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RE: What are you reading?

That's the reason you won't see me growing ornamental grasses near the
house.  Yeah, there is Kentucky blue grass and perennial rye in the yard,
but it gets mowed so that I don't have to worry about the pollens.
(Allergies are NO fun!)


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Wendy Swope
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 3:14 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] What are you reading?

Hey, folks!  

I just started reading "Allergy-Free Gardening; The Revolutionary Guide
to Healthy Landscaping" by Thomas Leo Ogren. While the title is
ridiculous (allergy-FREE??? now really!), the book makes good sense. A
number of common landscape plants (200+ pages) are indexed, and each
description includes not only the usual essential info like zone data,
but also where the plant falls on an allergy scale of 1 to 10, based on
the proportion of the general U.S. population allergic to it.

Since I live in the 'burbs and can't control what my neighbors plant, I
have no illusions about controlling the pollen in my outdoor
environment. But it is interesting to find out what the most common
allergen-producing culprits are, and then have a look around to see how
many of them are nearby. Might eventually save me from making a bad
choice in trees and shrubs nearest the house. I can also see where it
would be useful to know if a plant in my yard causes a lot of people to
suffer, because come garden clean-up season and during weeding, *I'm*
going to have my face and arms in it. This book tells me when I need to
think about wearing a particle mask as I work.

A fun browse for the stuffed-up and curious. . .


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