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If chosen correctly and properly maintained, a high-quality lawnmower should provide many years of trouble-free service. This extensively illustrated, step-by-step practical manual provides the reader with advice on how to choose the best mower for their needs, and how to carry out DIY maintenance to keep it in tip-top condition, saving on potentially expensive professional servicing and repair bills. This is an indispensable guide for anyone who owns a high-quality lawnmower.
Seed Catalogue's first publication in 1977 changed the shape of prairie writing when Robert Kroetsch claimed a personal mythology and language grounded in the prairies. A seminal work of prairie literature, it began a new era in Canadian writing and new excitement for the possibilities of poetry in the West."No other book of recent poetry, and few in fiction, sets out with more wit and precision the connections of place and poetry."--The Globe and Mail
Handy guide is packed with the best plant varieties you'll want for your garden: annula, perennials, trees and shrubs, vines, roses, bulbs, ornamental grasses and herbs.
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
Small enough to take to the garden center or nursery, this book contains all the gardening information you need to decide which plants to select and how to care for them in your regional garden
Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the US. Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse. Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her acclaimed book This Organic Life, her lectures, and the simple fact that she lives what she preaches. Now in her eighties, she pauses once more to pass along some wisdom - surprising, inspiring, and controversial. Gussow's memoir begins when she loses her husband of 40 years to cancer and, two weeks later finds herself skipping down the street - much to her alarm. Why wasn't she grieving in all the normal ways? With humour and wit, she explains how she stopped worrying about why she was smiling and went on worrying instead, and as she always has, about the fate of the world around her. Lacking a partner's assistance, Gussow continues the hard labour of growing her own year-round diet. She deals single-handedly with a rising tidal river that regularly drowns her garden, with muskrat interlopers, broken appliances, bodily decay, and river trash - all the while bucking popular notions of how "an elderly widowed woman" ought to behave. Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and - since there is no other choice - come to terms with the insistence of the natural world.
In seventeenth-century Britain, a new breed of 'curious' gardeners were pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and new plants were stealing into Europe from East and West. John Tradescant and his son were at the vanguard of this change - as gardeners, as collectors and above all as exemplars of an age that began in wonder and ended with the dawning of science. Jennifer Potter's book vividly evokes the drama of their lives and takes its readers to the edge of an expanding universe. Strange Blooms is a magnificent pleasure for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. This 'wonderful book' (Jane Stevenson, Daily Telegraph) describes the remarkable lives and times of the John Tradescants.
Everyone seems to have advice for budding gardeners-divide perennials only in spring, never water plants in direct sunlight-but how much of this advice is grounded in science, reality, or even common sense?
All gardeners know the disappointment of finding their flowers nibbled, or their prized produce riddled with rust. Armed with this essential guide, which helps you identify, target, and banish the likely culprits, you can stop the destruction.Get acquainted with all the common pests and diseases that afflict ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and houseplants, and learn the best ways to deal with them. The effective options include both biological controls-increasingly popular in the gardening world-as well as the better-known organic and chemical methods.At-a-glance checklists explain which ailments generally afflict various plant types, from roses and rock-garden plants to soft fruits and vegetables.
The Southern Gardener's Book of Lists, a sourcebook and workbook in one, has all the answers. With more than 200 lists of plants grouped by their horticultural characteristics and uses in the garden, this is the one-of-a-kind guide to spending less time and money on your garden. Veteran gardener and best-selling author Lois Trigg Chaplin recommends hundreds of plants for hundreds of uses, noting the specific Southern regions they grow in and sharing helpful hints and insights. Other special features include the tips, suggestions, and anecdotes of gardeners, nurserymen, designers, and horticulturists from across the South.
Soil is the basis not only for all gardening, but for all terrestrial life. No aspect of agriculture is more fundamental and important, yet we have been losing vast quantities of our finite soil resources to erosion, pollution, and development. Now back in print, this eminently sensible and wonderfully well-focused book provides essential information about one of the most significant challenges for those attempting to grow delicious organic vegetables: the creation and maintenance of healthy soil.
Loaded with helpful hints and easy-to-understand examples -- and now with 20 percent more content -- this book covers the type of mathematical problems that golf course superintendents face every day. You'll learn how to handle budgeting estimates and figure how much fertilizer or pesticide you should buy. You'll also find guidance on the ordering of topdressing, irrigation volume and coverage, area and volume calculations, and many other aspects of golf course operation that require a thorough understanding of basic mathematical principles. Whatever the management calculation may be, this book has the solution you need! Example problems and answers help you get the job done right.
