What’s New In Home And Gardening Books

Home And Gardening BooksSpring has sprung and it’s time to get moving on all of those new home and gardening projects around the house. Here are a few of the newest books on the market for everyday improvements and ideas.

Stuff Every Gardener Should Know (Stuff You Should Know) by Scott Meyer

The latest in the best-selling Stuff series from Penguin Random House, Stuff Every Gardener Should Know is the perfect pocket guide to your garden.

What’s the difference between heirlooms and hybrids? How can I stop weeds from invading my flowerbeds? And what’s the best way to attract helpful, beneficial insects? All these questions and more are answered in Stuff Every Gardener Should Know—a handy little reference book that’s perfect for gardeners of all ages and experience. From the secrets of indoor seed-starting to tips for hassle free roses, this delightful companion is blooming with fun facts and helpful ideas.

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk

From the cleaning and homekeeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just 10 minutes a day.

Becky Rapinchuk, the “Clean Mama,” understands that many people don’t have the time, organizational skills or homemaking habits to maintain a constantly clean and decluttered living space.

In Simply Clean, Rapinchuk will help you effortlessly keep a tidy house and build habits to become a neat person—no matter how messy you may naturally be. No matter how big your home or busy your schedule, the Simply Clean method can be customized to fit your life. It really is possible—in just 10 minutes a day, you can create a cleaner, happier home.

Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla

The team behind the inspirational design sites Gardenista.com and Remodelista.com presents an all-in-one manual for making your outdoor space as welcoming as your living room. Tour personality-filled gardens around the world and re-create the looks with no-fail planting palettes. Find hundreds of design tips and easy DIYs, editors’ picks of 100 classic (and stylish) objects, a landscaping primer with tips from pros, more than 200 resources and more.

Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables by Ben Raskin

Have you ever wondered how plants work? Or why we eat the fruit of one plant but the leaves of another? What’s the big deal about growing things—and how do we decide what we need to grow in the space we have? Discover the whole life cycle of food, from sowing and saving to planning and planting, and—most exciting of all—harvesting the food you’ve grown. In Grow, you’ll get all the inspiration and knowledge you need to get out there and start planting.

RHS Big Ideas, Small Spaces: Creative Ideas and 30 Projects for Balconies, Roof Gardens, Windowsills and Terraces by Kay Maguire and Tony Woods

A practical guide to creating a green oasis in the city. Big Ideas for Small Spaces is for anyone with a small outdoor space that they wish to “green up.” While the projects and advice are valuable to any gardener, they are especially useful to urbanites surrounded by concrete who nonetheless want to enjoy the soothing environment of a garden.

Thirty step-by-step projects show how to transform balconies, windowsills, rooftops and pocket-sized patios into features of lush greenery, grasses and blooms. They reveal how to create space for perennials, herbs, vegetables, bulbs for flowers and even shrubs or small trees, as well as seating, tables, lighting and decorative elements.

—Compiled by Christy Hinko

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Christy Hinko is the editor of Glen Cove Record Pilot.

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