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With over 40 projects to make your own creative containers, let Frances Tophill show you how to use often overlooked pots to their full potential and transform your garden - whether you've only got a modest balcony, small square of patio or just a windowsill. There is always room for a bit of greenery in your life. Whether it's growing herbs to add a fresh touch of flavour to your cooking or planting succulents to display on your windowsill, containers help you to bring nature to the most inhospitable and smallest of spaces. Frances covers a range of different planting schemes and types of container, from urns and troughs to chimney stacks and hanging baskets. She delivers expert advice on what to grow - from bonsais, bulbs and bamboos to tumbling and creeping plants and flowers - and shows you how to make a living wall, a pond in a metal trough or even your own bespoke containers. With Frances's creative ideas, you can transform any garden into a host of inspirational and unique pots and plants.
Laat Frances Tophill jou met meer as 40 projekte vir kreatiewe houers wys hoe om dikwels misgekykte potte ten beste te benut in jou tuin - of dit nou 'n beskeie balkonnetjie, 'n klein stoepie of net 'n vensterbank is.Daar is altyd plek vir 'n bietjie groenig-heid in 'n mens se lewe. Of jy nou iets vars by jou kombuistuin wil voeg of sukkulente op jou vensterbank wil uitstal, houers maak dit moontlik om die natuur in die kleinste en moeilikste plekkies in te bring. Frances dek 'n verskeidenheid plant-skemas en soorte houers - van kruike en troe tot gestapelde potte en hang-mandjies. Sy gee raad oor die beste plante vir houers, van bonsaibome en bolle tot rankplante en snyblomme. Leer hoe om 'n lewende muur te skep, 'n metaalpot vir 'n dammetjie te gebruik, 'n geut-pyp met aarbeie te beplant of selfs jou eie potte te maak. Met die kreatiewe idees in hierdie boek, kan jy enige tuin met net 'n paar houers in iets besonders omskep.
In recent years, container gardening has taken on a new dimension, as new and vastly varied containers have become available to suit every taste. In this will advise you on the best use of container plants to enhance your garden and patio, to achieve dramatic and colourful results in small spaces, or, in larger gardens, to create focal points which link different parts of the garden. She gives practical suggestions on how containers can be used to solve problems in the garden, and hundreds of ideas for striking and unusual plant combinations. Creative containers provides a wealth of exciting and original ideas for container gardening, focusing on the following - Planning - how containers fit into the overall design of the house, patio and garden. Choosing containers, including ideas for unusual containers and instructions for making or decorating your own containers. Plant discussions - detailed descriptions of suitable container plants, suggested combinations, growing conditions, etc. Plant care and maintenance - how to make sure that your container plants flourish.
Growing plants in containers is a quick and easy way to enhance gardens, courtyards, patios and terraces, balconies, windows and entrances. This detailed and authoritative book sets out the best container plant combinations and gives you all the step-by-step directions you need for planting, creating and maintaining beautiful container-based displays.
More than a collection of inspiring container gardening photographs, Container Gardening for All Seasons provides a shopping list of materials and a helpful planting diagram for each of the more than 100 container options. Designed like a recipe book, the book offers even the most novice gardeners a no-fail, easy-to-follow instruction format for each container. Gardeners can choose the recipes by season that fit the sun and shade conditions of their landscape. Author Barbara Wise includes all you need to know to plan, plant, grow and maintain a container garden. Fabulous colorful fall and winter container choices are also included.
Learn how to create the perfect container garden with this handy little guidebook from an experienced National Trust head gardener. It's packed with nifty tips and advice for gardening in containers, even if your outdoor space is as small as a few pots on a balcony or doorstep, to ensure stunning floral displays and abundant fruit and vegetable crops. The author discusses how to choose the best pot for the job, and how to position pots to harness the sun's rays or provide shade to suit particular plants. He goes on to cover how to work with colour and create height and width in your container garden, and the best ways to ensure successful drainage, feeding and watering. The book ends with a useful directory of the sorts of flowers and vegetables that thrive in pots, including some you might not have thought of. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this practical guide contains everything you need to create an exquisite display of pots in your garden.
