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Annuals For Minnesota And Wisconsin

(Lone Pine Publishing) by Don Engebretson and Don Williamson Plastic Embossed Softcover – 296 pages

All the Best and Most Beautiful Annuals for Northern Gardens

Why a new book on annuals? Because NO ONE has ever published an annuals book that identifies and recommends the best bedding and container plants for our relatively short, cool-to-hot-to-cool, northern growing season. This book contains updated information and amazing new cultivars, covering all your favorite, tried-and-true annuals PLUS many newer annuals just arriving on the nursery scene. Each plant given a thorough once-over by the Renegade Gardener! I selected what I consider the 84 best annuals for garden use, then researched and included the best-performing varieties for each—over 500 annuals in all! Needless to say, this book is for all gardeners outside of Minnesota and Wisconsin who garden in USDA Zones 2-5. Orders from Canada , the Rockies , upper Midwest and Northeastern U.S. gardeners will be joyously accepted! Here’s how to order, followed by more book content information and photos below: Click on the book cover below for secure ordering using your credit card or bank account through PayPal. Or buy the book the good old-fashioned way, by mailing your check or money order (made payable to Renegade Gardener) to: Renegade Gardener 844 – 3rd Ave. #104 Excelsior, MN 55331

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Cost: Bookstores: $18.95 + tax Order Here: $20.15 (includes postage and handling, U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY, no tax except MN residents see below) Minnesota residents add 6.5% ($1.31) sales tax (sorry, it’s the law – PayPal figures this automatically) Books will be shipped via US Mail in a sturdy mailer within one day of receiving your order; allow 5-8 days mail delivery. All books signed by the Renegade Gardener, thus adding immeasurable nugatory value!
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Canadian Comrades: $18.95 US = $23.98 CAN; air postage to Canada (5-10 days) adds $5.05 US/$6.39 CAN Canadian Total: $30.37 CAN

About the Book This book covers it all—Introduction to Gardening in the North, Designing With/Using Annuals, Preparing for Planting, Selecting Annuals, Starting Annuals from Seed (very comprehensive section), Caring for Annuals, and Problems and Pests (and how to handle all potential pestilence and pain!)

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Complete information on height, spread, light, soil, and water requirements is given for each plant. Suggested uses, and positive AS WELL AS NEGATIVE attributes of each plant is discussed—the book is written by the Renegade Gardener (with editor Don Williamson), after all! If a plant is particularly well-suited for containers and/or flowerboxes, it’s noted as well. We did not limit the book to bedding plants you will always find as pre-starts at the nurseries, though that is often the case. We included a number of fabulous, less common annuals that gardeners can easily grow from seed, so as to have flowers in your gardens and containers that will fill your neighbors with envy. Lone Pine is a Canadian publisher based in Alberta, and they put out beautiful gardening books. This book is a smart size, with rounded corners that won’t get beat up when you pop it in your bag or toss it on the front seat of the car; you’ll want to take it with you every time you visit the nursery. Combining Annuals for Minnesota and Wisconsin with my books Perennials for Minnesota and Wisconsin and Tree & Shrub Gardening in Minnesota and Wisconsin gives you a complete, affordable library covering all aspects of gardening in USDA Zones 2-5.

Don Engebretson
The Renegade Gardener