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It's all here--step-by-step guidance for gardening success in
Michigan's varying soil types and often difficult climate. Veteran
garden writer Jerry Minnich presents detailed directions and
practical tips for growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, landscaping
plants, and house plants, as well as dependable advice on hundreds
of garden operations.
Minnich begins where gardening begins--in the soil--as he tells how
to build a healthy and productive soil, and how to solve soil
problems. In subsequent chapters he reveals composting and mulching
techniques, and what to do when the weather is less than congenial
for gardens. Minnich describes more than sixty Michigan vegetables,
tells how to grow them, and lists recommended varieties for each.
There are also chapters on growing fruits, berries, and nuts, and
on food storage. Minnich devotes a chapter to growing annuals and
perennials, another on lawns, trees, and ornamental woody plants.
He tells how to deal with insect and animal pests without using
harmful chemicals, and he includes a major section on
Throughout, Minnich approaches the subject with experience, wit,
and style. Readers will learn how to deal with weeds in the lawn,
how to surf the landscape for com-posting materials, and how to
grow mulch at home. He explains intercropping, companion planting,
seed saving, cover cropping, strip composting and other techniques.
He tells how to raise unusual crops such as tomatillos and
radicchio, as well as the standard favorites. He explains how the
science of phenology can help the gardener, how to take a soil
test, how to use earthworms to turn household wastes in to compost,
and how to attract birds and toads to the garden.And he lists more
than a thousand varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and
ornamentals that can be trusted to grow in the Michigan
"The Michigan Gardening Guide" is the one backyard guide that
Michigan gardeners can trust. It is a tool as indispensable as the
hoe and the shovel.
Jerry Minnich has written about gardening for more than twenty
years and has been commended with a Certificate of Merit by the
Garden Writers Association of America. His interest in gardening
began when he joined the staff of "Organic Gardening" in the