The Allergy-Fighting Garden by Thomas Leo Ogren takes the science of gardening to the next level by explaining exactly how to eliminate the steadily increasing problem of allergies that often come with a successful green thumb.
Ogren attributes the cause of increased allergies specifically to the sex of plants losing their 50/50 natural male / female ratio. This is largely due to the United States Department of Agriculture making recommendations in the 1940s that led to a much larger male plant population.
After explaining the cause, Ogren gets to the solutions and has several chapters on what we can do to push back against allergies in our gardens. Plant selection, hedge barriers and air flow are just a few of the solutions offered.
Finally, (and this is the brunt of the book) Ogren provides a massive A-Z plant guide with allergy rankings. Meaning this is much much more than a “how to” book. It is a reference that will be returned to again and again throughout each gardening season. At 247 pages, it is worth the investment.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.