What a delightful and useful book this one has been. I love to garden, love to grow plants and enjoy flowering plants, vegetable gardening and above all flowers. I singlehandedly have been the direct cause for killing literally thousands of plants in my lifetime but hey, I keep trying. I probably own at least 50 different books on raising plants of all sorts and find useful information in all of them.
The book being reviewed here, `How to Grow Practically Everything,' is one of the most useful books on my shelf. It is easy to understand and covers a tremendous amount of information. As to how to grow the plants...this information is all pretty standard stuff that can be found in most good plant books. What separates this book from the pack though is that it is one of the most innovative books I have read on the subject of landscaping, containers, raised beds, and cost/time saving techniques.
This book give great step by step instructions form selecting the plants, preparing for planting, planting and care after they have sprouted. Care an maintenance of orchards are covered as well as great ways to grow mushrooms. Designing and maintaining a wildlife garden is covered better than in most of the other works I have read...Not only do the ideas given work, but they are quite attractive.
Creative containers, Gardening basics, beautiful beds, structural features of a plethora of gardens, fruit and vegetables, wildlife gardening, plants for your home and plant care are all skillfully, thoroughly and professionally addressed.
The only weakness I found in the book was the fact that they give only a passing nod to cactus and succulents; plants I specialize in as I find them the most difficult to kill off. That is okay as I have numerous books addressing those categories of plants.
This is most certainly a gardening book; a plant book, that you will want to add to your library. I have learned much from this work.