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Book Review: The Allergy-Fighting Garden

Stop Asthma and Allergies with Smart Landscaping Written by Thomas Leo Ogren Published by Ten Speed Press, 2015 Reviewed by Tom Benjamin Do you or does someone you know or care about suffer from seasonal allergies? Here’s an important point to consider when designing or simply inhabiting the landscape around you: In the past ten…

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Book Review: Teaming with Nutrients

Written by Jeff Lowenfels Published by Timber Press ©2013 Reviewed by George Batchelor What do plants eat?  In his latest book, Teaming with Nutrients, Jeff Lowenfels writes for the gardener who is fascinated by plants and wants to better understand and visualize the world of soil molecules and root hairs, of hydrogen ions, covalent bonds,…

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Book Review: A Native Plants Reader

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Guides for a Greener Planet Edited by Niall Dunne Published by Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2012 Reviewed by Bruce Patterson A Native Plants Reader is an impressive collection of native plant essays by distinguished authors, educators, conservationists, and horticulturalists. Their personal stories working with native plants in the Northeast weave together a wide…

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DVD Review: Holistic Orcharding

with Michael Phillips Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Generally when you’ve read and enjoyed a book, the movie version is a disappointment. But the recently released DVD, Holistic Orcharding, from Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, is a wonderful exception. This five-hour video is subdivided into twenty-one sections that follow Phillips…

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Book Review: Paradise Lot

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City Written by Eric Toensmeier, with contributions from Jonathan Bates Published by Chelsea Press, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Like a well-designed polyculture, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates have packed a lot of valuable and interesting…

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Book Review: The Holistic Orchard

The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way Written by Michael Phillips Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011, 414 pages Reviewed by Nick Novick Interest seems to be on the rise in all things local and sustainable. The outstanding Vermont-based publisher, Chelsea Green, reflects—and, perhaps, feeds—this trend with many excellent titles on building,…

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Ebook Review: Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation

Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation Written by Robert Kourik Published by Metamorphic Press, 2012 Reviewed by Brett Graf Robert Kourik’s ebook, Greater Garden Yields with Drip Irrigation, provides strong evidence that drip irrigation is not just for low-water landscapes. It contains information from numerous studies that show that using proper drip irrigation strategies can…

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Book Review: A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens

A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens Written by Carole Ottesen Published by Smithsonian Books, 2011 Reviewed by Risa Edelstein As a landscape designer, I try to visit gardens every season both for inspiration and fresh ideas. A few years ago, I was in Washington with colleagues, and we got to see some of the gardens in…

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