No one knows more about the subtleties of making things grow in San Diego County than Pat Welsh. Born in England, she settled in Del Mar 46 years ago, and in 1992 she poured her years of local gardening experience into Pat Welsh's Southern California Gardening, a month-by-month guide to planting, pruning, propagating, watering, and otherwise tending to an impressive number of the fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants that grow here. Witty, opinionated, and crammed with everything from botanical principles to detailed, practical tips, this book serves as a Bible for legions of local gardeners. Dipping into it is almost as inspiring as hearing Welsh talk, something she does often at various local forums. Her passion for gardening makes you want to run home and get your fingers in the dirt.