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Gardening season is around the corner. While everyone enjoys a beautiful landscape, some among us just don't have the time or expertise to create something attractive. The gardening section at the Beecher Community Library has a few books for those who are looking for simple and low maintenance.

"Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?," by Andrew Keys, takes popular problem plants and offers alternatives that may be better for different climates or a lot less trouble. Keys focuses on plants that tolerate extreme seasons, look good year-round, attract the birds and the bees, and don't need a lot of water. The author uses humor to liven up the text, often comparing troublesome plants to stereotypes of problematic teenagers while still managing to be informative. The book is a colorful and easy to read text.

"Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants," by Derek Fell, covers a wide variety of plants deemed "hardy" (or able to survive winters). In addition, plants covered in this book were chosen for their beauty and are easy to care for and easy to obtain.

"Low-Maintenance Landscaping," by Erin Hynes: Like the other books mentioned here, this one gives lots of information on low-maintenance plants. Unlike the others, it provides general tips for reducing the amount of work needed for your lawn, whether you are starting from scratch or just want to make your current landscape easier to handle. Everything from grass care, trees and shrubs, flowers, to fruits and vegetables is covered.

"All New Square Foot Gardening," by Mel Bartholomew: The special square-foot gardening method discussed in this book involves creating built-up four-foot by four-foot gardens with his easy-to-make soil formula. Gardening in squares, rather than traditional rows, allows plants to be grown closer together and keeps weeds from growing. Scattered throughout the book are penny pinching tips.

The library is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

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