BOOK REVIEW: Columnist will help your Treasure Valley garden grow

jhildreth@idahostatesman.comJanuary 5, 2014 


    by Margaret Lauterbach; Idaho ($20)

Publisher synopsis: As the Idaho Statesman’s weekly gardening columnist for 20 years, author Margaret Lauterbach has advised Treasure Valley gardeners on everything from sowing to composting to coping with the Valley’s soils, pests, diseases and unique climate. Lauterbach, who has gardened in Boise for more than 40 years, has been a master gardener and an advanced master gardener in Ada County, under the tutelage of Susan Bell, horticulture agent at the University of Idaho Extension.

Lauterbach was raised in Colorado, where the scarcity and value of water were ingrained along with an appreciation for farmers. Her first gardening experiences were working with her grandmothers, one in a town garden and the other on a farm near Fort Morgan, Colo. When she and her husband, Charles Lauterbach, moved to Boise, they bought a home on a large lot so she could have an abundant garden.

My take: There couldn’t be a better time for this book to launch. It is a gold mine of information for gardens in our specific area, providing answers to questions that have dogged you before such as: Why don’t the Sunset magazine zones work here? Or why do the plants that do so well in my friend’s North End garden wither and die in mine? Saving you time and money, she reveals the types of plants that work well in our climate, plus how to water and winter them.

There is something for every gardener, whether you’re new to gardening or a master gardener. Reading the book it is as if you have your very own mentor walking through your garden dispensing advice on every aspect of your growing.

My rating: 5 out of 5.

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