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Full disclosure: I have lived and gardened in the Pacific Northwest my entire life. I know of no other growing conditions. It’s pretty great. Authors Paul Bonine and Amy Campion tackled an ambitious topic in their new book—largely because there’s very little that can’t be grown in this oh-so-hospitable far northwest corner of the county. And yes, most of us know how lucky we are.

Paul is an expert weather enthusiast and a skilled nurseryman. Appropriately the book opens with Know Your Climate, a thorough description of eight climatic subregions of the Pacific Northwest, which is defined as from Southwest British Columbia to the southern border of Oregon. “One of the most basic aspects of gardening is an understanding of the impacting forces above ground: weather and climate. (Climate is the measure of weather over time.)” It might not be sexy, but a careful understanding of where you garden informs the future success of all your gardening efforts. Readers, you are in good hands.

The chapter on Good Garden Culture also delves into regional specificity including a discussion of glacial till, the foundation of most gardens in western Washington; loess and loam east of the Cascad...


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