Title Month-by-month gardening in Michigan: what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year

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Just because it is August does not mean your gardening has to be done for the year! Check out our book Month-by-month gardening in Michigan: what to do each month to have a beautiful garden all year. This book, written by Fizzell, James A., includes gardening directions on a monthly basis that include: The most effective planting techniques to use in your garden, How and when to prune, The best season to fertilize your lawn, Transplanting techniques, and Generalized care of eleven different plant categories. This book also includes twelve monthly calendars for each plant category that makes it easy for the reader to find the appropriate gardening advice. So, take control of your garden and landscaping all twelve months of the year today!

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #171

What promises to be a rather formulaic chick lit., mildly entertaining summer escapist read turned out to be a compulsive page-turner - twisty, sexy and magical.

In debut novelist Margot Berwin's Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, recently divorced Lila Nova impulsively purchased a bird of paradise from the hunky plant guy at a Manhattan green market to spruce up her depressingly lifeless apartment. Soon she was hooked - on David, as well as the lore and lure of tropical plants.

A chance discovery of a rare plant at an odd Laundromat and its enigmatic proprietor Armand took Lila deep into the Yucatan jungle, in search of extreme adventure and the nine mythical plants of desire. Little did Lila know what await her amidst unspeakable beauty and magic, would be treachery and heartbreak, but ultimately, also self-knowledge and redemption.

Hothouse Flower is fresh, fun, and wonderfully captivating - everything you would want for a lazy summer’s eve.

For fans of Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells and Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate . Plant enthusiasts and eco travelers would do well to also check out Susan Orlean’s award-winning The Orchid Thief.

* = Starred Review

Landscaping

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Want to make over your yard? Need to freshen up that lawn? Well, check out our DVD series on landscaping hosted by Don Marquardt. There are many Dvds in this series that include Lawns in the Landscape, Landscape Plant Selection, and An Introduction to Landscape Design. Don is a professional lanscape architect with 25 years of experience. He is sure to help get you on the right track with all of your lawn care needs!

The Freshest Herbs are Homegrown

Want to start growing your own herb garden, but have no idea where to begin? Pick up one of these books The Herb Garden Gourmet by Tim Haas or Herb Gardening for the Midwest by Debra Knapke to learn all about starting your own herb garden. These books will answer questions about herbs in general, as well as where, when, and how to plant many of your favorite herbs.

Square Foot Gardening

Looking to start a garden, but don't think you have enough room? Well think again! Check out the book, All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew to help get you started. Square Foot Gardening is the practice of creating small but intensively planted gardens. The practice includes concepts such as organic gardening, closely planted crops, and rasied beds to get the most productive garden possible within a limited space. This type of gardening is great for kids and people with limited mobility as well as those with a limited amount of space in which to garden.

Yes we can!

I have decided that my summer project will be canning and drying: preserving as much food from the farmers' market and garden so that I might eat local throughout the year. Books like The Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle have inspired me to try to reduce the amount of food that I eat that comes from far away.

I figured that I could allay my fear of food poisoning by finding the right books and just diving in. A farmer friend recommended Putting Food By: a classic which I am glad to say was also suggested in Preserving Time in a Bottle (or a Jar), a recent New York Times article. The Times talked to Eugenia Bone about her new book: Well-Preserved (there are many holds on it which proves how many AADL patrons read the Times).

The Westside Farmers' Market Is Back In Action

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Due to zoning restrictions the status of the 2009 season for the Westside Farmers’ Market was in limbo. The City of Ann Arbor has resolved the issue and the Market will run from June 18th – Sept 24th in the Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot each Thursday from 3-7pm. For an inside scoop of the larger Kerrytown market, check out Ann Arbor Fresh: recipes and stories from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market and the Kerrytown Historic District. Hooray for local produce!

Flower Gardening with Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck

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On Thursday, May 21, 7pm at the Pittsfield Branch, learn valuable flower gardening tips from Master Gardener Carol Brodbeck, member of the American Horticulture Society.

Public Gardens of Michigan

Are you a gardening buff? Check out our fabulous book Public Gardens of Michigan. This is a detailed book exploring the public gardens located here in our home state. If you want to plan day trips, and love looking at gardens, this book would be the perfect book for you.

Making Dirt

When I grew up, my family had a vegetable garden behind our house and we kept a compost bin for all of our food trash. After I got my own place, I felt guilty for throwing food into the trash, but the bins that I saw in stores were kind of pricey. So, when this past weekend turned out to be so warm and sunny, I went into the backyard and dug a pit for a compost heap. There are lots of variations on the compost bin, and all of them are very easy to do. Whether you are a gardener or just want to cut down on your trash output, here are some books to check out.
The Compost Heap
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings
The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

But be sure to remember one thing that I forgot; if you dig a hole near a tree, you’re going to run into roots. Oops.

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