive plant information (written for anyone who enjoys gardening). You'll get lots of new ideas for plants you weren't aware of, or hadn't considered. This is a charming book and a wonderful gift for anyone that enjoys gardening.