By Marta McDowell
"A history-rich and intensely readable account of the way our presidents and their households have left their imprint at the 18 acres surrounding the administrative mansion." —Traditional Home
The White condominium floor were an unwitting witness to history—a backdrop for infantrymen, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there, accounts and treaties were signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. the back and front backyard for the 1st family members, it's by means of extension the nation's first backyard. the entire Presidents' Gardens tells the untold historical past of the White condominium Grounds. beginning with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and finishing with Michelle Obama's specialise in edibles, this wealthy and compelling narrative unearths how the tale of the backyard can be the tale of the US. Readers find out about Lincoln's goats, Ike's placing eco-friendly, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree condo, and masses extra. in addition they examine the crops whose prefer has come and long past through the years and the gardeners who've been liable for all of it. totally illustrated with new and old photos and artwork, refreshingly nonpartisan, and freeing simply in time for election 12 months, it is a must-read for a person attracted to the crimson, white, and eco-friendly!
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It can also save you money. Instead of buying three small pots of your favorite annual, you can buy a pack of seeds for about one-third of the price and get more plants than you can ﬁnd room for. If properly stored in cool, dry conditions (the refrigerator works ﬁne), many seeds will last 2 years or even more, stretching your investment even farther. indd 30 Job: 02691 Title: Gardening Series_CG Northwest Coast Gardening (Book 6) (CPI) Page: 30 10/14/11 4:49 PM Seeds that germinate and grow quickly can be sown directly outdoors.
As with all small-space gardening, be sure to keep your balcony garden plants healthy and well-groomed. This will not only make them look better, but reduce your chances of insect or disease infestations, which can be devastating to a balcony garden and very difﬁcult to control. indd 51 Job: 02691 Title: Gardening Series_CG Northwest Coast Gardening (Book 6) (CPI) Page: 51 10/14/11 4:54 PM G A RDE N IN G UP F R O N T When thinking about a place for your garden, don’t overlook the front yard. There’s no law that says your front yard has to be planted in turfgrasses and look like every other front yard on the block.
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