Wednesday, April 15, 2015

{{Book Review}} The Allergy Fighting Garden

The Groundbreaking Guide to Health-Conscious Gardening 

If you are one of the millions of people with allergies or asthma, this totally unique book shows you how to avoid plants that trigger allergies and to create a garden that will actually protect you by trapping pollen and cleaning the air around you. This revolutionary approach combines the best of horticulturist Thomas Ogren’s previous books—Allergy-Free Gardening and Safe Sex in the Garden—into a full-color guide, including hundreds of new and updated plant listings and photographs.

Ogren’s innovative system for combating allergens is based on the crucial matter of plant sex. By replacing troublesome male plants in your yard with pollen-blocking female “pollen screens,” allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included, accompanied by an easy-to-use allergy ranking scale of 1 to 10. With many new pollen-free plants to choose from, as well as clearly marked “worst offenders” to avoid, this is the ultimate resource for home gardeners and professionals alike who want to build healthy, safe, and beautiful gardens that everyone can enjoy.

*My Review*
I'm going to be 100% honest & say I didn't quite know what to expect when I started reading "The Allergy Fighting Garden" by Thomas Leo Ogren

I was surprised with the research and science Thomas put into this book! In his introduction, You will see where he says that he began this project because his wife has asthma and allergies so he tried to find books on landscaping his yard to help her and when he couldn't....He wrote his own.  Thomas also says in his introduction, when he re-landscaped his yard armed with this knowledge, his wife does indeed feel better!

There are technical terms and a bit about plant sex. If science really isn't your thing,you can also just thumb over this part.

One of the best parts of this book, would have to be "Part Two" which contains a rating of literally hundreds, if not thousands of plants on a scale that Ogren devised.

The scale is based on numerous factors about the pollen, the amount of time the plant is in bloom, whether the plant has a fragrance and whether there is sap that causes a rash. The scale goes from 1-10 and is called OPALS. It covers all types of plants from trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and fruits. 

I have allergies and have had them all my life. Some days the pollen gets so thick around me that I have to stay inside. I"m excited to try this the tips in this book and see if it indeed does help

I received this book free from in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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