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An estimated 10,000 baby boomers retire every day, and many of them are gardeners. As part of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, they need to adapt how they garden to ensure they can continue enjoying the hobby for years to come. In The Lifelong Gardener, popular garden speaker Toni Gattone shares adaptive gardening techniques that help readers garden smarter, not harder. Gattone offers tried-and-true methods that help eliminate the physical strain of gardening like buying new ergonomic tools, using raised beds, making small adjustments like using kneeling pads, and dozens of simple ways to make the garden comfortable. Throughout, Gattone maintains a positive and empowering tone that honors the garden and the gardener and focuses on the joy of aging. The perfect gift for older home gardeners, The Lifelong Gardener shows how a little advanced planning can make gardening a safe and fun daily activity.
Destructive bushfires are increasing in frequency and intensity around the world. For people living in fire prone areas there are no reliable guides about which plants have low flammability and which are frighteningly flammable. Safer Gardens is that guide, with over 500 plants assessed, based on fire research from around the world. Readers can look up a plant in the Plant Flammability Table to get an idea of its flammability then turn to the A-Z for more detailed information. The book contains advice about ways to create a more firesafe garden, including the need to carefully manage the use of mulch and hedges. This is citizen science, written by a gardener for other gardeners. Complex and potentially confusing science is made comprehensible and usable, to help you make your garden and hence your house safer. To find out more go to the www.firesafergardens.com website. It gives a good cross-section of the issues covered in the book, including sample pages from the Plant Flammability Table and the A-Z.
With the increased interest in and demands for compost from commercial horticultural industries, composting is on the verge of becoming an economically feasible option for waste management. While horticultural producers can create some of the compost to meet their own needs, demand has grown beyond what they can supply for themselves and others. Compost Utilization in Horticultural Cropping Systems gives you the tools to meet the needs of this growing industry.
A beautifully illustrated and photographed book that will serve both the novice and experienced gardener well. "The Beginner's Guide to Gardening" contains all the basics: garden design; how to select healthy plants; how prepare the soil; garden maintenace, and so much more. In addition there is everything you need to know about growing annuals and perennials; roses; flowering bulbs; herbs; ground covers; trees and shrubs; vegetable gardens; and creating specialty gardens--all in a concise book
First published in 1937, the Gardener's Diary was both designed and illustrated by the renowned British graphic designer Edward Bawden (1903-1989). This perpetual week-to-week diary comprises beautiful horticultural block prints and helpful weekly reminders from William Cobbett's English Gardener (1827). Plenty of space is given to note activities and observations such as weather patterns, sewing dates and when plants bloom and fruit. This is a beautiful book for all keen gardeners to help chart your garden's progress from season to season.
A testament to the influential nature of educational and community gardening programs for teens Part engaging conversation, part comprehensive fieldwork, Growing a Life demonstrates just how influential educational and community gardening programs can be for young teens. Follow author Illene Pevec as she travels from rural Colorado to inner city New York, agrarian New Mexico to Oakland, California, in order to study youth gardening and the benefits it contributes to at-risk teen lives. Extensive research, supplemented by beautifully candid interviews with students, illustrate the life altering physical and mental benefits that mentored gardening programs can provide. Giving readers the opportunity to examine the largely unexplored topic of urban gardening, the programs discussed present models for future educational and community based gardens. Each destination brings with it an abundance of programs geared toward educating teens by giving them the tools they will need in order to have fruitful futures. With an emphasis on positive psychology, Growing a Life delves into the minds of underprivileged teens and what gardening means to them.
This refreshing new gardening book is made especially for those who are looking to squeeze gardening into their already hectic schedules. Freeman brings a realistic view to gardening, allowing you to actually achieve and enjoy the time you spend. The Spare Time Gardener covers design, planning, enhancing and maintaining all for the gardener on the go.
How are birds linked to house prices? How can a gardener improve the flavour of their vegetables? Do wildflowers really thrive in poor soil? In this collection of articles from The Telegraph, biologist and gardening columnist Ken Thompson takes a scientific look at some of the greater - and lesser - questions faced by gardeners everywhere in a bid to sort the genuine wisdom from the hokum. What is the ideal temperature for a compost heap? What do bees do that improves strawberries? Why are gardeners in literature always such dummies? This is an expert's gardening miscellany, aimed at making you not necessarily a better gardener, but probably a far more thoughtful one.
"The Well-Tempered Garden is for gardeners who have not been
dragged into this pursuit but are here because they love it." So
writes Christopher Lloyd in the Introduction to this superb book.
Here the beginning gardener will learn the basic skills of
planting, pruning, weeding, staking, and deadheading. More advanced
gardening enthusiasts are guided through ways to propagate plants,
to select and care for different kinds of plants - perennials,
shrubs, climbers, bulbs - and are also offered ideas about the many
different kinds of gardens one might keep. He offers advice on
roses, vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants, wild gardening in
grass, and more. A strong-minded instructor, Lloyd knows that
errors are inevitable, and rather than scolding encourages learning
through experience. He opens our eyes to the beauty of the
unexpected surprises that happen in the garden, whether on the part
of the "fallible plant" or the "fallible gardener." All this from
the man Henry Mitchell called "possibly the best garden writer
alive." (6 X 9, 480 pages, illustrations)
Gardening is one of America's most popular hobbies, and attendance at public gardens and arboreta continues to rise. Gardens Across America is a comprehensive two-volume guide to nearly 2,000 gardens. Each entry in this state-by-state guide contains such basic information as hours of operation and directions as well asa listing of activities, educational programs, and any unique botanical features. Gardens are also indexed by type (Japanese, children's etc. and by designer; another index lists plant species and where they can be found. Twenty-four pages of color plates round out this portable directory of America's public gardens.
