“Coffee for Roses” Book Review
Summary: Like many (probably most) gardeners, I grew up hearing the popular garden myths and sayings. If Mom or Grandpa says it to you, it MUST be true, right? Guess what? Maybe not. This delightful book addresses many of these myths and sets us on the straight path.
Genre: Informational, Detailed
Gardening Experience Level: Beginner through intermediate level.
Author: C.L. Fornari
Publisher: St. Lynn’s Press
Date of Publishing: 2014
Format: Hard Cover
Content: What a fun, and helpful book! It’s in a darling presentation of information that we’ve been hearing all of our lives, and frankly, continues to be spread even more quickly via social media! The book itself is sized at approximately 7” x 7”, the perfect size to leave on a coffee table or in a guest room for casual perusing. I couldn’t resist picking it up based solely on the title. I’m guilty of pinning the “Coffee for Roses” on Pinterest recently, so thought I’d see what Ms. Fornari had to say about this sage advice.
The contents are organized neatly into categories such as Annuals & Perennials; Compost, Soils, Mulches & Fertilizers; and Random Folklore. The author address a series of myths and common garden advice sayings individually within each chapter.
Some of my favorite topics she addresses are: “Passalong Plants,” “Marigolds help keep bugs out of the vegetable garden,” “Use Epsom Salt on…,” and my favorite “Beat a non-blooming plant with a rolled up newspaper.” Have to admit, I’d never heard that last one!
And guess what, adding coffee grounds, eggshells, or banana peels aren’t necessarily the best ways to fertilize your roses. Sorry to disappoint you!
This book is a great, quick read, and would be a wonderful gift for one of your favorite ladies for Mother’s Day!
Photos: Almost every page has color photos.
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