In this fresh and enchanting book, Evelyn Hadden invites you to use your gardening power to convert your "hellstrip"--the space between the street and the sidewalk--into a rewarding garden that generates smiles and celebrates nature. And you don't need to stop there: if you have some unused ground outside the fence, down the steps, or beside the ...Read MoreIn this fresh and enchanting book, Evelyn Hadden invites you to use your gardening power to convert your "hellstrip"--the space between the street and the sidewalk--into a rewarding garden that generates smiles and celebrates nature. And you don't need to stop there: if you have some unused ground outside the fence, down the steps, or beside the driveway, you can turn it into a pocket garden bursting with beauty and character. You'll gain inspiration from twelve dazzling curbside gardens from coast to coast, discover what you need to know before jumping in, learn how to actually create your hellstrip garden, and become acquainted with 108 plants especially suited to curbside conditions. With just one small curbside garden, you can make your yard and neighborhood more fragrant, more lively, more peaceful, more interesting, more earth friendly, and more beautiful.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2014-03-03 Hadden (Beautiful No-Mow Yards) has written an excellent book for an often forgotten horticultural contingent: urban dwellers with only wee strips of dirt to work with, often between curbs and sidewalks. She offers step-by-step strategies for taking abandoned square footage of unhealthy earth and transforming it into a micro-swath of growth and bloom, and highlights unique stressors associated with this kind of gardening, including limited, often depleted soil and lack of irrigation. Such landscapes require forethought: what plants are drought tolerant? what type of root system can survive? The author also includes a helpful chapter about working with local governments, since many curbside spots are public property or easements. The greatest benefit of undertaking "hellstrip gardening," the author notes, is that "as more gardens grow, the ideas and extra plants they generate fuel new gardens and ignite new gardeners." This is a lively, optimistic guide to transforming dead space into a small splash of Eden, a win-win for everybody. 300 color photos. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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