Spring Has Sprung!

With these new books owned by the Mercer County Library System, there is no reason not to have the best and most beautiful garden on your block. Break out your gloves, trowel and transplanter, and experience the pleasure of creating an eye-catching, healthy landscape that will be the envy of all your neighbors!

Mid-Atlantic Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by George Weigel
Mid-Atlantic Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year by George Weigel
This is the perfect book for beginner to intermediate gardeners and home landscapers living in the Mid-Atlantic. Mid-Atlantic Month-by-Month Gardening gives you the when-to and how-to for growing, caring for, and maintaining your garden and all types of plants.

All of the information you need is given in a chronological, straightforward way. From January to December, each month has specific advice on what should be done in your garden. Step-by-step photographs give you the confidence to make your garden as unique as your Mid-Atlantic home.

Author George Weigel is a garden writer, designer, and speaker, a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, and—as his balding, plant-killing brother likes to put it—a "Certified Gardening Wacko." He is your guide to the garden, with specific when-to and how-to content to give Mid-Atlantic gardeners the tools to be successful.

The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn
The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard That Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn
For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees.

In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own native bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain. There are many personal benefits of having a bee garden as well! Bee gardens:
  • contain a gorgeous variety of flowers
  • bloom continuously throughout the seasons
  • are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable
  • develop healthy and fertile soil
  • attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects
  • increase the quantity of your fruit and vegetable harvest
  • improve the quality, flavor, and size of your produce
Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, The Bee-Friendly Garden debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. From “super blooming” flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming habitat for nature’s most productive pollinator.

Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening by Amy Ziffer
Shady Lady’s Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening by Amy Ziffer
Finally, a guide to shade gardening that offers a simple and proven method for bringing those sunlight-deprived areas of your garden to life! Ziffer condenses her considerable experience and her expertise in shade gardening for New England and environs into a unique and easily digestible approach to creating an ornamental landscape in the shade. Tired of using only a few pages of your gardening books? The Shady Lady identifies best practices, best plants, and best information, specifically designed for the zones of the greater Northeast--and leaves out all the rest. Ziffer gives the reader a crash course in the essentials, demystifying shade gardening and providing a large yet highly selective illustrated plant gallery that includes all the indispensable perennials, ferns, and bulbs. Rather than merely listing and describing shade plants, she categorizes them according to the functional roles they can play in the landscape and explains to readers exactly how to cultivate them with a high likelihood of success and a minimum of failure and frustration. She introduces the concept of "backbone plants" and shows why these plants should make up 75 to 80 percent of a shade garden. She also discusses plants that are resistant to deer (and other interlopers). In clear and concise language she tells readers what they need to do; just as important, she shares with them what not to do. The emphasis at all times is on enjoying success by simplifying the approach and avoiding common mistakes.

The Shady Lady's Guide to Northeast Shade Gardening will become the definitive guide for all sun-challenged regional gardeners.

Mid-Atlantic Gardener’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select, Plan, Plant, Maintain, Problem-Solve: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. by Katie Elzer-Peters
Mid-Atlantic Gardener’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select, Plan, Plant, Maintain, Problem-Solve: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. by Katie Elzer-Peters
Now all gardeners living in the Mid-Atlantic can unlock the secrets to successful gardening in their region, thanks to this informative, fully illustrated handbook!

Mid-Atlantic Gardener's Handbook has everything a gardener needs for successful planting and growing in the Mid-Atlantic region—all contained in one easy-to-reference book. Comprehensive to the core, this book is different from other gardening guidebooks because it's written exclusively for gardeners who live in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C. Subjects covered include plant selection and when-to gardening maintenance information. Planting and growing information for edibles is also included, along with plant selections for the most common plant categories.

This all-inclusive gardener's reference book offers plant information as well as the critical when-to-do-it information. Additionally, the book covers ornamental landscape and edible plants, as well as monthly when-to tips. It is the undisputed handbook for gardening in the Mid-Atlantic. Some chapters include:

Introduction to Gardening
Annuals
Perennials & Ornamental Grasses
Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes
Herbs & Vegetables
Groundcovers
Lawn Grasses
Shrubs
Trees
Vines

Water-Smart Gardening: Save Money, Save Water, and Grow The Garden You Want by Diana Maranaho
Water-Smart Gardening: Save Money, Save Water, and Grow The Garden You Want by Diana Maranaho
You can have a colorful, striking garden that's drought resistant too!

