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Midwest Gardener's Handbook: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michgan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsinby Melinda Myers
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With over 30 years of gardening experience, renowned regional horticulturalist Melinda Myers brings you the perfect when-to, how-to, and which-plant guide for gardening in the Midwestern United States.
Meant for the more experienced intermediate to advanced gardener, Midwest Gardener’s Handbook is an all-inclusive resource guide featuring hundreds of proven plants—including winter-hardy choices—that are optimal for Midwestern gardeners. With the help of gorgeous photography and in-depth instructions, author Melinda Myers will teach you how to plant, prune, water, control pests, and continually care for your personal outdoor oasis. A helpful icon key highlights each featured plant’s benefits, along with its particular sun and shade requirements. Featured plant categories discuss annuals, bulbs, edibles, ferns and groundcovers, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, shrubs, trees, turfgrasses, and vines. Each plant is showcased with specific advice on how, when, and where to plant; growing tips, such as watering requirements; and descriptions of routine care. Alongside these “nitty-gritty” aspects of planting and growing, Myers shares her inspiration for garden design, the various ways you can beautifully incorporate plants into your landscape, and her favorite cultivars and species. Even better, she provides twelve full months of when-to advice for each plant category, allowing you to successfully enjoy this peaceful pastime all year round. With proven, practical instructions adapted specially for the Midwestern climate, Midwest Gardener’s Handbook is your ticket to successful planting in America’s Heartland.
Meant for the more experienced gardener, Midwest Gardener’s Handbook is an all-inclusive resource guide featuring hundreds of proven plants that are optimal for Midwestern gardeners.
Nationally renowned gardening expert, TV and radio host, author, and columnist Melinda Myers (Milwaukee, WI) has more than thirty years of horticulture experience and has written over twenty gardening books, including Minnesota Gardener’s Guide, Month-by-Month Gardening in Minnesota, The Garden Book for Wisconsin, Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin, and Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening (all published by Cool Springs Press). Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine, writes the twice-monthly newspaper column “Gardeners’ Questions,” and also writes columns for Gardening How-to and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She has written articles for Better Homes and Gardens and Fine Gardening magazines and was a columnist and contributing editor for Backyard Living magazine. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments that air on over 115 TV and radio stations throughout the United States and previously hostedthe Plant Doctor radio program for over twenty years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, and was a tenured horticulture instructor. Visit Melinda on her website at www.melindamyers.com.
All you need to know to plan, plant, and maintain your Midwestern garden.
Creating a flower bed that draws admiring looks from passersby, complementing the look of your home with a beautiful landscape, and harvesting your very own homegrown edibles fresh from the garden do not happen by chance. No matter where in the Midwest you live, you know that gardening success depends on knowing not only how, but when to perform certain tasks.
Midwest Gardener’s Handbook features:
- Chapters on edible gardening, including vegetables and herbs
- Nine popular plant categories, from annuals to trees
- A monthly “to-do” checklist for each plant category
- The top plant recommendations for Midwestern gardeners
Author Melinda Myers is an expert on gardening in the Midwest, and in this guide she shares her years of hard-won experience with you, the Midwest gardener. Midwest Gardener’s Handbook is your one-stop source for all your questions about gardening in the Midwest!
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