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This Can't Miss(TM) title captures the ingenuity and simplicity necessary for gardening in small spaces. Written by one of America's most popular gardening experts, Melinda Myers, "Small Space Gardening" provides "Can't Miss" advice for success. It's the perfect book for gardeners with small lots, or those desiring an intimate garden within a larger landscape. "Small Space Gardening" is a national title, covering a range of small space gardening topics, such as:
Growing gardens and landscapes in limited space Layering and growing vertically Suggestions for dwarf plants Using containers as accents Maintenance of a densely planted landscape Lighting, water features, and irrigation for small spaces Emphasis on minimal work and maximum enjoyment
Two self-proclaimed "crotchety old horticulture professors," Ed O'Rourke and Leon Standifer share an immense love of gardening, a vast knowledge of all things horticultural, and a hearty sense of humor. In Gardening in the Humid South, they combine all of these traits to provide a practical and entertaining guide to gardening in the region they know best, the humid subtropics of the lower South.
In chapters with titles like "Bulbs and Things That Act Like Bulbs" and "Weeds: Telling Good Guys from Bad Guys," Ed and Leon offer friendly how-to advice on a broad array of issues, including choosing and preparing a cultivation site, raising fruit, growing in containers, using fertilizer, and preparing for cold weather.
Regardless of your gardening style, Ed and Leon can help. Are you a weekend warrior who enjoys leisurely Saturday mornings in the yard? Ed and Leon will show you ways to improve your garden while cutting back on your total effort. Is your yard large enough to keep you busy all day, every day? Ed and Leon know some short cuts that you probably haven't tried. Are you an apartment gardener with only a window sill and a few old pots to cultivate? Ed and Leon have some tips just for you. Even armchair gardeners will delight in living vicariously through the agricultural antics of these witty and wise old hands.
In Gardening in the Humid South, two old friends share their contagious enthusiasm for their avocation and show that despite the hard work, gardening is, above all, fun.
'Garden Wisdom' is an inspiring mix of practical advice, traditional garden lore, and eco-friendly ideas compiled to help you make the most of your garden. This book tells you everything you need to know about the preparation, cultivation, and maintenance of a garden, be it large or small, lawn or terrace, or even just a windowbox, and provides indispensable advice both for fair-weather gardeners and for those who garden at every opportunity, whatever the weather. The book is divided into four broad sections: earth, air, water and plant alchemy. Earth covers everything from newfangled ways of making compost to tips for ageing terracotta, and examines pest control techniques, both ancient and modern. The section on Air deals with topics as varied as plants that thrive in shade, how to create an old-fashioned hot bed greenhouse and how best to store garden produce. Water consists of ways of preserving what is fast becoming our most precious resource and how to use it effectively in the garden. Finally, plant alchemy begins with the art of companion planting - where one species appears to protect another against attack or disease.
Monty Don, the face of British gardening, has written a weekly Observer column on his garden for the past ten years. Over time the columns have been a practical guide, a poetic record of the garden's changing seasons, and also a personal account of how the garden has kept his feet firmly planted on the ground through bad times and good. This is a collection of fifty of Monty's best columns, that will delight his readers and gardeners everywhere. 'Growing vegetables, herbs and fruit should be done in the same spirit as choosing your music or clothes: with a mix of precision and adventure.' 'Gardens are complex and messy and, as in life, there are few easy fixes.' 'One swallow may not make a summer but it damn sure made my day.' 'Planting trees is deeply satisfying and good for the soul, especially on a winter's day. What else can a human do that leans so far into the future.'
Winner of the National Trust Outdoor Book of the Year 2011 The story of one man's unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book - the `Gardens of England and Wales Open for Charity' guide - in just one year. The son of two passionate gardeners, Antony Woodward was born with chlorophyll running through his veins. Unfortunately, growing up with Latin plant names took its toll, and he was ingrained early on with a profound loathing of both gardens and gardening. Buying Tair-ffynnon, a derelict smallholding 1,300 feet up in the Black Mountains of Wales, changed everything. Hooked by its beauty - when not buried in cloud - Woodward battles to meet the strict requirements of the famous `Yellow Book' in this unlikely terrain. He finds himself driven by apparently inexplicable compulsions: wood chopping, hauling a 20-tonne railway carriage up a mountain, even beekeeping. Soon, his voyage along the rocky path to his own patch of paradise takes on a more personal tenor as he unearths the deep roots linking gardening and his childhood in this warm, funny and unlikely memoir. Beautifully written and effortlessly engaging, 'The Garden in the Clouds' is a compelling read for anyone who has ever gardened - or ever dreamt of doing so.
