The Month-by-Month Gardening Guide
Daily Advice for Growing Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, and Houseplants
by Franz Bohmig
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Pub Date 07 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2022
To be a successful gardener, you need to know two things: how to do something and when to do it. Both concepts are thoroughly tackled in The Month-By-Month Gardening Guide. This comprehensive approach to gardening guides home gardeners—whether you are growing vegetables, flowers, or houseplants—through a year of growing. Throughout, the emphasis is on organic, wildlife-friendly techniques. By following the guidance detailed in this hardworking primer, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful and bountiful garden that will provide pleasure throughout the year.
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This book has amazing tips and tricks for any gardener. New and experienced gardeners can learn. Obviously some of these tips are broad because gardening can range between zones but overall great information. Very easy to read and digest as well. I love that it’s broken down by month so it’s easier to follow along.
My first thought as I skimmed the book was that my dad would have loved it! He was an avid gardener and taught me my love of plants. We’d plant peas in February then later tomatoes, cucumber, peppers etc.
It’s a very comprehensive book that encompasses everything from how to compost, making and planting vegetable beds in WINTER. Also reminds you to ensure you feed the birds.
SPRING covers herbs, vegetables, ornamental plants: annuals and perennials—-how to plant and even how to lay pavers or bricks and fencing. It also talks about indoor plants. Not to forget pests/insects (those good and bad) and how to handle them.
In SUMMER, you learn about proper watering and plant nutrients, weeding,and harvesting. Certain vegetables are planted in summer like lettuce, turnips, and Brussels sprouts. You will need to stake your tomatoes and beans now.
If you plant a big garden, it’s almost a full-time job.
FALL is the time for more harvesting. You can now divide flowering perennials and prepare your plants for the coming cold weather. It’s time to plant bulbs. Pot some herbs for use in the winter.
The end of the book has handy TABLES that tell you about soils, fertilizers needed for which vegetables, and so much other information (Latin names) that was too much for me to take in.
This is MUCH MORE than a month-by-month gardening guide. This is a detailed reference guide (of over 400 pages) to the world of botanicals meant for instructors in gardening or advanced horticultural amateurs.
I received a copy of this book for my opinion.
An easy to follow month-by-month guide to gardening. As a beginner gardener, this is the perfect resource for a simple introduction to mapping out a small garden patch and developing a better idea of what to plant and when to plant it. ★★★★★
From the publisher: To be a successful gardener, you need to know two things: how to do something and when to do it. Both concepts are thoroughly tackled in The Month-By-Month Gardening Guide. This comprehensive approach to gardening guides home gardeners—whether you are growing vegetables, flowers, or houseplants—through a year of growing. Throughout, the emphasis is on organic, wildlife-friendly techniques. By following the guidance detailed in this hardworking primer, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful and bountiful garden that will provide pleasure throughout the year.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley for review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Originally written fifty years ago, this book has finally been translated into English for readers. This is the thirtieth edition. Enjoyable format with two basic divisions, this gardening book is seasonally sectioned for the beginner gardener with many tips and ideas, plans and basic knowledge for ornamental and vegetable gardens. This is a book that the reader will dip into often for reminders and insights. Charts and lists found out the information.
Highly recommend to both new and long time gardeners as a reference.
This book is PACKED with a ton of information and I definitely didn't get through all of it. I think if I was more serious about gardening, it would really come in handy!
I love this book! I’ve needed help with gardening tips or tricks and this book did just that! I’ve learned so much about plants and gardening that will hopefully make my thumb a little greener :). Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for this ARC!
Very handy gardening guide and it's a good time to start using it. The test of the book will be in actually using it.
