You must believe in spring (Tony Bennett)

Title: How to Mulch by Stu Campbell
Publisher: Storey Publishing (new edition, Amazon digital)
96 pp
Genre: gardening, mulch, horticulture, how to,
3.5 stars****
Author: Stu Campbell has been writing gardening how to books, especially on mulch, for some time. They are concise, straightforward and easy to read.
Story Line: As the title indicates, this is a beginners guide to mulching, simply illustrated, informative and basic. It will provide you with how and why to mulch, the types of mulch available and what will suit your budget. It would be useful for beginner gardeners, and a refresher for others. Given the importance of water restrictions in many climates of the U.S., this book is more relevant today. It would appear this is an updated digital version, which is also timely for the spring market. I would be tempted to peruse it from the library or in the bookstore before purchasing, to see if it suits your needs. There was nothing new for me but I am a serious mulcher (in three locations on two continents).
Read On:
How to mulch by Catherine Moravec
Mulch it! 2000 by Stu Campbell (128 pp)
The complete Mulch Book (1991) Stu Campbell (120 pp)

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Second Saturday Book Sale

Second Saturday Garden Books Sale
Saturday June 12
10:00 AM to 12:45 PM

The Friends’ Bookstore will have gardening books for sale in the lobby of the Rochester Public Library. The books include such books as planning patios, herbs and perennials, pruning, and fail-safe flowers. The Friends’ Bookstore will also be offering garden books for half-price in the store. Spend $20 and get a free Friends’ t-shirt!

Beverly Nichols


Rhapsody in Green: The Garden wit and wisdom of Beverly Nichols ed. by Roy C Dicks. (2009)

“Welcome hilarity to the all-too-serious literature of gardening” NYTimes.
“Master of hyperbolic understatement”
Pen and Ink Drawings by William McLaren (these are a charming part of the book!)

“One doesn’t read gardening advertisements in moments of cooler judgment. One reads them in an ecstasy of unquestioning faith. That is why everybody should buy shares in seed firms.”

This book is TOO short! 128 pages of delight, of memories, of enchanting descriptions laced with wry wit. You keep turning the pages for the plant details, the lovely word photographs and the skewered individuals/gardeners!
I have to email quotes to various people: for the heathers, the white garden, the critics, Chelsea, cyclamen, bulbs, ….the list becomes dozens of people!