Synopses & Reviews
Its a rare midwesterner who doesnt grow something, whether potted plants on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And its an even rarer midwestern gardener who isnt 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 Americas heartland all the gardening information they want and need, along with plenty they might not even suspect theyre 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 authors 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.
About the Author
Jan Riggenbach is the author of Midwest Gardeners Handbook and a longtime garden columnist and feature writer for Midwest Living magazine.