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Designing Your Gardens and Landscapes


First published in 1990 as Easy Garden Design, this work has stood the test of time to remain in print and in demand in a field where design books and fads come and go annually. Tens of thousands of gardeners own it and have given the green thumbs up to its step by step recipe for design. Janet developed the recipe, has used it in designing hundreds of gardens and landscapes, and has taught to thousands of others since. $20.00

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Caring for Perennials


A unique approach to tending a perennial bed, following Janet from early spring to the end of the season in one big garden. It covers all the things you might ever need to do in a garden, in the seasons and sequence you are likely to encounter them. You learn what she does, why, and exactly how plants look and behave afterward. $20.00

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Janet and Steven Give You... magazines


Three choice, fully illustrated collections of Janet and Steven's articles. Crafted piece by piece over ten years these are insightful, practical, enthusiastic help for those who are selecting, planting or caring for trees,  designing or renovating a landscape, and tending a garden. Janet and Steven stuck with their no-repeat policy in working on these magazines -- the information is not a repetition of anything on this website, but continues and expands on what's here. $25 for the set of 3.

  
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Janet and Steven Give You: Garden Care


Vital how-to for tending a garden, from Janet and Steven's favorite articles that are not on this website: Bed preparation; soil testing; making a weed-free bed; spring start-up; improving hard-packed soil; fertilizing; watering; cutting back and deadheading; repairing irrigation; drought-tolerant plants; sharpening tools; tweaking in summer; staking; and the art of fall garden clean up. Items in this collection made their debut in Michigan Gardener magazine. Together now as the authors envisioned at the beginning of their ten year project, ready join your library in this more durable and comprehensive form. $10.
 
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Janet & Steven Give You: Landscape Ideas

The authors' favorite articles on landscape design and renovation that are not on this website: Designing with foliage color; covering up after the bulb season; doubling up perennials for 3-season color; shady solutions; using usual plants in unusual ways; designing hypo-allergenic gardens; Murphy's Laws applied to gardens; renovation how-to; fragrant plants and designs; attracting wildlife; rockwork; invasive plants; discovering a site's hidden assets; using herbs in a landscape; and how to cheat to improve a garden quickly. These articles appeared first in Michigan Gardener magazine individually between 1999 and 2011. Now they're collected under one cover for your design library. $10.
  
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Janet & Steven Give You: Trees


A choice collection of Janet and Steven's advice for tree selection, planting and care. Each article made its debut in Michigan Gardener magazine and has been on hold since, awaiting completion of its fellows until this comprehensive compilation became possible. These articles are not on this website. Topics include: Selecting trees; fall color; what's happening to ash trees; replacing a big tree; descriptions, lists and photos of great trees; why starting small is a good idea when planting; planting how-to, why's and why not's; staking, watering and fertilizing; mulching; rescuing a tree from the lawn; preventing construction damage; pruning to keep trees and shrubs small; removing suckers; detecting girdling roots; and dealing with maple tar spot and lecanium scale. $10.

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Asking About Asters CD


A digital library of six years of Janet's work: weekly columns, newsletters and over 200 extra Q&A letters to individual gardeners. 1,681 questions answered about soil preparation, fertilizing, pruning, design, choosing plants, foiling bugs and much more. These articles are not available on this website. No repeated topics. Fully indexed; the entire collection can be searched from one index. $20.

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Potting Up Perennials CD


Practical, beautiful answers about perennials and all kinds of flowers, trees, shrubs, design, pruning and much more is in this collection of 2009 & 2011's What's Coming Up weekly ensembles. These articles are not available on this website. Includes 101 issues with over 1,700 pages, 1,600 articles and 2,400 images. Has a comprehensive index with how-to guide so you can search for any topic or detail in any of the 101 issues. Bonus on this CD: Steven Nikkila's Daydream Screen Saver, 74 of his most vivid works from gardens and nature . $15.
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