"Discover Heloise's helpful ideas and tips for cleaning up, entertaining with ease, making repairs, getting organized, taking care of yourself, coping with nuisances, and keeping house. For a wealth of up-to-the-minute hints, turn to this handbook whenever you've burnt the rice, stained your shirt, or splattered paint on your hands."
What's not to like here? Heloise and her mother before her, the original Heloise, have been doling out solutions to household problems for a half a century (I know, can you believe it?). This go-to manual is ideal to have on hand to help with all those domestic dilemmas that spring up. Need to know how to properly launder clothes? It's in there. Wondering about what will work as a substitute in recipes? Yup, that too. Everything from cooking, cleaning, decluttering (one of my favorite parts), and home maintenance can be found in the pages of this wonderfully written no-nonsense book. This would make a great gift for a newlywed couple or a student headed off to college or just graduating. In fact, I can't think of a person who wouldn't benefit from having this manual in their home library. Heloise rates right up there with Erma Bombeck as one of my personal (s)heroes. That's what happens when you let your light shine...
"If the idea of a beautiful garden fills you with happiness but your lack of gardening knowledge fills you with dread, Beginner's Guide to Gardening is the one book you need. Packed with easy-to-understand and easy-to-implement information, this comprehensive handbook guides you through the basics of gardening. Determine the style and features you want for your garden-as well as how much time you can devote to it-and then use the detailed information in these pages to create your outdoor dream space."
This 250+ page book has brilliant photographs and tons of information for the beginning gardener, or one who just needs a bit of a fresh perspective. There are chapters on everything from soil basics to selecting plants to pest control. Step-by-step instructions are given for basic tasks such as taking a root cutting or laying sod, and expanding to something as esoteric as forming an espalier.
Because I am working hard to make our gardens native, I more enjoy books which have a local point of view. The ideas in general gardening books such as this are out-of-sync with our climate and planting time table, so it takes a bit of rethinking to make some of the things work here in Florida. Unless a book is written specifically for Southern or Florida gardeners, one can be sure that some adjustments will have to be made. Still, this book does have some great general information to get a gardener started. So many ideas in one book, it would take hours to digest them all. Not a bad way to spend a stormy weekend!