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BY BRUCE ZIMMERMAN

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The Grocor Root Feeder makes it easy to deep root water and feed your trees, shrubs, and perennials.
This is what I use. Note: Do not rock this unit back and fourth just let the water and you pushing straight down do the job. Do not pull the hose by the unit. It over stresses the connections.
Finally an excellent Rock Garden Book by those who know first hand from across the continent. Covers soils, pathways and hardscaping, plant material, Tufa Gardens Scree Gardens, Crevice Gardens and so much more. From Timber Press © 2003 by the North American Rock Garden Society


Teaming With Microbes A Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web. By Jeff And Wayne Lewis. A book every gardener must read. The Extra Star is not a mistake. A Healthy plant starts with a healthy soil. No matter what you grow this will make you a better grower.

Publishers Group Canada 559 College St. Suite 402 Toronto, ON M6G 1A9
416-934-9900

The title says it all. This is the book for extreme gardeners who want to go where no one else in the neighbourhood has gone. But it is not just for Palms. Some of the plants covered are Bamboos, Bananas, Yucca, Hollies, Evergreen Magnolias and Crepe Myrtles. From Timber Press © 2003 by David A. Francko.
As I read this book I thought that Trevor had read my mind. Yes, even down to his personal opinions on some of the plants in  this book. It is still the book I recommend to beginning gardeners. It may not still be available but buy it when you find one. From Whitecap Books© 1991 by Trevor Cole
This encyclopedia describes the best woody plants, from Abeliophyllum to Zenobia, adapted to cooler climates, showing both habit and details-- flower, fruit, bark, or fall colour--of more than 500 species, and including some 700 additional cultivars and varieties.  With more than 1,600 colour photographs, it is a wonderful book.
This large book is loaded with first hand information. Most of the 500 photographs are by the author. I like the plant information the best. From Timber Press by W. George Schmid
This is a serious book for the home gardener and designer. It continually pushes the use of leaf texture and colour throughout the garden. It could only be improved by the use of more colour photographs of plant combinations. Their are only 110 of them. LOL. From Timber Press by Judy Glattstein
Canadian Garden Design By Marjorie Harris and photographed by Tim Saunders. This book focus' on the the texture shape and colour of foliage in all seasons to make your garden interesting in all seasons. This is a difficult book to write and photograph. It is the best book on the subject I have ever come across.

Random House, Toronto
M5E 1G4

A Heritage of Roses By Hazel le Rougetel and Foreword by Graham Stuart Thomas. A history that is interesting combined with great photographs of great looking roses. Published 1988.
Stemmer House Publishers Inc. 2627 Caves Road. Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
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