This book is a must for every lover of plants and green spaces either living in or visiting London. It has a month-by-month section highlighting what's in season and where best to see it, followed by an A Z listing giving comprehensive details of each garden with information on public transport and disability access. From snowdrop glades to tropical conservatories, from roof gardens to houseboats, from cemeteries to parkland, Lorna Parker's labour of love presents both the city's famous floral gems - such as Kew, Chiswick Gardens and Regent's Park - and its quirkier havens of horticultural interest.
Learn how to prune and train fruit bushes, fruit trees, roses, and woody ornamentals with this best-selling plant-by-plant guide - now in its 4th edition. Written and updated by the experts at the Royal Horticultural Society, RHS Pruning & Training provides step-by-step guidance on how to prune and shape more than 800 different plants, including climbing plants, fruiting vines, conifers, and palm trees. Simple instructions accompanied by clear photography and illustrations demonstrate precisely where, how, and when to make those crucial cuts. Whether you need help pruning wisteria, have a small garden that needs controlling, fancy trying garden ideas such as topiary, need to reinvigorate a leggy rose bush, or want advice on pruning a fruit tree into an attractive - and productive - espalier or fan shape, this complete pruning bible will guide you every step of the way.
From needle size, yarn weight, and gauge to techniques and instructions, "Knitting Essentials" is an informative booklet and the go-to guide for knitting enthusiasts. Learn the different stitches, along with interesting twists and finishing techniques to make your knit projects a success.
"Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening "is a one-stop, easy to understand, beautifully designed book with step-by-step instructions and photographs for every important gardening and landscaping technique. New homeowners with no prior knowledge of landscape care will learn how to turn their yards from weedy, overgrown patches to gorgeous landscapes that are the envy of their neighbors. Young gardeners or new gardeners will learn - the right way - how to take care of everything from perennials to shrubs to their vegetable gardens, ensuring success the first time around. This is the one book that every gardener should have on their bookshelf.
The Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening includes how-to and when to information for successful vegetable gardening thoughout the gardening regions in Canada. Filled with the need to know information on planting, growing and harvesting more than 50 vegetables and herbs. Includes full-color images and helpful maps and charts.
Learn to garden with practical advice from Gardener's World presenter Monty Don Written with passion and packed with useful information, Monty Don's The Complete Gardener is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn how to garden. Grounded in his own experience, Monty's straightforward gardening advice is paired with extraordinarily beautiful photographs taken over the course of a year in his own Herefordshire garden, taking you on a tour of his flower garden, herb garden, kitchen garden, and more. Beautifully written, with plenty of sensible, down-to-earth advice, Monty Don's The Complete Gardener reveals the secrets of growing vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs while respecting the needs of the environment by gardening organically.
This beautiful collection of poetry and prose through the seasons rhapsodises on the spectacle of colour and everything green and flourishing in the garden. The perfect book for a moment's reflection, whether you are cooped up on a rainy day in your potting shed or admiring the fruits of your labour on a sunny evening from the pergola.
It all began when Simon Griffiths decided that he and his whippet couldn't live in his tiny but gorgeous one-up one-down shopfront in Melbourne any more. He had a yearning for open spaces, country air and, most importantly, a garden of his own. On finding his cottage in Meadowbank, just outside Sydney, and trialling different plants, he gradually became part of the secret gardening network - the one where cuttings are exchanged between friends, and planting successes and failures are recounted over neighbourhood fences. Simon is a brilliant photographer, bringing warmth and joy to all his subjects, but he is also a very knowledgeable plantsman. In this book he has captured his favourite twenty country-style gardens and shares the knowledge he has gleaned from fellow garden lovers.
The Gardener Says invites readers to a festive garden party where guests ranging from Gertrude Jekyll and Henry David Thoreau, to Michelle Obama and Michael Pollan share their insights and words of inspiration. Ranging from the humorous to the poignant, these quotes from gardeners, poets, philosophers, and landscape designers highlight both the joys and challenges of gardening-the exhaustion at the end of a long day's work, the satisfaction of seeing a flower blossom, the peace and happiness of time spent in quiet contemplation. A delightful hobby, a potent tool for ecological and social transformation, and a crucial reminder of our place in nature, gardening is, in the words of Mirabel Osler, the one occupation where "if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
After the best part of forty years spent either living under his parents' roof, in the tropical rainforests of three continents, a vast array of student digs or most recently a one-bedroom flat, The One Show's Mike Dilger has at last bought a house - and with it, a (potentially) glorious garden... `Potential' was definitely the word that sprang to mind the very first time Mike and his partner Christina viewed their new `house-and-garden-to-be' in a small rural village some eight miles south of Bristol. And so begins their year-long journey to create their very own wildlife sanctuary. From otters to badgers, chickens to hedgehogs, an orchard, a pond and compost bins, to the best birdlife imaginable, what began as a straightforward mission soon became the adventure of a lifetime. Illustrated throughout with beautiful black-and-white line drawings by Christina Holvey, Mike Dilger's partner-in-crime, this light-hearted nature tale with a twist will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and keen gardeners alike.
