in New Zealand Month by Month
Published by New Holland
Reviewed by Robert Gordon
Christchurch garden writer Dennis Greville has come up with a foolproof
formula for this comprehensive book. And, as he writes in his introduction,
"the gardener's ability to trust in the rebirth of the garden .
seems to me to be the essence of what gardening is all about."
Starting with spring
and working through season-by-season, he explores the features of
and tasks for each month to shed light on producing healthy crops,
flowers and lawns throughout the year.
There's advice on temperature,
climate, feeding and watering, as well as treatment of pests and
diseases. How to sow, propagate, plant and prune are among the range
of garden skills discussed.
In keeping with the
author's approach to his own gardening, this has a no-nonsense,
organic emphasis and is not dissimilar to how-to gardening advice
carried by Weekend Gardener. Here, though, you get a year
in one hit.
Illustrated with more
than 200 pictures, this easy-to-read publication has a companion
hard-backed journal (In the Garden, $NZ19.99) in which gardeners
can jot their seasonal notes and observations. Month by Month
specifically targets the Kiwi gardener and deserves to be well received.
Gardener, Issue 179, 2005, Page 31
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH