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"How to Grow Practically Everything: Gardening Projects Anyone Can Do" (DK, $22.95; e-book Adobe format $19.99 at us.dk.com): They weren't kidding when they named this book, which covers everything from how to seed a lawn and grow a tree from a seed to growing mushrooms, maintaining orchards and much, much more. Step-by-step instructions for projects like installing and carving out beds and borders are provided, as are basics of adding decorative accents to the garden, growing in containers and planning for shade. Everything from plant selection, site preparation and care is covered in this beautifully photographed resource that should have a place in every do-it-yourselfer's library.(Credit: Handout)

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5 top gardening books this season

All ready to get out into the garden? It's prime time for planting, for sure, but you can still curl up with a good book. Here are five of the season's best offerings, and each will both inform and entertain. You might not even have to leave the house to start reading; most are available electronically. -- JESSICA DAMIANO, jessica.damiano@newsday.com