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Earthly Delights : Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way :  Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way - Margot Rochester

Earthly Delights : Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way

Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way

Hardcover Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9781589790780
Number Of Pages: 208

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This book is just the tonic for the gardener who wants that beautiful garden but doesn't want to spend 6 hours a day achieving it.

Gardeners on the lookout for a straight-talking mentor should profit from Rochester's journal and its refreshingly practical musings. No plant snobbery here but rather a self-described leisurely gardener who revels in finding shortcuts to digging and cultivating her plot of land. Rochester's attitude invites the reader to take a break, pour a cup of tea, and forge a fine and friendly relationship with a kindred spirit. -- Alice Joyce * Booklist *
The essays provide simple, timesaving insights on how to cultivate a natural refuge in any growing zone without backbreaking work or worry. Rochester is a master gardener and her sound horticultural advice is presented in a light, humorous tone that makes this book a relaxing refuge in its own right. * Publishers Weekly *
Informs gardeners about plant selection, garden design, propagating, seed starting, on-the-spot composting, pruning, and attracting birds and butterflies as well as reflecting upon ways gardening enriches the gardener's life. * Foreword Reviews *
Rochester's writing is conversational and witty; gardeners will smile at her musings on topics. Most essential, however, are her reflections on the plants she loves. Gardeners, especially those in the South, will pick up some great ideas here. * Library Journal *
Earthly Delights is a collection of her witty, wise and philosophical garden columns. -- Sheila Riddick McKinney * Chronicle-Independent *
Rochester's book advocates gardening with mininal effort for maximum show. -- Megan Sexton * The State *
Helps broaden our understanding of the rhythm of the gardening year. * National Gardening Association *
It's also an easy read, almost like Rochester is taking you by the hand to walk you through her garden as she shares her thoughts and tips. -- Debbie Radford * The Beaufort Gazette *
Perhaps it's time to put down the shovel and wipe the sweat out of your eyes. A little hammock time with Earthly Delights might teach you a trick or tow about gardening the easy way. -- Marian St. Clair * The Greenville News *
Her conversational, clever and hilarious book offers more than 75 no-nonsense tips for the lazy, older or practical gardener who seeks a manageable, organic, gorgeous landscape. -- Pam Beck * News Observer *
Rochester has a philosophy that gardening should be fun, and if it isn't, don't do it. She offers more than 75 strategies for avoiding backache and vexation. * Plain Dealer *
Goes into great and witty depth about the many ways to make gardening less like drudgery and more satisfying. -- Geegee Rosell * Island Breeze *
Cheap and labor-saving...that combination just can't be beat. -- Kevin Scott Cutler * Beaufort-Hyde News *
A charmingly chatty how-to manual. -- Denise Cowie * The Philadelphia Inquirer *
In a very common sense way of gardening along with a delightful sense of humor, Rochester shares her considerable gardening knowledge. Earthly Delights inspires us to enjoy gardening and spend our efforts and energy on other things than turning the compost heap or pulling multitudes of weeds. -- Joanne S. Carpender * National Garden Clubs *
Margot Rochester blends solid how-to advice with delightful anecdotes. -- Hilary Groutage * The Salt Lake Tribune *
Experience gardeners who read Earthly Delights will find much that is familiar, but I don't think you can read more than a sentence or two without learning new garden facts. -- Betsy Jukofsky * Hilton Head Island Packet *
This retired high school English teacher's gardening and writing expertise shines forth in all 216 pages of the book. -- Betsy Humphries * Item *
While this garden maven says she takes the lazy person's route to cultivating, readers quickly will understand there's no lack of passion here. Rochester's gardens have sprouted from one funny, feisty, and free-spirited seed. * The Coast *
A really fun look at getting gardening done without doing yourself in. -- Nel Neal * The Clarion-Ledger *
Earthly Delights avoids the compulsive perfectionism that drives many out of gardening into hobbies less subject to the influence of weather, insects, mold, chipmunks, and nutsedge. A great gift to your favorite gardener, who will read and smile through a whole year of gardening experiences. -- Donna Williamson * Hortresources Newsletter *
Enjoy of the change of seasons as you learn from this charming book about how to garden year-round the easy way. If you find yourself stressing out about how to manage your landscape, curl up with Earthly Delights and feel you weary self relax. -- Marianne Binetti * Seattle Post-Intelligencer *
This book is a 'curl up in the middle of winter and be led into the author's garden for a while.' * Fauquier Times-Democrat *
Opinionated, irrverant, funny, thought provoking, and this decade's version of Henry Mitchell. * The Day *
A pleasant read. * Trentonian *
A delightful, information-packed romp down the garden path. * Carolina Gardener *
If you want to garden for pleasure with minimal effort for maximum results, this book is for you. Margot is a knowledgeable and experienced gardener plus an entertaining writer. -- Rose Wilkins * Sandlapper *

