Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bounty of Solid Gardening Tips

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bounty of Solid Gardening Tips

Article excerpt

When I first heard that Michelle Obama was writing a garden book, I was skeptical.

It's great for her "Let's Move!" program, developed by the first lady to fight child obesity, which is mentioned often in the book. It's also good for the National Park Foundation, which will receive book sale proceeds. But I thought there wouldn't be much in the book that I would find useful. After all, she was a first-time gardener and I was a seasoned green thumber.

I was mistaken.

Obama has put together an engaging and instructive coffee-table- style book that covers a number of gardening topics (sustainability, community gardens and beehives, to list a few), displays gorgeous photographs (maybe too many of the first family's dog, Bo) and offers tips for all levels of gardeners.

Based on lessons learned, she passes along advice to newbies on how to prevent soil erosion, control weed growth and keep garden beds hydrated.

For the more advanced gardener, the first lady has suggestions for curtailing infestations of cutworms and cucumber beetles, and for managing plant spacing. …

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