What Grows Here?: Problems
Lone Pine, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is the second in a series of
What Grows Here?
guides that address what plants grow best under different constraints. Volume 1 looked at
, and this second in the series covers specific
, with solutions that blend gardening expertise with common sense and good planning. Jim Hole includes specific, relevant questions that he has been asked (as a gardening consultant on television and radio). Chapters are color coded for easy, fast reference, and specific plants can be looked up in the detailed index.
he author starts by summarizing categories of problems -
Pets or Pests
(e.g. arthritis or visual impairment),
Wind & Weather
Pests & Diseases
. He covers each in detail in subsequent chapters, along with over 400 color photographs of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs, which help readers visualize solutions. As an example, in
, the author recommends using a soil test kit, explains how to raise soil pH, and presents various plant preferences with respect to soil types. I was especially interested in
and what grows under their shade, and found some new ideas for groundcover. Detail information provided on each plant includes height and width, as well as soil and sun preferences.
his volume on gardening and landscaping
is a useful addition to Jim Hole's
What Grows Here?
series, the next best thing to being able to get advice from the gardening guru in person.
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