We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life: supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and pepper drove the Age of Discovery, coffee beans fueled the Enlightenment and cottonseed sparked the Industrial Revolution. Seeds are fundamental objects of beauty, evolutionary wonders, and simple fascinations. Yet, despite their importance, seeds are often seen as commonplace, their extraordinary natural and human histories overlooked. Thanks to this stunning new book, they can be overlooked no more. This is a book of knowledge, adventure, and wonder, spun by an award-winning writer with both the charm of a fireside story-teller and the hard-won expertise of a field biologist. A fascinating scientific adventure, it is essential reading for anyone who loves to see a plant grow.
In Forgotten Fruits, Christopher Stocks tells the fascinating - often rather bizarre - stories behind Britain's rich heritage of fruit and vegetables. Take Newton Wonder apples, for instance, first discovered around 1870 allegedly growing in the thatch of a Derbyshire pub. Or the humble gooseberry which, among other things, helped Charles Darwin to arrive at his theory of evolution. Not to mention the ubiquitous tomato, introduced to Britain from South America in the sixteenth century but regarded as highly poisonous for hearly 200 years. This is a wonderful piece of social and natural history that will appeal to every gardener and food aficionado.
Taking the fear out of chainsaws by emphasizing safe handling practices, this resource aims to put raw power in the hands of everyday gardeners. 12 of the most common household chainsaw operations-such as cutting firewood, taking down small trees, trimming branches, grooming hedges and making lumber-are tackled with expert advice and sure-handed guidance. With an additional section devoted to chainsaw types, potential buyers can also assess which size and type of chainsaw best meets their needs. Also included is an appendix that has useful technical information and identifies the parts of a chainsaw and how each one functions. Step-by-step colour photographs are present throughout.
A handy guide for Missouri packed with best plant varities for your garde: annuals, perennials, trees & shrubs, vines, roses, ornamental grasses and herbs.
Everything cultivated begins with a seed, and with more than 50,000 copies sold, Rodale's The New Seed Starters Handbook has been the source for expert information on raising healthy seedlings since its release in 1988. This revised version of the staple seed book is an easy-to-use reference that gives readers the most up-to-date information on how to start seeds successfully and grow their favorite plants from year to year. The New Seed Starters Handbook presents step- by-step guides to starting plants from seed, which allows for earlier harvests, greater variety, and healthier seedlings. It a Iso presents an encyclopedia of more than 200 plants-including vegetables and fruits, garden flowers, wildflowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs-with details on how to start each from seed. This is the perfect guide for gardeners of every level -from novice to veteran.
Wenn Sie nicht nur Ihrem grunen Daumen vertrauen wollen Haben Sie ein Stuck Erde, das Sie in einen Garten verwandeln mochten, aber ausser der Freude an erdverschmierten Handen, sattem Grun und Farbenpracht noch recht wenig Ahnung von Gartenarbeit? Dann ist Gartnern fur Dummies das richtige Buch fur Sie! Hier erhalten Sie konkrete Hilfestellung bei der Planung Ihres Gartens und der Wahl der fur Sie und Ihr Stuck Land passenden Pflanzen. Lernen Sie, wie Sie aus Baumen, Buschen und Blumen ein harmonisches Ganzes schaffen und mit einjahrigen und mehrjahrigen Pflanzen Ihren Garten zum Bluhen bringen. Ausserdem enthalt das Buch viele nutzliche Tipps zum richtigen Gartengerat, zur Hege und Pflege der Pflanzen, zur Schadlingsbekampfung und zum Kompostieren.
Over 500 perennials suitable to the Illinois climate are featured in this must-have guide to the garden. You'll find tons of practical advice on planting, growing, recommended varieties, problems and pests. The text is complemented by over 500 full-color photographs. A Quick Reference Chart provides information at a glance on color, blooming, height, hardiness, as well as light and soil requirements.
This volume discusses gardens as designed landscapes of mediation between nature and culture, embodying different levels of human control over wilderness, defining specific rules for this confrontation and staging different forms of human dominance. The contributing authors focus on ways of rethinking the garden and its role in contemporary society, using it as a crossover platform between nature, science and technology. Drawing on their diverse fields of research, including History of Science and Technology, Environmental Studies, Gardens and Landscape Studies, Urban Studies, and Visual and Artistic Studies, the authors unveil various entanglements woven in the past between nature and culture, and probe the potential of alternative epistemologies to escape the predicament of fatalistic dystopias that often revolve around the Anthropocene debate. This book will be of great interest to those studying environmental and landscape history, the history of science and technology, historical geography and the environmental humanities.
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