I am not a gardener by any means but I wanted to give it a try this year. The Month-by-Month Gardening Guide covers a lot of basics from growing vegetables to plants and flowers. Every month and season is mentioned with a numbered list of tips and tricks for whatever you are planting. Some of them include little diagrams of what to do like if you wanted to make a homemade garden pond. If you are overwhelmed by a new topic I think this guide does a great job of breaking down information into bite sized pieces and the visuals help a lot. With every season and month you get a breakdown of what is best to plant according to what climate you are in. For example April is the best time to sow carrots for harvesting in the fall. Even if you turn out to not fall in love with gardening This books makes a really great coffee table book because you can learn so much from just a glance. It's a very helpful book.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Timber Press for sharing this ARC with me in exchange for my honest review.
First of all, absolutely gorgeous book that I would love to have as a coffee table book.
The Month-by-Month Gardening Guide is without a doubt, the ultimate beginner's guide to gardening. This work is perfect for me because I have always had an interest in gardening, but have felt too overwhelmed to start. This book solves that problem by going month by month and breaking down everything you need to know to get started including even square footage needed as well as the purpose for each type of garden.
One other aspect that really stood out to me as a total newbie to gardening was how easy the language is to understand. Also, there are multiple graphics/instructional pictures included so I felt like I could actually understand everything they were describing even if I wasn't already familiar with it.
This book was absolutely adorable and I will be purchasing a hard copy to share and have on my bookshelf (once again!!). Amazing information for beginner gardeners like me!! Beautiful illustrations too. A must read for all gardeners and folks who are interested in dabbling!
This book is SO visually pleasing - I'd totally get a physical copy to have as a coffee table book. Plus it's come just in time for me to start my summer garden planning! I appreciate that the book is broken up into months and each month has sections within it for general advice, vegetables, ornamental plants, etc. Some of the illustrations are more decorative and some of the illustrations are informative guides. The end includes reference tables for use such as recommended fertilizer quantities and recognizing various plant diseases.
This book is incredibly informative and great for a novice, or an experienced, gardener. Packed full of diagrams and month by month breakdowns of how to tend to your plants and gardens, this book answered any question I had as a beginning vegetable gardner. I suggest this book if you are looking to get started in the world of gardening, or are wanting to build on what you have already created!
This excellent gardening compendium with over 1,300 tips for gardening throughout the year, is an English translation of Franz Böhmig's original work in German. Böhmig was a plant nursery owner and instructor for professional gardeners. This work can help the budding gardener, or someone more advanced in gardening skills, to learn new information, refresh one's knowledge, and successfully create the garden one wants - whether one's garden is for herbs and vegetables, or ornamental flowers and shrubs.
The format of the book is easy to follow, with concise and clear instructions or facts to help the reading gardener. Illustrations also enhance what the author shares, making it easy and demonstrable in a simple way. The set up is also pleasing and easy to read. Even just reviewing the book, I learned some information that I needed for my own garden. The book also contains a reference set of tables with a comprehensive guide about soil, herbs, vegetables, flowers - and how to improve growing conditions individually tailored to the plant. The reference also contains common problems and garden pests, and how best to solve these issues. My only criticism is that this book is very much targeted to gardening and growing conditions of the Northern Hemisphere, and for climates like those in Europe and parts of North America. It lacks a guide for adaptations to different climates, or for the Southern Hemisphere. It could definitely still be used in those contexts, but with perhaps another book or source to help.
This is an excellent addition to any gardener's book collection.
Thank you to NetGalley and Timber Press for this free eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Gardening tips and tricks. Over a thousand different tip to help you garden better. Clearly a wealth of information! Read it by month to month or all at once. Some great ideas! Thanks to the publisher for an ARC to read. Four stars.
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I don’t have much of a green thumb, so this is a guide that would be really great to have on hand. It is very comprehensive and includes pretty much every detail that is needed to plant, prune, and prepare your garden year-round. The month-by-month layout makes for a perfectly accessible reference guide!
I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook. Very informative book! I can't wait to go back and read more about this book. Hight recommend!
This book is incredibly thorough, like, if we wanted to leave a record of all human knowledge of gardening tips before they were lost to end of time, this book might do the trick. It offers two organizational schema, which helps readers navigate the plethora of tips either by season or by type of plant. This helps cut through the overwhelm but doesn't fully solve the problem. Some readers might enjoy poring over the tips as listed. For me, a full-text searchable digital copy would be preferable.
