Vincent A. Simeone’s book Grow More With Less doesn’t just offer gardening techniques with less environmental impact. His techniques also involve less water, less work and less money, he says.
Simeone, a horticulturist and gardening consultant, believes sustainable practices can be incorporated into any landscape, whether new or well-established. Doing so involves long-term commitment and adherence to a well-conceived plan, he says, but the result is a garden that requires little maintenance and less expense.
Simeone guides his readers in analyzing their sites and creating long-term plans. He helps them choose plants that are likely to thrive, provides advice for attracting wildlife and teaches the basics of integrated pest management and water conservation. He also provides advice on sustainable lawn care and maintenance tips for keeping the landscape healthy.
Grow More With Less is published by Cool Springs Press and is priced at $21.99 in softcover.
Q: We have a Willett table with a glossy finish. It has many areas of heat damage from hot food placed on it without using the table pads. We’ve tried products to try and hide the areas, but it really looks bad. What can we do about the table finish?
A: I once got this tip for removing whitish heat marks from furniture from Gary Hendrix of Hendrix Furniture Restoration in New Franklin, Ohio: Cover the heat marks with a plain, brown paper grocery bag with no printing, and iron over the paper with an iron set at medium heat. The heat may draw the moisture out of the finish and into the paper.
If that doesn’t work, he said a furniture refinisher may be able to apply a chemical to soften the finish and allow the moisture to evaporate before the finish hardens again.
If all else fails, you can have the table top refinished. You can do that job yourself if you’re skilled, but you’ll probably get better results from a professional.