Help with Plant Problems
If you need help diagnosing a plant problem or want to learn more about environmentally safe gardening practices, Washington State University's Hortsense Web site is an excellent place to start. Topics include problems with turfgrass, ornamentals, small fruits, tree fruits, vegetables, and weeds. The site offers nonchemical management information as well as a list of registered chemicals.
Making More Plants
The title of this book -- Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation, by Ken Druse (Clarkson N. Potter, 2000; $35) -- says it all, and the book delivers it all. Whether you want to learn about propagation by seed, cutting, layering, grafting, or division, the clear, detailed instructions and step-by-step photos will get you working in no time. Ken Druse, gardener and photographer extraordinaire, provides plenty of preparation tips including information on seed collecting and storing and a quick botany lesson before starting in on the detailed propagation instructions. And Druse doesn't leave you guessing about how to propagate the plants you want; an extensive appendix fills you in on the best methods for specific plants by listing them alphabetically. Making More Plants is an incredibly useful book, both as a quick reference and as a gardening textbook for learning more complex techniques.