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Plants play a critical role in how we experience our environment. They create calming green spaces, provide oxygen for us to breathe, and nourish our senses. In The Nature of Plants, ecologist and nursery owner Craig Huegel demystifies the complex lives of plants and provides readers with an extensive tour into their workings. Beginning with the importance of light, water, and soil, Huegel describes the process of photosynthesis and how best to position plants to receive optimal sunlight. He explains why plants suffer from overwatering, what essential elements plants need to flourish, and what important soil organisms reside with them. Readers will understand the difference between friendly and hostile bacteria, fungi, and insects. Sections on plant structure and reproduction focus in detail on major plant organs?roots, stems, and leaves?and cover flowering, pollination, fruit development, and seed germination. Huegel even delves into the mysterious world of plant communication, exploring the messages conveyed to animals or other plants through chemical scents and hormones. With color illustrations, photographs, and real-life examples from his own gardening experiences, Huegel equips budding botanists, ecologists, and even the most novice gardeners with knowledge that will help them understand and foster plants of all types.
Knit slippers for someone, and you'll keep their toes warm. Give the slippers googly eyes, floppy ears, or a prehensile tail, and you will give them and everyone they meet something to giggle about. Do you know someone who could use beyond-cute slippers that resemble their favorite animal, cartoon character, or fantasy figure? "Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit" adds a little fun to indoor footwear. They transport us back to those carefree days of childhood when playing dress-up and make-believe occupied hours of our time. Babies to tweens, teens and even hipsters are all rockin' their crazy-zaney and unique slippers. The twenty knit slippers and socks in this book are designed in sizes to fit baby to adult and can be knit on straight needles or in-the-round Imagine pacing the floor in Yeti feet or gazing over your big yellow duck feet at the nightly news. Designed by author Mary Scott Huff, these slippers are every bit as adorable, and quirky as her fantastical hats
This beautiful and practical desk jotter is decorated with images of exotic flowers and birds from the world-famous RHS Lindley Library. With 60 tear-off sheets and plenty of space to write down notes and reminders, it will help you to remember all the things you need to do.
Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert
and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history,
lore and ethnobotany to find out how 50 of these plants got their
""hot"" reputation - and what modern science has to say about it.
Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that
""something extra,"" and why. Plants With Benefits is filled with
lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas,
potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use. Can a plant
create feelings of arousal, contentment or receptivity? It looks
like the answer is yes. This is the first book about selecting
garden plants for their sex appeal.
Alan Titchmarsh has had a passion for gardening for as long as he can remember. Aged 8, he announced to friends that he was going to be the next Percy Thrower, although he thought it was no more than a dream. With the magic touch of a best-selling writer, Alan tells his own story from Ilkley Moor to Pebble Mill and to the final realising of his dream of becoming TV's favourite gardener. Along the way, the cast of characters includes everyone from Auntie Ethel to Nelson Mandela and the Queen. With great charm, humour and passion, this is probably the best story Alan Titchmarsh has ever told.
The Little Book of Little Gardens is an artistic demonstration and playful collection of the internationally acclaimed 'Pot Hole Gardener'. The UK's Sun newspaper described the popular and creative East London figure as the "Banksy of guerilla gardening." This collection of his best work is brought to life using the backdrop of a world mega-city urban environment transformed into this inspirational and photographic book titled The Little Book of Little Gardens. The Pot Hole Gardeners' journey from pot hole to pot hole provides unexpected scene's that brightens the lives of passers-by. As you take the journey with him, your imagination will wander in these themed yet informal gardens that use wonderful props and colourful seasonal flowers. The use of empty miniature benches and chairs inspires and questions the reader to ask - who uses them and why? What are the hidden messages or issues portrayed behind these small yet brilliant pop-up gardens? This must-have gift edition will take readers on a photographic journey down some of London's most iconic locations turning dirty into beautiful, crappy into happy; and doom into bloom.
The farmers of India and Mexico historically grew extraordinary marijuana. Modern growers took the technology to new highs. "Growing Extraordinary Marijuana" presents traditional cultivation techniques which greatly enhance both the quantity and quality of the active resin and modern discoveries about the nature of cannabis and what is best for its development and potency: secrets of the ganja farmers of Indiacultivation methods of the Indans of Oaxacasoil mineral control and hydroponicsmutation and genetic alterationsexing for Sinsemilla productioncloning the "Sea of Green" methodrockwool and other growing mediaTriggering flowering for early harvest.
