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Small Green RoofsVolume 1, Issue 7

Book display: green roofs and rooftop gardens

Next time you're in the library, stop to peruse the book display near the north windows. This month we spotlight green roofs, including a full range of topics: rooftop agriculture, green roof maintenance, design trends, construction, and plant selection. Our collection on this subject is flourishing, from children's picture books to design manuals for landscape professionals--take a look! As usual, books in this open display area are available for checkout right away.

How to Buy the Right Tools, Plants, and Garden SuppliesLocal author spotlight: shopping guide for garden purchases

Reviewed by Curator of Horticultural Literature, Brian Thompson.
Excerpted from the Fall 2013 Arboretum Bulletin.

Jim Fox is a consumer advocate. More specifically, a gardening consumer advocate. His goal is " educate you to be a savvy consumer so you can be confident that your gardening dollars are well spent." To achieve this goal, he has written a shopping guide: How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies.

Many general gardening books touch on plant buying or tool selection, but typically at the back of the book, or in a brief introduction that the reader hastily skims over to get the real excitement--an encyclopedia of plants in glorious color. Fox recognizes how critical this basic information is for all gardeners, experienced or not, and uses clarity, broad experience, and considerable wit to engage the reader, leaving the colorful photos and plant bios to the several other books that he recommends. Read Brian's full review on our website.

Contact the Plant Answer Line with your unique Northwest questions

Plant Answer LineWhat herbs and vegetables grow well in very little sun?

The following list of vegetables that can tolerate partial shade came from an article on The Old House Web, formerly available online. While harvests may be greater in the sun, these plants will produce an edible crop despite shade.

Arugula, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cress, Endive, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Radish, Rhubarb, Rutabagas, Salad Burnet, Sorrel, Spinach, Summer Squash, Turnips

Angelica, Borage, Caraway, Chervil, Coriander, Garlic, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Mint, Parsley, Tarragon, Thyme

Read more about edible shade gardening in our Gardening Answers Knowledgebase.

New to the Library June 2014

Centennial Woods restoration and management plan by Jonathan Peter Diemer
Elwha River revegetation 2013: a plant performance study by Crescent Calimpong

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