A stunning guide for gardeners keen to transform small and awkward outdoor spaces into beautiful and practical escapes. From courtyards to rooftops, Kate Gould draws on her experience as an award-winning garden designer to provide tailored solutions and inspirational ideas. Covering topics such as how to design and measure the perfect garden, choose and use the best materials and maintain a lush garden all year round, Urban Garden Design includes detailed advice for gardeners undeterred by limited space. This carefully illustrated guide ensures gardeners of all abilities achieve the best results outdoors. Creating a personal and unique space is also at the heart of each project and Kate makes sure to discuss how to tie each design back to the interior of the home.
From the author of Growing Good Food, an illustrated guide to how to grow food in pots, containers, and community plots Victory gardening is back in the headlines as more people resolve to grow food for the good of the country, and for themselves too. The trend toward self-reliance is likely to continue as we enter what's projected to be a long recession. People are looking for help on how to grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their own backyards, community gardens, and in tight urban spaces, too. After publishing two books on victory gardening, Acadia Tucker has become a recognized expert on the subject. In Tiny Victory Gardens, she shares information on how to participate in the victory gardening movement, even if you don't have a yard. The book, which is grounded in Acadia's regenerative farming expertise, includes step-by-step guidance to finding the right containers, prepping your soil, starting your seedlings, growing plants indoors, and harvesting in a way that keeps indoor crops growing year-round. Acadia describes how it's possible to grow food in a way that's good for the planet even in pots. She explains how to compost in indoor spaces (worms included). She also profiles 15 to 20 starter plants that are easy to grow indoors. Finally, the book includes recipes for canning, preserving, and drying the food you grow. Acadia has published Growing Perennial Foods and Growing Good Food. Mini Victory Gardens is another addition to our Citizen Gardening series, which also includes Lawns Into Meadows, by Owen Wormser.
Whether you have a roof terrace, a tiny balcony or just a window sill, there's no excuse not to do some gardening. In Modern Container Gardening, Isabelle Palmer shows just how easy it is to get started in the garden - and how to make the most of every little space. Modern Container Gardening is the perfect book for novice gardeners who may have mastered the art of indoor plants and are ready to take it outside. The chapters include the basics, how to make a garden in a day, weekend projects, one-pot wonders, window boxes and finishing touches. It features 28 projects with a mix of small gardens, singular containers and window boxes, all of which are stylish and easy to manage. Isabelle also offers advice on how to upgrade store-bought containers with a lick of paint, transforming the look of your plants. With clear step-by-step instructions and advice on which plants suit your space, as well as how to care for them, this is an accessible book for anyone looking to start their own small garden.
Grow-your-own food fans will be delighted to hear that it's possible to have tasty, homegrown mushrooms to eat every month of the year. This easy-to-follow, practical book explains how to grow them in the garden, balcony, kitchen or cellar. Mushrooms are an organic, sustainable and delicious form of plant nutrition and fungi experts Magdalena Wurth and Herbert Wurth take you through every step of the cultivation process. Learn how to grow 19 different mushroom helped along by clear tables, drawings and photographs. Whether you start mushroom growing outdoors on tree stumps and straw bales or indoors using compost or a kit, these tried-and-tested methods make this the ultimate book on small-scale mushroom growing.
Truth be told, you can grow almost anything in a pot -- and you can place those pots anywhere ... on a deck, patio or rooftop. That's why so many people love container gardening. It's versatile enough for suburban homeowners with acres of land as well as apartment-dwellers with no patch of ground to call their own. In fact, growing edibles in containers is a perfect way for homeowners and gardeners with limited space to have fresh food in their kitchens. Like each issue of "Fine Gardening," this latest collection is brimming with 300 essential tips, savvy shortcuts, and tried-and-true techniques, celebrating the growing popularity of container gardening. "Tips for Container Gardening "promises to bring out the bountiful best in all containers, large or small.
The easy way to get a green thumb in container gardening
Want to spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with annuals, perennials, vegetables, and succulents? This updated edition of Container Gardening For Dummies gives you clear, concise step-by-step instructions for cultivating delightful gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old watering can. It also includes color photos to inspire your designs.