Amazingly complete month by month - item by item how to book for avid gardeners!
This will be my go to present for all my gardening friends (or even those that WiSH they were gardeners!!
Thank you for this pre-look - can't wait to get my hands on the hard copy!
The Month-by-Month Gardening Guide is a phenomenal source for any gardener. There is a treasure trove of wealth in useful and actionable information that make this book an important part of any gardener's library. Many books out there have isolated or highly specialized content which has its own value. This book is like sitting down with your great-grandma who used to live off the land and who knows a lot about everything.
This is a pretty valuable gardening resource. It's divided into manageable segments, month-by-month and general, trees/bushes, vegetables, and ornamental plants, along with a lot of numerical information at the end detailing soil types, pH, and fertilization charts.
For the most part I would ignore any advice from this book on when to sow seeds/harvest vegetables since it cannot pertain to every climate/zone out there. For that you should get more local information, such as a farmer's almanac.
I did find a vast majority of the tips to be extremely helpful along with some tips I wouldn't have thought about before, such as building birdhouses, introducing ladybugs, or making a fishpond to kill potentially harmful insects. It also has great information on composting, building different garden structures, tool maintenance, and how to garden in greenhouses, rock gardens, and potted gardens.
The index is pretty detailed but it would be invaluable to have an electronic copy with a keyword search function. I think this is a gardening resource more for intermediate to experienced gardeners than it is for beginners.
Full of useful information and tips. An excellent guide for everyone from novice to experienced Gardner’s. Highly recommended
This gardening how-to has been an absolute blessing! Easy to read and understand and breaks planting down into easily manageable steps. Thanks to this book, my planning for my garden has gone seamlessly this year.
I loved how approachable this was - it can seem overwhelming to start gardening but this broke it down beautifully!
Lovely, informative guide! I would 100% purchase this gardening guide and will continue to reference in the future for all of my gardening questions.
This guide is interesting and has some good tips, but the Month-by-Month break down is more helpful when it is zone specific.
Great book which would of great interest to gardeners, written for the Northern hemisphere, it can easy be used worldwide, with just a flip of the months and seasons. After all gardening is universal.
The first part of the book talks about the seasons with jobs and tips along the way. The second part of the book is more specific with plant and planting such as vegetables, flowers, ornamental plants such as trees, cacti, water plants and shrubs.. There a lots of list with all the information one needs to choose plants for any space.
There are no photographs to confuse the eye and head - just good solid information and hand drawings where necessary with explanation
This is a refreshingly practical guide to gardening. It's marketed to new gardeners but, as someone tip-toeing into the realm of outdoor gardening, I found the month-by-month format a little overwhelming. On the other hand, in the 1300+ tips, I found several useful pieces of advice about what I was doing wrong! (For example, I learned that we have been waterlogging our poor cucumbers and should cut off that plastic thing that we've been using to stabilize our tomato plants.)
If you're not afraid of the format and/or are a more serious gardener looking to dig in (pun absolutely intended), pick this up.
If there ever was a book I never knew I needed- this is it. I won't even begin to understand the time that it took to compile this guide- it. is. EXTENSIVE! I have a lot of friends who share their plant trials and tribulations and I cannot wait to share this gem with them.
I won't go into much detail- it would take forever and a day (a massive nod to the author who did it in less!) but the way the first part is laden with tips that are organized based on what MONTH YOU'RE IN (WHAT?) was radishly rad! The second part is set up specifically plant by plant (and categorized) with EVERY. SINGLE. THING you would ever need to know and again, sorted by season/month!!
Holy crow is the second half full of a plethora of goodies if you're a numbers gal, such as I am! Charts, lists, tables- OH MY! I cannot say enough about the attention to detail and overall quality of this Gardening guide, I'm honestly not sure if there is a better book on the market for someone who is new to gardening, or even someone with a seasoned green thumb who could definitely learn a thing or two from this.
