Martha loves to garden and has an extensive library on the subject. The following are some of her favorite references:
"The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening" (Dorling Kindersley, 1993), Christopher Brickell, Elvin McDonald, Trevor J. Cole, editors
"The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants" (Dorling Kindersley, 1996), Christopher Brickell, Judith D. Zuk, editors in chief
"Perennials for American Gardens" (Random House, 1989), by Ruth Rogers Clausen, Nicolas H. Ekstrom
Gardening shoes need to be comfortable, durable, and easy to clean. They also need to be substantial enough to protect your feet should you accidentally step on the edge of a trowel or spade. Martha loves rubber gardening clogs. They're easy to slip on and off, and they're lined for comfort and to absorb moisture from your feet.
If you're doing heavy work, such as digging or plowing, you may want to wear boots for extra protection and stability. In very wet or muddy conditions, tall rubber boots, such as Wellingtons, are ideal.