This title is packed with planting solutions, pruning advice and practical horticultural tips from the editors of Fine Gardening. It features 10 special sections that divide the chapters offering focused information on top gardening topics. It includes at-a-glance advice suitable for gardeners of all experience levels. Based on Fine Gardening content, this book is packed with planting solutions, pruning advice and all the practical gardening information the editors of Fine Gardening have to offer. Readers will love the at-a-glance know-how in this book: from how to start plants from seed to the best way to put a garden to bed for the winter, and every cultivating activity between. Ten special sections divide the chapters-practically a book within a book-offering key, focused information on top gardening topics. Armchair and All- Season gardeners alike will find hundreds of tips and tailored gardening information for keeping gardens healthy and yielding in just about any situation.
Adored for their charming shapes and colours, respected for their resilience and adaptability, and just plain fun to have around succulents are the hottest home gardening trend today. A Beginner's Guide to Succulent Gardening is a friendly guide to popular succulents, walking novices through all the basics, like: Choosing your succulents from Hens and Chicks (Echeveria) to bristly flowering cactus varieties Mixing the right soils for your succulents and preparing the growing environment Easy potting and transplanting techniques Succulent care including watering, fertilizing and providing the right amount of sun for each variety Understanding peak periods as well as seasonal traits and needs, so you can have a beautiful succulent garden year-round. This book contains all sorts of helpful tips on what to look for when buying a plant, how to troubleshoot when your succulent shows signs of distress, how to trim the leaves and stems, and how to start new plants from cuttings. Clear diagrams and at-a-glance fact sheets for each variety, as well as inspirational photos of attractively and happily-housed succulents, fill the pages of this book. Now is the time to give succulents a try! Let A Beginner's Guide to Succulent Gardening be your guide to get you started and grow your indoor garden one succulent at a time.
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.
This book offers everything you need to know when planning a garden, including advice on drawing your own garden plan; how to create garden features such as walls, ponds, patios and arches; and how to deal with every kind of garden site. It features over 2,000 photographs - both how-to step-by-step pictures and also beautiful inspirational images. It shows you how to choose the best plants for your garden environment, with a directory of over 1,000 plants that will thrive in a variety of conditions. It includes projects and ideas for the kitchen garden, flower garden, greenhouse and conservatory. Successful gardening requires a combination of thorough planning and skilled execution, and this book offers all the creative ideas and practical solutions you need to help you make the most of the space you have available. Each chapter lists alphabetically the plants that do well under specific conditions and clearly identifies them with a photograph. There is guidance on when to carry out essential tasks and when to plan and implement creative projects, and advice on indoor gardening and house plant care. Containing over 2,000 beautiful photographs, this book will provide all the gardening information you need to create your perfect outdoor and indoor space.
Georgian landscape gardens are among the most visited and enjoyed of the UK's historical treasures. The Georgian garden has also been hailed as the greatest British contribution to European Art, seen as a beautiful composition created from grass, trees and water - a landscape for contemplation. But scratch below the surface and history reveals these gardens were a lot less serene and, in places, a great deal more scandalous.Beautifully illustrated in colour and black & white, this book is about the daily life of the Georgian garden. It reveals its previously untold secrets from early morning rides through to evening amorous liaisons. It explains how by the eighteenth century there was a desire to escape the busy country house where privacy was at a premium, and how these gardens evolved aesthetically, with modestly-sized, far-flung temples and other eye-catchers, to cater for escape and solitude as well as food, drink, music and fireworks. Its publication coincides with the 2016 tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's greatest ever landscape gardener, and the book is uniquely positioned to put Brown's work into its social context.
An insider's guide to the world's greatest 'secret' gardens, green spaces, and pocket parks tucked away in cities around the globe
Cities everywhere are graced with charming but little-known, off-the-beaten-track gardens and green spaces, offering urbanites in the know a chance to immerse themselves in nature. These often small, well-kept secrets are not as grand as those on the tourist trail but are equally delightful and rewarding to visit, if you know where to find them. Green Escapes is the revelatory insider's guide to these secret gems. Each of them open to the public, the gardens range from pocket parks, courtyards, and rooftop terraces, to community gardens and more.
A complete beginner's guide to growing mushrooms. Step-by-step instructions, with drawings and photographs--16 in full color, introduce the novice to the full range of growing methods, from sterile culture procedures--the basis of all tissue culture cloning techniques--to indoor bottle gardens to indoor/outdoor compost gardens. Includes a section on producing small quantities of precisely-mixed compost indoors and a taxonomy of selected psilocybin-containing mushrooms.
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