This simple book is packed with information on hydroponic gardening. The graphic color and layout and design help to guide a hydroponic gardener from basic plant science and environment to purchasing a garden and appropriate supplies. Plans for making your own hydroponic garden, nutrient deficiencies, plant problems, and growing a garden beginning to end are all included in this invaluable guide.
This book aims to share with readers the basic tools, techniques and principles of how to create and maintain a beautiful garden through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Straightforward, no-nonsense language and advice, along with simple photography showing the practicalities of gardening will advise budding gardeners on how to build their garden from a naked skeleton through to a beautifully garbed wonderland. The book will give people a greater understanding of the part that gardening and nature plays in their lives, in their health and in their general wellbeing. The book is separated into horticultural sections - architectural plants, evergreens, seasonal plants, contrast & textural plants, herbs, fruit & vegetables, and container gardening - so whether the reader is starting their garden from scratch, or merely looking for advice on annuals or the edible garden, they will find what they are looking for easily. Each section is covered from the point of view of choosing the right plant for the right space, the planting itself, and maintaining the plants through the seasons. Each section will also contain boxed-out sections, or sidebars that highlight interesting and useful information for the gardener, e.g. soil science, composting etc. Everything will be laid out in layman's terms and use easy to follow instruction. Each section will be prose - with any step by step detailing separated out into sidebars, boxes or offset paragraphs to give readers an easy to use reference. At the heart of this book lies a DIY ethic that applies not only to the garden, but also to living. We are intrinsically linked to plants and the natural world and the survival of plants and the natural world is intrinsically linked to us. As a gardener I feel it is very important that I leave the planet in a better condition than when I found it. I think it is important for all humans to think like this. With this in mind I feel that gardens should be working hand in hand and symbiotically with nature as opposed to fighting against it. A ten-year battle with cancer gave me an entirely new view on life and living and the vital link between me and the nature around me. It was nature that helped me to heal; from the tree I could see through my hospital room window that taught me to appreciate each passing season, to the herbs that naturally eased my discomfort.
In the 1940s, Adam the Gardener was a national treasure. Each week in the Sunday Express, he advised gardeners exactly what to plant and how - from carrots in the last week of May (but 'do this after sunset, when there is less chance of trouble from the carrot fly') to lily-of-the-valley in the final week of November. Accompanied by wonderful illustrations, Adam's charm and expertise won over thousands. Here, the weekly world of Adam the Gardener has been brought back to life for today's gardener, who will be just as readily captivated by his quiet reliability and encyclopaedic knowledge. As well as techniques - pruning and potting, forcing and grafting - and planting instructions for an impressive range of flowers, fruits and vegetables, also learn how to plan a new garden, what gadgets you will need (including an earwig trap) and all about colour harmony in the garden. This is a period gem that will delight and inform gardening enthusiasts of every stripe.
Jacqueline Morley explores the history of one of Britain's favourite past times - gardening. Telling the story of gardens from paradise gardens of the ancient world to classically-influenced Renaissance gardens, and from wartime Digging for Victory to contemporary decking, barbecues and architect's designs, this pocket-sized book takes a thorough look at the development of gardening. Featuring black and white illustrations, witty anecdotes and incredible trivia, readers will be entertained and educated, discovering everything from medieval gardening to the garden's significance today.
This is the story of a family wanting to live a simpler life, and create a community. Emma and Tom Lane did just that, and the farm and associated award-winning restaurant they've established in Byron Bay, Australia has become a diverse community of its own, made up of organic growers, chefs, bakers - all connected by the common values of simplicity, sustainability and farm-fresh food.
In The Farm Community they share their guide to living and eating more sustainably, whether in the city, the suburbs or the countryside. Alongside tales of the people who have helped to make The Farm what it is today, you will find recipes collected from across The Farm s community, celebrating a shared love of growing and cooking, as well as rewarding projects like making your own compost bucket, companion planting and drying flowers. Recipes range from the gourmet, like Seaweed-cured fish with Japanese turnip & aniseed myrtle pickle & caramelised kelp to the simple, like Charred eggplant and macadamia nut salad.
Chapters cover The Market Garden, Fruit & Nuts, Flowers & Herbs, Hunt & Gather, The Farmyard, and Bakery & Dairy, and each includes sustainable projects and beautiful recipes.
