I was immediately drawn to the title of this gardening book "Gardening Month by Month in Michigan" as it pertains specifically to the great state of Michigan where I live. This book will take me through each month with information on how to get my gardens ready, when is the best time to plant, what plants work best, which flowers will attract birds, etc.
This month by month gardening book gives me information on different gardens, from cottage style to one that is more formal. If I were a condo owner or lived in an apartment, I would appreciate the information on container gardening. From hanging baskets to planting vegetables, fruits and flowers, whether I have an urban garden or enjoy country living in Michigan, it's all covered in this compact 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 155-page soft cover book.
I've learned from this book that there are no absolute rules to gardening and that the garden I have this year will not be the same as last year's, or the one that I will have next year. That's why the annual calendar included in this gardening book helps to jot down memories and planting information from one year to the next. If a plant won't grow in one garden I can make a note of it and know not to plant it there the following year!
Each month takes me through what needs to be done for my garden, always starting with THINGS TO DO and then each month will take me through some of these specific steps:
..how and when to prune
..starting plants from seed
..creating a wildlife habitat
..protection in winter
..garden planning and design ideas
..first and last frost date maps
..and the best section for Michigan gardeners is a list of books, a thorough list of online resources, a list of places where I can get my soil tested, horticultural societies, and finally a list of gardens to visit. Frederick Meijer Gardens is one of these located a short drive from our home, and one we've had the pleasure of visiting many times.
I've used this gardening book/journal for Michigan since we started our flower planting this year and look forward to using it throughout the year and in the years to come.