Water-Smart Gardening gives you all the tools needed to create a water-smart landscape and garden. Drought is spreading throughout the country. Even areas that previously had plentiful supplies are feeling the strain, and the price of water is climbing. If you have to water your garden during non-drought years, many of the water-saving techniques from this book could still pay for themselves in no time.

Choose water-smart plants that survive and even thrive in low-water situations. Tap into the power of evolution and use plants native to your area. Time your irrigation and install water-collection devices such as cisterns and rain barrels. Creating a water-efficient garden can even be as simple as designing your landscape to harvest as much rainfall as possible, using berms, terraces, and raised beds.

Gorgeous photos throughout Water-Smart Gardening will inspire you with beautiful garden ideas and help you see your way to a garden that sips water instead of gulping it. Helpful how-to information gets to the nuts and bolts of everything from installing a cistern to using seep irrigation.

Mid-Atlantic Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers by Andre Viette, Mark Viette and Jacqueline Heriteau
Mid-Atlantic Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers by Andre Viette, Mark Viette and Jacqueline Heriteau
Mid-Atlantic Getting Started Garden Guide is a plant selection guide, perfect for when you're choosing plants and starting a garden in a climate that can be as challenging as it is beautiful. Choose the right plants and care for them properly with help from two of the area's most highly respected and experienced plantsmen, Andre and Mark Viette, and horticulture writer Jacqui Heriteau.

The authors' top picks for plants that will thrive in (or in spite of) the regions's heat, humidity, winter cold, soil, coastal climate, and other unique growing conditions guarantee success for the area gardeners and home landscapers. Plants are divided into easy-to-browse chapters, including Annuals, Bulbs, Groundcovers, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, Shrubs, Trees, Lawns, and Vines. Each plant is highlighted in its respective chapter with a large full-color photograph and tips on how, when, and where to plant.

Mid-Atlantic Getting Started Garden Guide doesn't stop at plant selection. Methods for preparing soil, watering, fertilizer application, and pest management are also covered in detail. Along with the "nitty-gritty" of tending your garden, the authors share their inspiration for garden design, offer ways to incorporate your plants into the landscape, and name some favorite cultivars or species. Their sound, practical advice is clothed in beautiful descriptions of each plant that will inspire you to get your hands dirty!

Gardening with Less Water:  Low-Tech, Low-Cost Techniques for Using Up to 90% Less Water in Your Garden by David A. Bainbridge
Gardening with Less Water:  Low-Tech, Low-Cost Techniques for Using Up to 90% Less Water in Your Garden by David A. Bainbridge
Water shortages have become an everyday concern, but drought or a dry climate doesn’t mean your garden has to suffer. With inexpensive materials such as terra-cotta pots, recycled bottles and nylon rope, you can create simple, effective and efficient watering systems that will dramatically reduce your water use and benefit your garden, no matter where you live.

“’We are running short on water in many parts of the world,’ Bainbridge (A Guide for Desert and Dryland Restoration) states at the onset of his latest book, which outlines a clear and convincing approach to mitigating the problems of drought and the high costs of food and water. Aimed at gardeners, small-land holders, and homeowners, Bainbridge's solution is based off an ancient method of plant irrigation, as described in a book written 2,000 years ago by Fan Shengzhi, an employee of the emperor of China hired to increase farm output. Bainbridge explains Fan's method of buried clay pot irrigation in the first chapter and proceeds to outline the modern adaptation in detail in the following chapters. He also describes how to shelter trees and harvest rainwater, especially for gardeners in historically drought-riddled areas. He draws examples from all over the world, from Ghana to Arizona to Jordan; he presents statistics, tables, plans, and tips throughout. Bainbridge argues most passionately for water conservation in his last chapter, thoroughly convincing readers that this method is worth a try.”—Publishers Weekly

“Beyond soaker hoses, the title offers a varied range of scalable options for growers of all types committed to the exploration and use of optimal water-sparing techniques.”—Library Journal

-Lisa S.

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