Getting the dirt on container gardening -- discover the advantages of growing plants in containers and learn how to maximize your garden conditions to help plants thrive
Picking a pot to plant in -- take a look around your living space and determine the best location and type of container for your garden
Enjoying a summer fling -- get the lowdown on the best single-season flowers, vegetables, and bulbs for container growing
Putting down roots -- find out which perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits, and berries give year-round impact
Designing and decorating -- take advantage of ideas and inspiration for creating eye-catching container gardening displays
Open the book and find:
Things you need to know before planting
A quick primer on climate
What to look for in a soil mix
How to work with perennials and annuals
Information you need to help you choose plants
Why and when containers need water and fertilizer
Guidance on replanting, repotting, and pruning
Tips for preventing insect pests and diseases
Ways to liven up your space with trees, shrubs, and vines
Choose, plant, and care for flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs
Grow vegetables and herbs just steps away from your kitchen
Cultivate charming gardens in any climate
Prevent insects and diseases from invading containers the eco-friendly way
The complete how-to guide for growing herbs indoors for health, vitality, and culinary zest Growing herbs indoors leads the list of the healthiest and most useful indoor activities we can do. Herbs can clean the air of toxins, provide oxygen and humidity, and help vanquish our psychoses. And they're tasty! Learn how to grow herbs for health, for taste, and for life with Your Indoor Herb Garden, a comprehensive guide to growing herbs indoors. Featuring all the tips and guidance you'll need to grow and harvest organic culinary and medicinal herbs right in your own home. Coverage includes: Techniques for successfully growing herbs indoors Equipment, soil types, and feeding Why indoor herb gardens are an important part of life, from cooking to healing Herbal medicine Herbal history and lore An annotated glossary of herbs, including their common uses, growing requirements, cautions, and more. This is the ideal practical guide for gardeners and cooks with an interest in healthy living and fresh flavors looking to create their own indoor herb garden anywhere.
Colourful and hardy succulents meet the simple principles of Japanese Bonsai and Ikebana in this unique guide to container gardening. Inexpensive projects presented along with the spare aesthetic of Japanese design will appeal to everyone from interior designers to small space enthusiasts to gardeners. Stylish Succulents approaches container gardens as an art form ranging from low-key to lush. Trendy and low-maintenance succulents come in a variety of colours, sizes, shapes, and textures as do containers making each project one-of-a-kind. Projects are carefully explained and include step-by-step photo instructions. Learn how to: Choose colours, shapes, and textures to fit your personal space Utilize wall spaces with simple planters and dramatic hanging gardens Make a succulent wreath Create thoughtful and inexpensive giftsEvery level of gardener can create these miniature works of gardening art using containers and plants of their choosing. The possibilities are truly endless!
Not everyone can be Martha Stewart, and luckily you don't need to be to create beautiful terrariums to display in your space or to give as a gift. With simple instructions and a relaxed and pleasant tone, Glass Gardens speaks to the beginner terrarium-maker as a best friend would over a cup of coffee or tea. You won't find any overly elaborate or complicated projects here! With just a few supplies and a small amount of time, you'll have a gorgeous centerpiece to display or give away. Learn how to create stunning, easy-to-maintain terrariums with cacti and succulents, as well as water terrariums (aquariums) with plants you can buy at your local pet store and air terrariums (aeriums), which are by far the easiest type of terrarium to create and keep alive. In Glass Gardens, you'll be given lists of supplies you'll need as well as information on where to find them in addition to tips and tricks about the best ways to keep your plants alive and thriving. Easy, step-by-step instructions and detailed photos will have you designing your own glass gardens before you know it.
Enter the mysterious realm of a true oddity-a carnivorous plant. The book that comes with this kit leads you on an absorbing journey from a contemplation of how the flytrap works without muscles or nerves to the care and feeding of the plant. Scientists as well as everyday gardeners are fascinated by this natural wonder, which-despite its primeval exoticism-is actually indigenous to the southern U.S. The kit contains Venus Flytrap seeds, mini planter, peat pellet, sand, sealable plastic bag for a terrarium effect, and the 32-page guidebook. The plant doesn't actually grow as fast or as large as the most famous Venus Flytrap-"Audrey" in "Little Shop of Horrors"-but that's good news for the pets in the family.