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Breaking Groundp. 1
True Confessions of a Leisurely Gardenerp. 2
Just Say No to Unpleasant Tasksp. 5
Give Me Five ... or Tenp. 8
Garden Smarterp. 11
Getting Personal in the Gardenp. 14
The Grand Touristp. 17
Autumnp. 21
A Time of Renewalp. 22
September Separates the Optimistsp. 25
Autumn Joysp. 28
Keep Your Eyes on the Groundcoversp. 31
Mixing It Up in the Borderp. 34
When the Tough Get Goingp. 37
Bulbs Predict a Glorious Springp. 40
Good Things Come in Small Bulbsp. 43
The Great Cover-Upp. 46
Love Those Loropetalumsp. 49
Lighten Up the Shadep. 52
Splendor in the Grassesp. 55
Shrubbing It Upp. 58
A Kick out of Cleaning Upp. 61
Winterp. 65
Leave the Leavesp. 66
Some Gifts Cannot Be Wrappedp. 68
Divide and Expandp. 71
A Twisted Tale of Vinesp. 74
Sometimes the News Is Goodp. 77
Them Bones, Them Bonesp. 80
Follies in the Foundationp. 82
Variations on Variegationp. 85
A Camellia Is a Camellia Is a Camelliap. 88
An Epiphany in Every Seedp. 91
It's Dangerous Out There in the Gardenp. 94
To Prune or Not to Prunep. 97
Springp. 101
It's Spring ... and Time to Shopp. 102
If You Plant Them, They Will Bloomp. 105
The Hydrangea Puzzlementp. 109
Turning Yard Work into Garden Joyp. 112
Reba and Me in the Gardenp. 115
Put the Xip into Xeriscapingp. 118
Consider the Liliesp. 121
The Dazzle of Dayliliesp. 124
A Love-Hate Relationship with Irisp. 127
Gardening with the Enemyp. 130
I'll Never Be a Bedderp. 133
Turf Battlesp. 136
The Show Goes Onp. 139
The Siren Sound of Waterp. 142
Summerp. 145
Summer Shrubs on the Shy Sidep. 146
A Rule of Green Thumb: Prune after Bloomp. 149
Tomatoes Are for Everyone, Almostp. 152
Tropical Pizzazzp. 155
A Lust for Lantanasp. 158
Mints Get a Bad Rapp. 161
Just Give Me a Fig Tree and a Vinep. 164
Put It in a Potp. 167
More, Gotta Have Morep. 170
A Wandering Mind Wants to Growp. 173
Herbs with Allurep. 176
Save Me a Salviap. 179
Secret to Success: Succulentsp. 182
Crepe or Crape? I'll Take Bothp. 185
Weed Warp. 188
Something that Bugs Mep. 191
Winnowingp. 195
Walking in a Woodland of One's Ownp. 196
Good Friends, Garden Differencesp. 199
Laurie's Garden: A Work in Progressp. 202
Other People's Gardensp. 205
Passalong Some Friendshipp. 208
Who's in the Habitat?p. 211
Say Goodbye to Garden Guiltp. 214
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 219
About the Authorp. 239
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ISBN: 9781589790780
ISBN-10: 1589790782
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.51

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