The Western Gardener’s Bible

August 27, 2008 heavenlygardens

Gardening in the western United States poses challenges that are quite different from those that gardeners face elsewhere.

Not only do we endure raging heat well up into the hundreds in summer, we (and our plants) suffer temperature extremes in both summer and winter that can range up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit from day to night. Prickly sage and tumbleweeds are rampant and seemingly spring up from nowhere even without water.

In addition to temperature extremes, the western states, including Alaska and Hawaii contain a range of climates from coastal to tropical to desert to rainy to snowy to high desert (at 4,500 feet above sea level and higher). And then to the opposite extreme up to 134 degrees Fahrenheit in Death Valley, which is 282 feet below sea level at its lowest point.

If you’ve moved around a lot amongst the Western states, as we have, the Western Garden Book (Sunset Western Garden Book) is, in my opinion, the gardener’s bible when it comes to answering to some of the most perplexing gardening questions.

This 768-page book contains some of the most detailed climate zone, plant selection, and plant growth information I’ve ever seen in one place, as well as a comprehensive garden terms glossary.

It contains great photos, as well as color drawings of plants, and a wealth of information, including charts that compare various varieties of everything from fruit trees to eucalyptus to even gardening tools!

If you plan to garden in the West for more than one season, the Sunset Western Garden Book is a must.

Do you have a favorite gardening book? I invite you to share it with us.

To Your Gardening Abundance!

Cara

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