In this beautifully illustrated guide, best-selling author Sally Coulthard demonstrates how to transform your living and working spaces into places that put you in touch with nature. Eight inspiring chapters cover key elements for the 'biophilic home', including materials, views, colour and natural light. Each section explores the links between home, health and happiness, drawing on environmental research and neuroscience while making practical suggestions for bringing the natural world into your home. Bring nature indoors with flowers and plants, rediscover the innate pleasure of real fires and fresh air, and learn how to improve your mood and sleep patterns with dynamic light. Create a space filled with natural elements, patterns, nature's colours, fabrics and textures that lift your mood; find out why natural sounds and water are soothing; and learn how to make small changes that will inspire, invigorate and enrich your relationship with the natural world. 'As best-selling author and designer, Sally Coulthard, reveals in this guide, creating a 'biophilic home' can have a huge impact on your wellbeing; improving your mood and encouraging healthier sleep patterns...Be it plants, materials, colour or light, it's enlightening to see how small changes can make a big difference, while deepening your respect and correlation to the natural world.' FORBES Magazine 'How to embrace the natural world by transforming your interior spaces with specific materials, colours, views and sounds.' Gardens Illustrated 'Humans are mammals, programmed over millennia to respond to the natural world. We may be able to live and work in man-made environments most of the time. But according to a new movement of "biophilic" designers and enthusiasts, we are not thriving...writer Sally Coulthard likens it to the practice of keeping animals in captivity, in surroundings ill-suited to their needs. "We live in a world that is fundamentally mismatched to our evolutionary adaptation - we don't see, hear and feel the things that we are programmed to respond to," she writes.' Financial Times
Like the idea of growing your own fruit, veg and herbs but don't have the room or energy? "Crops in Pots" is a user-friendly guide to getting a taste of self-sufficiency, growing wherever you can grab the space - whether it be your patio, balcony or window sill. Apart from the many joys of growing your own food, the benefits of container gardening are manifold: accessibility, portability, soil choice, easier pest and disease control...Find out how to get started and choose your pots, how to grow and harvest - including the most appropriate crops for small spaces, how to deal with problems and lots of great tips on how to be successful on a shoestring.
How to create stunning window displays to enjoy throughout the year. Discover the pleasure of decorative and edible plants without a garden. All you need to know about the basic principles involved in planting containers and window boxes. Match your window box design to your decor with ideas for different styles, from country cottage to modern. It features advice on seasonal plantings and striking combinations for year-round interest. It offers easy-to-follow instructions for planting up different types of containers and useful tips on upkeep. Topics include getting started, maintenance, seasonal choices, knowing your style, satisfying the senses, seasonal tasks, best window box plants and the common names of plants. Imaginatively planted window boxes are a delight not only to the creator but also to visitors and passers-by, with uplifting spring boxes of bright tulips, narcissi and hyacinth, or welcoming cascades of fuchsias, begonias and lobelia. In this book you will find inspiration for decorative and edible designs that will give pleasure throughout the year. There are suggestions for using a variety of containers as well as different styles and combinations to achieve just the effect you want. In addition you will find expert advice on planting up containers and quick reference charts, making this an indispensible handbook for the creative gardener.
Grow food for freshness. Grow food organically. Grow food to connect with nature. Whatever the goal, you don't need a lot of space to enjoy the benefits of homegrown veggies, herbs, and fruits. In Grow Food at Home, gardening expert John Tullock shows readers just how easy it is to enjoy "farm"-fresh produce grown right on the windowsill, the porch, or in a tiny backyard. Covering artificial lighting, hydroponics, vertical gardening, straw-bale planters, and more, the book offers even the most confined apartment dwellers plenty of options to get growing. Tullock shares all the tips and tricks readers need to make small-space gardening a success, with information on starting seeds, transplanting, succession planting, "crop" rotation, and other procedures-all tailored to the small-space garden-plus recipes to make the most of the harvest. Readers will be energized to grow a mouth-watering selection of micro-crops, from lettuces and herbs to tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, and even small fruits-no matter how little room they have available.
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