"I'm not dead yet," writes Clare Hastings to her daughter, Calypso, who will one day inherit Clare's beloved cottage garden in the Berkshire Downs. "In fact I woke up this morning feeling quite chipper. I glanced out of the window . . . and thought about you. And felt a frisson of panic. What if I were to be struck down before elevenses on the B4009? I realized that I needed to leave you a handbook about the garden. For you the countryside is a pathway from the car park to the door, to be completed on the run. But I'm not giving up." The daughter of writer and gardener Anne Scott-James, Clare too was a latecomer to gardening, daunted by Latin names and nervous around plants. Then she realized she wasn't and never would be a `proper plantsman' and that it didn't matter. Since then she has explored the joys of gardening and now after many years' experience of her own cottage garden, Clare shares her gardening life notes with Calypso
A complete guide to cultivating and harvesting the beautiful opium
A revised and updated edition of Andrew Lawson's classic work Andrew Lawson has an artist's eye, a scientist's training and long experience as both a gardener and a photographer of gardens. In this book he calls on all his skills and practical knowledge to illuminate the complex subject of using colour in the garden and to demonstrate the extraordinary power of colour to change the sense of space, to suggest coolness or warmth and to evoke different moods. The Gardener's Book of Colour shows how to put colours together in garden beds, borders and containers, explaining how to construct harmonizing and contrasting schemes and exuberant displays of mixed colour. All the major schemes are supported by keyline drawings giving full planting details. In addition, illustrated plant directories, arranged by colour and flowering season, provide cultivation details for over 850 plants, enabling you to assemble the right plants for your chosen scheme and to carry that scheme through the year. Authoritative and accessible, The Gardener's Book of Colour will stimulate your imagination and put exciting new ideas within your grasp. Whether you want an instant splash of brilliant seasonal colour or a sumptuous border with subtle year-round appeal, this book will show you how to achieve it.
First published in 1952 and reprinted in numerous subsequent editions, The Small Garden has been the gardening bible for an entire generation. Not only does it cover every conceivable topic, but it is written in a remarkably straightforward way. No other gardening book is so admirably geared towards the ordinary gardener: the enthusiastic amateur with an average-sized garden. The Small Garden contains everything the amateur gardener needs to know on subjects as diverse as propagation techniques and rock garden design, greenhouse management and hedge planting, fruit varieties and pruning roses. There is also general information on plant cultivation, a month-by-month breakdown of garden tasks and a jargon-busting glossary of gardening terms.
Pools made private by lush plantings, bedrooms open to the back yard, bar seating by the outdoor oven. California native and exterior architect Scott Shrader is known for creating covetable outdoor rooms for clients including Ellen DeGeneres and Patrick Dempsey. In his first book, he shares the grounds of twelve beautiful properties, all designed to be lived in and enjoyed as extensions of the homes they surround, rich with creature comforts. Shrader shows us how to connect the landscape outside with interior decor; resulting in an exterior environment that flows naturally, stylishly and serenely from this core. He also inspires us to think of the way these outdoor spaces will be used, and plan ahead for ways to keep our family and guests fed, warm, and entertained in them. Folded in between the featured gardens which range in style from Hollywood Regency to Modern Moroccan are meditative essays on topics including Sustainability, Lifestyle, and Pathways, as Shrader reflects on the ways that gardens change constantly in small ways, shifting mood with the light and the weather, transforming dramatically with the cycle of the seasons and the passage of years. These are modern, chic gardens and outdoor entertainment spaces specifically designed for cooking, entertaining, playing, and relaxing.
With this guide's plethora of facts, hints, and tips about lawns, flowers, soil, pots, and everything green-fingered, readers will learn how to tell the difference between soil that will kill azaleas and soil that will give life to old-fashioned roses. The right time to sow lawn seed and the wrong time to prune yew hedge is also included in this book that helps make short work of a long job and shows how the professionals go about their business.
First published as Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden by Cassell in 2002, this Pimpernel Classic edition includes a new afterword by David Ward, Garden and Nursery Director at Beth Chatto's Garden and a new introduction by Beth Chatto. `Most gardens have dark areas - a north-facing border, an area shaded by a hedge, fence or house wall, a bed in the shade cast by shrubs or trees with greedy roots - and for many gardeners these are a challenge, and often a trial. Fortunately there are plants adapted by Nature to a vast range of conditions and, by choosing suitable plants, we can transform almost any problem site into something beautiful.' In this book legendary plantswoman Beth Chatto shows how the problem of shade in a garden can be turned to advantage. She tells how she transformed a dark, derelict site into a woodland garden that is tranquil and serene yet full of life and interest in every season. She describes, too, a wealth of plants that will thrive in shady beds and borders and on walls.
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