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By Marta McDowell

"A history-rich and extremely readable account of ways our presidents and their households have left their imprint at the 18 acres surrounding the administrative mansion." —Traditional Home
The White condo floor were an unwitting witness to history—a backdrop for squaddies, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there, money owed and treaties were signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. the back and front backyard for the 1st relatives, it's through extension the nation's first backyard. the entire Presidents' Gardens tells the untold historical past of the White condo Grounds. beginning with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and finishing with Michelle Obama's specialise in edibles, this wealthy and compelling narrative finds how the tale of the backyard is additionally 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 condominium, and lots more and plenty extra. additionally they examine the crops whose prefer has come and long past through the years and the gardeners who've been chargeable for all of it. totally illustrated with new and ancient images and artwork, refreshingly nonpartisan, and freeing simply in time for election yr, it is a must-read for somebody drawn to the pink, white, and eco-friendly!

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A mulch is simply a layer of material spread over the soil surface, and different situations and plantings require different types. Avoid applying them too thickly— about 1¼ in (3 cm) is ideal—or over the crowns of plants. Mulches are usually applied in early spring. Organic matter Garden compost or well-rotted manure is an ideal mulch because it aids plant growth, improves the soil, and helps retain moisture. It needs to be reapplied every year. Cocoa shells Lightweight and easy to apply, cocoa shells break down, enriching the soil.

Other shrubs worth considering for their delicious scent include the honeysuckle Lonicera x purpusii and Chimonanthus praecox. Winter beds and borders 29 30 Where to start High and low maintenance When planning a garden, be realistic about how much time you can afford to keep it looking its best. High maintenance Gardens for plant lovers These gardens tend to be stocked with a wide range of choice plants, which need their specific growing requirements matched in order to grow well. Careful placing of plants and constant manipulation of growing conditions by gardeners will keep these gardens looking their best, and regular attention will be required to keep plants from outgrowing their space.

Sunny and shady sites Some yards are sunnier than others as a result of their exposure and other factors, such as shade-casting buildings, but in all sites, the amount of direct sun and the sun’s position in the yard change as the day progresses. A south-facing yard will have sun all day, a north-facing one much less, or perhaps none in winter. Sunny gardens are usually more desirable, but shade does have its advantages. These gardens are cooler, have a more humid microclimate, and are less prone to drought.

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