Books by Lee Reich
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Turning conventional wisdom on its head, this book shows how to garden like Mother Nature, offering a system that's good for plants and good for people. Eschewing the yearly digging up and working over the soil, WEEDLESS GARDENING is an easy-to-follow, low-impact approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable garden, trees, and shrubs naturally. Say good-bye to backaches and weed problems. Illustrated. Roger Swain (Host of The Victory Garden) says: "The deepest wisdom gardening has to offer. Do as Lee Reich says. Pay attention to the top few inches of soil and nature will take care of the rest."
Softcover, 195 pages - $10.95
(2nd Edition, Taunton Press, 2010)
The lively text, abundant photographs, and clear drawings of this book make pruning any plant easy. This book walks you through the basics of pruning in a clear, step-by-step approach and then details how to prune everything from ornamental bushes to trees, vines, fruits, and houseplants. Guidelines for pruning hundreds of species, from tropical to cold-climate plants, are included. A section on specialized pruning techniques covers espalier, topiary, bonsai, and pollarding. For both beginning and advanced gardeners.
This second edition is completely revised and updated, incorporating my own experiences and the experiences of other gardeners, as well as recent research with pruning that has surfaced since the first edition was published in 1997. Beyond substantive changes, revised text and many new photographs should make this edition even more accessible than the first edition.
Softcover, 234 pages - $24.95
(Timber Press, 2004)
TEMPORARILY OUT OF PRINT.
A valuable guide to fruits and berries that add an adventurous flavor to any garden. Though names like jujube, juneberry, maypop, and shipova may seem exotic at first glance, these fruits offer delectable rewards to the gardener willing to go only slightly off the beaten path at local nurseries. Reliable even in the toughest garden situations, cold-hardy and pest-resistant, they are as enticing to the beginning as to the advanced gardener. This expanded sequel to the author's celebrated Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention offers new fruits, new varieties, and new photos and illustrations to entice the reader into an exciting world of garden pleasure.
Softcover, 308 pages - $19.95
A book to carry you through the gardening year, month by month. Topics run the gamut, from wild tulips to brussels sprouts to pressed flowers to siting houseplants. For both the armchair and dirt-under-the-fingernails gardener. Chock full of garden know-how: what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
While this book is about a garden in the northeast, gardeners throughout the country will find common ground merely by adding or subtracting a few days or weeks on either side of the outdoor growing season. Reportedly a good bedside read.
Softcover, 262 pages - $17.00
(Storey Publishing, 2009)
A book to rethink landscaping and fruit growing. Use certain temperate zone fruit trees, vines, shrubs, and groundcovers to beautify the landscape and, at the same time, provide tasty fruits for eating. The focus here is on so-called dessert fruits, delectable fruits that can be enjoyed right off the plants. Most people don't expect to need to—and don't have to—perform detailed annual pruning or pest control on their landscape plants. Fruit suggested in this book are those that can be held to these same low-maintenance standards. Learn how to optimize growing conditions and reap bountiful harvests while enjoying your scenery.
Softcover, 192 pages - $19.95
(New Society Publishers, 2018)
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Curious why caressing your cucumber plants will help them bear more fruit? Or why you should grow oranges from seed even if the fruit is inedible? Or why trees need to sleep and how to help them? Offering eye-opening insight and practical guidance, coverage includes: Helping plants thrive during drought; Outwitting weeds by understanding their nature; Making the best use of compost; Why the language of Latin can make you a better gardener. The Ever Curious Gardener is an irreverent romp through the natural science of plants and soil, ideal for newer gardeners moving beyond back-of-the-seed-pack planting to experienced gardeners whose curiosity at the wonders of cultivation grows deeper and stronger with each season.
Paperback, 240 pages - $18.99
(Taunton Press, 2012)
This book is for you if you want to enjoy the luscious rewards of home-grown fruits, whether your home is a sunny balcony, a quarter-acre suburban lot, or a 5-acre farmden. With home-grown fruits, you get to choose varieties that tickle your palate, not necessarily those that sell well and can withstand the rigors of shipping and please the palates of people in Pasadena, in Pensacola, and in Portland. For the localvore, what could be more local than ripe peaches or blueberries harvested a few steps from the back or front door?
This book shows how growing fruit can be both enjoyable and easy, especially if you begin by selecting appropriate types and varieties for your climate and site. The emphasis is on growing fruit naturally. Naturally grown fruits develop high flavor, are rich in nutrients and other healthful components, and naturally resist pests and diseases so don't require toxic sprays. The emphasis here is also on simplicity, making growing everything from apples to figs to oranges to strawberries—over 30 different kinds of fruits in all—feasible within today's constraints of time and space.
Softcover, 234 pages - $24.95
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