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Written by the internationally renowned beekeeper - Ted Hooper, this work features full-colour photography, alongside practical and informative hints and tips for beekeeping and gardening. It is a gift for all gardeners. It is fully revised full-colour guide to choosing the right plants for a beautiful garden which bees will love to visit. The Bee Friendly Garden also shows gardeners how to provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, as well as how to maintain the perfect ecological balance in the garden - without using harmful products. The authors also provide practical information on where to find and how to keep bees, where to place hives in large and small gardens, and cultivation notes on over 300 trees, shrubs, and plants. Sections on the safe use of pesticides and really bee friendly garden design round off this superb new volume.
The author describes the glorious but laborious work of converting what had been a general dumping-ground to a rich and productive wildlife haven. As work progressed, May took many photographs and kept observations of the varied wildlife she observed during the many evenings which were spent working and watching in the reserve. How she and her husband achieved their dream of creating their own nature reserve as part of the country house hotel they ran, makes illuminating and fascinating reading. This grand labour of love over fifteen years was rewarded as the reserve was visited or colonised by many species such as badgers, bats, foxes, and goshawks to the more unusual elephant hawkmoths and the very rare rhododendron lacewing. Interesting facts gradually emerged - an exceptionally fine collection of rhododendron which came from the Kingdom Ward Collection had originally been brought back from Chile, Burma and China for the Royal Horticultural Society many years previously. The award-winning nature reserve, with its countless animal and plant species, often featured in many wildlife documentaries and was officially opened by Professor David Bellamy. 'Just Before Dawn" will be an inspiring read for all lovers of nature and wildlife, and will be of particular appeal to gardeners and anyone who wishes to encourage and observe wildlife in their garden.
This book will include more than 60 fruits, vegetables and herbs suitable for the diverse growing conditions of Texas gardens. "Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening" will address the climate, soil, sun, and water conditions that affect growing success. Each plant profile will highlight planting, growing, watering, and care information. Helpful charts and graphs will assist gardeners in knowing when to plant and harvest.
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