Category Archives: Book Reviews

Fresh From the Garden: Hot Off the Press

This review originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Northern Gardener. Growing fresh, clean food. How hard can that be? Well, in USDA Zones 3 and 4, growing organic…

100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Review

With so much interest in helping bees and other pollinators, many gardeners are asking: So, what do I plant? While declines in pollinator populations are due to a variety of…

Hot Off the Press: A Botanist’s Vocabulary

This review originally appeared in the November/December issue of Northern Gardener. Have you ever been fumbling around, searching for the right terms to explain your latest gardening crisis to a…

Hot Off the Press: Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of Northern Gardener. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb (Ten Speed Press  2015) is an up-to-date revision of her 1975…

Hot Off the Press: Foodscaping

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Combining the edible with the ornamental has become the goal of many gardeners, especially those who garden next…

Book Review: Container Theme Gardens

Nancy J. Ondra, whose earlier book on five-plant gardens received a positive review here, is at it again, this time with container garden ideas, each of which uses just five…

Hot off the Press: Jewels of the Plains

This review originally appeared in the March/April 2016 issue of Northern Gardener. Jewels of the Plains By Claude A. Barr University of Minnesota Press 2015 Claude A. Barr was a…

Book Review: Pollinator Friendly Gardening

In her new book, Pollinator Friendly Gardening, author and Northern Gardener columnist Rhonda Fleming Hayes reinforces a benefit of gardening with pollinators in mind that is sometimes glossed over in…