Live a more sustainable lifestyle Historically referred to as a government program for revitalizing undesirable living areas, "homesteading" today has come to mean the pursuit of a self-sufficient lifestyle. Homesteading can include everything from keeping bees, growing vegetables, and composting to installing solar panels, creating a rain barrel, and canning your own food, --plus much more. Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies has a little bit of everything for the homesteader in all of us. It walks you through the basics of creating your own sustainable homestead and offers expert tips and tricks for making it as easy and successful as possible. Raise chickens Keep bees Compost Can and preserve This book gives you everything you need to embark on your own homesteading adventure.
From secateurs to seed bombs, hybrids to ha-has, lawnmowers to land artists, the gardening world has long attracted innovators. This delightful book outlines the advances that changed horticulture and the landscape forever. The fascinating and amusing short entries are accompanied by charming specially created illustrations, making this the ideal gift for the gardener in your life.
`A garden is the best alternative therapy' - Germaine Greer. Seasoned gardeners, urbanites with window boxes and those who simply potter when the sun is shining will savour this miscellany of quotations and prose celebrating the great outdoors, interspersed with practical advice on everything from keeping your shed in order to bird spotting.
Originally published in 1838, Nouveau Jardinier de la Louisiane, by Jacques-Felix Lelievre, was the first of only two books on Louisiana gardening to be written in the nineteenth century. The book drew upon the confident spirit of eighteenth-century Enlightenment France, forming a bridge from the writings of French horticulturalists to an American audience. Optimistic, ambitious, and progressive, the guide urged gardeners to manage nature by acclimating new species and constantly improving native ones through the application of innovative scientific techniques. Now available in English for the first time as Jacques-Felix Lelievre's "New Louisiana Gardener", this charming period piece and pathbreaking work can be enjoyed once again by gardening enthusiasts and historians alike.
At the heart of the book -- which closely mirrors the mind-set of nineteenth-century French horticultural science -- is a fundamental belief that the well-informed Louisiana gardener can overcome the problems of heat, humidity, weeds, insects, occasional cold, and primitive species by employing scientific methods of providing shade, water, and drainage; by technical pruning, manuring, and plowing; and through grafting, budding, and layering of better species onto native stock -- with the timing all regulated by the study of astronomy and an understanding of the movement of sap. More European than Old South, Lelievre's techniques were perhaps better suited to France than Louisiana, but modern horticulturalists can still learn from the upbeat spirit of overcoming obstacles that pervades Lelievre's guide.
An introduction by Sally Kittredge Reeves gives historical context to the translation that follows, detailingthe author's reasons for coming to America and his struggles to make a new life, his employment at and eventual ownership of a bookstore in New Orleans, and his reasons for compiling the Nouveau Jardinier and publishing it in Francophile New Orleans. Reeves's discussion of the New Orleans publishing world offers telling details about book production and bookselling at the time.
Written over 150 years ago, Jacques-Felix Lelievre's "New Louisiana Gardener" offers today's gardener a refreshing connection with other gardening enthusiasts across time. Here, in this delightful historical gem, modern cultivators can escape their fertilizers and tillers and rediscover for a moment the joy of facing Mother Nature with little more than a well-educated pruning knife and a hoe.
This brain-teasing puzzle book is the perfect way to relax after a hard day's toil in the garden. With 200 intriguing puzzles, ranging from Spot the Difference to plant and flower anagrams, interspersed with beautiful historical engravings and fascinating facts and garden folklore, it's guaranteed to keep your mind as sharp as a thorn, and germinate lots of ideas in your mental greenhouse!
Determining which family a plant belongs to is a crucial horticultural skill. Organizing plants by family provides a framework for thinking about plant characteristics and for arranging thousands of plant names in a coherent and predictive pattern. This is especially important now, as advances in DNA analysis have recently altered much of the world of botanical taxonomy. In Temperate Garden Plant Families, Peter Goldblatt and John C. Manning teach readers how to identify the most horticulturally important temperate plant families. Introductory information includes an overview of family classification, plant nomenclature, and plant morphology. The comprehensive A-Z of plants includes profiles that include information on the number of species and genera, plant form, flowers, fruit, and a short description. Each profile is illustrated with color photographs and botanical illustrations. This comprehensive identification guide is for botany and horticultural professionals, nurserymen, advanced gardeners, and students of botany and horticulture.
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