(Note: it's over 400 pages- so eat your wheaties and do some pull ups before you attempt to pick this baby up!)
*I was allowed access to this title through Netgalley and the publisher and all thoughts are my own, HOWEVER- I WILL BE PURCHASING THIS- that's how rad it is!
Where has this book been my whole gardening life? So much useful information, thoughtfully arranged. New gardeners will find the information informative and useful. Experienced gardeners will find things in these pages they didn't know and wished they did.
I loved this book as a beginning gardener. I either saw this book or a similar one being recommended on Tiktok so when I saw an eARC for this I knew I had to grab it. It gives great, simple instructions for you to follow. As a second year gardener I would recommend only starting out with a couple of varieties of plants. Don't get too ambitious having a book to guide you.
I received this book for free in exchange of an honest review.
A great gardening guide: informative, plenty of information and easy to follow.
It's highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
As the name implies, this book takes you month-by-month through pieces of advice to follow all year long as your prepare, plants, harvest and winterize your garden. The advice is thorough yet not overwhelming and provides enough detail for planters of a variety of skillsets to follow. I would recommend this for any of my gardener friends to keep on hand in their information library at home!
Thank you to Timber Press for the digital ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I adore this gardening guide, it may be my favorite to date. The number of tips may be overwhelming but they are broken down into concise points that are easy to read and understand. The month-by-month guide takes away the stress of knowing when to plant what and where. A beginners guide I will absolutely be gifting.
The index of plants in the back is impressively extensive and gives incredibly helpful information. A go-to reference for almost everything one would need to know about gardening and plant care.
The simple layout and artwork provide a beautiful aesthetic that was surprisingly calming.
Thank you NetGalley and Timber Press Inc for an eArc for review.
An encyclopedic reference guide for gardeners. The number of tips in each month an feel overwhelming if one tries to read them all. But used as a reference source for ideas and solutions to problems, it hits the mark. New gardeners will need to be aware that the tips for each month may not apply exactly to their growing zone.
The most comprehensive gardening reference book I have ever seen, with diagrams and over 1300 tips in the month-by-month section and over 30 tables about various plants, diseases, etc. in the back.
Anyone interested in gardening will enjoy this book. It's a great resource which is full of tips to help your garden thrive. The author includes tips on how to help your garden thrive throughout each month. The author also includes specifics on growing requirements for vegetables and ornamental plants. As an active gardener myself, I found the information very useful and will be a book I refer to throughout the year. It's a great resource that would be a great addition to any gardener's library. This coupled with your regional gardening book will definitely help your garden flourish.
Thank you NetGalley and the author for providing a free electronic copy of this book for my honest review. Am incredibly grateful.
Love the concept of the month by month plan - I'm obviously not green fingered enough and was hoping for something more for beginners but nevertheless enjoyed reading and would recommend to keen gardeners that would like a helping hand to really elevate it!
Beautiful illustrations and crammed full of tips, this book is well-organized and easy to follow, both month-to-month and through the thorough tables and index in the back. The wealth of information is laid out in an attractive, aesthetically pleasing way. I'm looking forward to seeing a printed copy and referring to it while working on my own garden.
I just found this book incredibly helpful. As someone who is still fairly new to gardening, I found this book to be a useful source to turn to as I asked myself, “why is this plant dying? What did I do wrong?” It is similar to having a community garden helper on hand without having to actually talk to a human! Overall, 10/10.
The Month-by-Month Gardening Guide has lots of helpful tips for both experienced and novice gardeners, with me being in the latter category. It covers a wide range of topics, including indoor and outdoor plants and flowers, and vegetable and herbs. The book is illustrated, rather than having photographs. I didn't find that a problem, since it's not meant as a how-to book. While the month-to-month to-do items were helpful, I found I got more use of the book by looking for specific items in the index and going directly to those tips and instructions. As such, I would not recommend purchasing this in an electronic format. I found that too cumbersome to navigate quickly.
Overall, I found the book helpful, and have purchased a hard copy to help me grow in my gardening skills.
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