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Gardening Book Releases: February 2024

With spring rapidly approaching, here are a few horticulture book releases from February 2024 to inspire you for the upcoming season.

The Layered Edible Garden

Christina Chung

In The Layered Edible Garden, author Christina Chung offers a delightful exploration into the world of food production through layered gardening techniques. As the title suggests, this book is a comprehensive beginner’s guide, meticulously crafted to help readers embark on a journey towards creating their own bountiful and diverse food gardens.

Chung’s approach to gardening is refreshingly holistic, emphasizing the concept of layers not only in terms of design but also in relation to food production. Each layer—whether it be ground covers, herbaceous plants, shrubs, or trees—is carefully considered for its role in creating a thriving ecosystem that maximizes productivity while minimizing maintenance.

The Layered Edible Garden focuses on the various layers of food production within a garden. Chung expertly guides readers through the process of selecting and interplanting different species to optimize space, sunlight, and resources. From nutrient-rich ground covers that suppress weeds and improve soil health to towering fruit trees that provide shade and sustenance, every layer is thoughtfully integrated to create a harmonious and productive garden ecosystem.

Chung makes complex concepts easily understandable for those new to gardening. The inclusion of practical tips, step-by-step instructions, and helpful illustrations further enhances the book’s usability, empowering readers to confidently start their own edible gardens with success.

The emphasis on sustainability and organic practices resonates throughout the book. It advocates for the use of natural fertilizers, composting, and companion planting to create resilient and environmentally friendly gardens that produce healthy, nutrient-dense food.

The Layered Edible Garden is a valuable resource for anyone interested in growing their own food.

Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, Revised and Expanded

Carolyn Summers and Kate Brittenham

Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, Revised and Expanded, offers an insightful and practical guide to cultivating gardens that thrive while supporting local ecosystems and biodiversity. It encourages gardeners to embrace native plant species, showcasing how these plants can create beautiful, resilient, and ecologically harmonious landscapes.

The author’s passion for native flora shine through in the detailed descriptions of plants and design strategies. This revised and expanded edition includes updated information on plant species, new photographic illustrations, and additional insights into creating wildlife-friendly gardens that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for the environment.

The book focuses on sustainability and the promotion of practices that contribute to the health of the planet. By advocating for the use of native plants, Summers addresses issues such as water conservation, the reduction of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the support of local wildlife, including pollinators and birds.

The practical advice offered is accessible to both novice and experienced gardeners, with clear guidelines on how to select, plant, and care for native species. The book also tackles the challenges of designing gardens that fit the aesthetic and functional needs of their owners while respecting the natural landscapes and ecological processes.

Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East is not just a gardening book; it’s a call to action for gardeners to consider the environmental impact of their choices and to play a role in preserving native landscapes. It’s a valuable resource for anyone interested in sustainable gardening practices, landscape design, and environmental conservation.

Mathieu manages the and websites. He is also a garden designer for a landscaping company in Montreal, Canada. Although he loves contributing to the blog, he prefers fishing.

1 comment on “Gardening Book Releases: February 2024

  1. hashton071bb2a552

    Thank you for reviewing these gardening books!!

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