decorated boards, 192 pp., $17.95
Gardening is a deeply worthwhile activity for older citizens, one that is very rewarding (although some may be offended by the use of the derogatory term wrinklies for the elderly). British author Brian Alexander presents some observations on how to get started on gardening projects for those “of a certain age.” He urges readers when getting ready to garden to first assess the amount of work involved and then to select the best site and the proper garden gear and tools before setting forth on a project. He reminds the reader to keep in mind that there are varying techniques and strength required for planting different forms of flora — alpines, bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The author provides tips on how to grow fruit, vegetables, and lawns. He reminds the reader that greenhouse and container gardening demand special methods of care. Pruning and maintenance techniques, plant irrigation, pest, disease, and other problems are covered in the concluding pages, along with a listing of favorite plants for the landscape.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden