Your Midwest Garden: An Owner's Manual

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U of Nebraska Press, Mar 1, 2013 - Gardening - 312 pages
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It?s a rare midwesterner who doesn?t grow something, whether potted plants on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And it?s an even rarer midwestern gardener who isn?t sometimes flummoxed by extremes of weather, pesky insects and persistent diseases, or simple questions about what to plant where. For nearly four decades, Jan Riggenbach has given these gardeners answers, as well as a weekly dose of gentle humor and wise counsel, in her widely syndicated newspaper column, Midwest Gardening. Your Midwest Garden draws on these columns to offer readers in America?s heartland all the gardening information they want and need, along with plenty they might not even suspect they?re missing.

Annuals and perennials, shrubs and vines, fruits and vegetables, wildflowers, bulbs, and herbs: As readable as it is useful, this book reviews the familiar, reconsiders old favorites, and introduces dozens of surprising and seldom-grown plants ideal for Midwest gardens and landscapes. Illustrated with color photos from the author?s garden, it provides tips on plant placement and care, starting seeds and making compost, matching specimens and sites, combating insects and diseases, simplifying garden chores, designing for winter beauty, and myriad other ways of enriching and enjoying your Midwest garden.

 

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Contents

Seasonal Showoffs
1
Repeat Performers
35
A Little Prairie by the House
71
Color in a Capsule
89
Alluring Anchors
111
The Ribbons on the Package
135
The Garden of Eatin
145
Flavor to Savor
183
Fragrant Finds
201
Appendix
215
Index
249
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Jan Riggenbach is the author of Midwest Gardener?s Handbook and a longtime garden columnist and feature writer for Midwest Living magazine.

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