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Central Coast Gardening Essentials

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Central Coast Gardening Essentials is the result of years of trial-and-error and keen observations by Joe Seals, a gardener, teacher, and horticulturist, who shares his own evolution from a hater of agapanthus to an acceptance of the fact that agapanthus is occasionally the perfect plant for some garden purposes.

The entire book is filled with examples of sound, commonsense recommendations. He addresses every conceivable aspect of gardening on California's Central Coast (here defined as from Lompoc to Cambria) in a simple but comprehensive language.

We came to two conclusions in reading Seals's book: First, the unassuming size and layout makes one wish for color pages or more pictures to explain the written recommendations. Perhaps the next edition will include line drawings or photographs.

The second thought was that we want to meet this author, simply because he has removed the "muck and magic" from the burdensome gimmickry, gadgetry, and downright twaddle (his words) that can be found in many books on gardening. In the chapter on garden terminology, for instance, Seals explains the difference between "hardy" (tolerant of cold) and "hearty" (sturdy)—a distinction that ha...

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