For the novice who’s never worked in the soil to the seasoned gardener looking for new tips and tricks, Rocky Mountain Fruit and Vegetable Gardening is the only guide you’ll need to grow your own fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs among the breathtaking landscapes of the west.
Author Diana Maranhao stays clear of a one-size-fits-all approach in favor of methods and schedules that work for the specific plants that grow well in the climate of your state or region, whether you live on the Front Range, along the Green River, or way up in the Big Horn Mountains.
This step-by-step guide covers rain, snow, heat, drought, and other growing conditions and geographical features particular to Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Montana. No easy task when you consider the cold winters, hot summers, and late springs that define particular areas of the Rocky Mountain west. If you’ve been looking for that perfect gardening book that explains all of the terminology, concepts, decisions, and unexpected variables that go into maintaining an edible garden, Rocky Mountain Fruit and Vegetable Gardening has you covered.
For new gardeners who may be daunted by the task at hand, Maranhoa addresses even the most basic questions with clarity, honesty, and enthusiasm. Her mission is to help you discover the ancient joys of tending your own garden and delighting in the literal fruits of your labor. Plunge your finger in the soil of your potted herbs to see if they’re thirsty. Pluck a leaf from your aromatic bay laurel and dream of harvests to come. Pick your first ever homegrown tomato from the vine. All you need to get started is a shovel, a bag of soil, a packet of seed, and water. For everything else, you’ll find your answers in Rocky Mountain Fruit and Vegetable Gardening.
About the Author
Diana (Dee) Maranhao has been an active member of the horticulture and landscape industry for more than thirty-five years. She holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and is a credentialed teacher in California, specializing in Ornamental Horticulture. Diana has spent much of her career in higher education, serving as a Horticulture Program Manager, Nursery Production Specialist, and educator specializing in Xeriscape-Low Water Use Landscaping, Nursery Production, and Plant Propagation.
Diana has also been a horticulture editor and project editor for numerous educational texts, magazines, garden guides, and horticulture books. She’s been a regularly featured garden columnist for more than ten years, authoring hundreds of gardening and horticulture articles for the public and the horticulture industry. Diana is also the author of Rocky Mountain Fruit and Vegetable Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2014) and received the 2014 Professional of the Year Award from Southwest Trees & Turf Magazine.
Amazon Customer Reviews
A good resource for gardening. The pruning section is very informative and detailed. The vegetable section is very comprehensive. You will surely be successful if following all the info in this book.
Fantastic guide for the Rocky Mountain gardener. Diana Maranhao appears to have that great blend of expertise gained through experience with the skill of an experienced writer. A must-buy for both the beginner and the advanced Rocky Mountain gardener.