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Gardening for the Rest of Us: Books for Beginners

  • Details about Learn to garden

    Learn to garden

    [contributors, Guy Barter ... [et al.]].

    This primer provides everything the new gardener needs to know to create a garden, whether beginning with an existing plot or starting a new one. With its practical and non-intimidating approach, the reference takes the bafflement out of gardening.…more

  • Details about Tending your garden : a year-round guide to garden maintenance

    Tending your garden : a year-round guide to garden maintenance

    Gordon and Mary Hayward ; photographs by Richard W. Brown.

    Gardening is the primary recreational activity of Americans. Since the 1980s, when gardening caught fire as a national passion, we have spent billions of dollars on what we grow for our own pleasure; and in all that time, not one book has been published on the broad subject of garden maintenance. For twenty-five years, the Haywards, expert horticultural consultants and authors of many books and articles, have been tending their own garden in Vermont. Here, beautiful photographs illustrate how an……more

  • Details about All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space!

    All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space!

    Mel Bartholomew.

    Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening ? Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground. But, the best feature is that anyone , anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results. But, let's get back to th……more

  • Details about The vegetable gardener's container bible

    The vegetable gardener's container bible

    by Edward C. Smith.

    By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in very small spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony - it's easy! Ed Smith shows you how to choose the right plants, select containers and tools, care for plants throughout the growing season, control pests without chemicals, and much more. He even includes plans for small-space container gardens that are perfect for urban and suburba……more

  • Details about How to grow practically everything

    How to grow practically everything

    Zia Allaway, Lia Leendertz.

    Packed with hundreds of gardening projects, from planting herbs in pots to creating a vegetable garden to feed the family, How to Grow Practically Everything gives complete beginners the confidence and know-how to grow almost anything. Each project is a complete package, with step-by-step photographic details and sumptuous end shots to ensure great results. How to Grow Practically Everything employs a user-friendly "recipe" formula free from intimidating jargon, covers different areas and types ……more

  • Details about Garden anywhere : how to grow gorgeous container gardens, herb gardens, kitchen gardens, and more, without spending a fortune

    Garden anywhere : how to grow gorgeous container gardens, herb gardens, kitchen gardens, and more, without spending a fortune

    Alys Fowler.

    Have a small patch of soil? Or just a window box? Not a problem. Garden Anywhere shows how anyone can create an oasis in the smallest of spaces. We're not talking just a simple pot of marigolds, here. Garden Anywhere outlines everything an aspiring gardener needs to know to sow a bounteous, thriving garden. Alys Fowler, trained at the New York Botanical Garden, guides readers through the process from the ground up--from planning the garden to composting, pruning, harvesting, and propagating. Sty……more

  • Details about Perennial combinations : stunning combinations that make your garden look fantastic right from the start

    Perennial combinations : stunning combinations that make your garden look fantastic right from the start

    C. Colston Burrell.

    Perennial combinations are the building blocks of beautiful, successful gardens. Choosing perennials that look great and grow well together is a skill that can take years to develop, but with this book, you're guaranteed to make perfect plant choices right from the start. In Perennial Combinations , expert plantsman, C. Colston Burrell hand-selects 120 of the best perennial combinations for homeowners, then offers his expert advice on how to grow and use the combinations to create great gardens.……more

  • Details about Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs

    Herb gardening from the ground up : everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs

    Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan ; illustrations by Lauren Jarrett.

    Garden-fresh herbs impart flavor and fragrance that dried, packaged products simply can't. Now, anyone with access to a few square yards of soil (or even a sunny patio or windowsill) can enjoy the punch and pungency that only come from fresh herbs, hand-picked from the garden. Herb Gardening from the Ground Up demonstrates how to design, seed, and nurture 38 culinary herb gardens that are delightful to the eye as well the palate.   Designed to supply herbs for a wide range of flavors as well as……more

  • Details about Starter vegetable gardens : 24 no-fail plans for small organic gardens

    Starter vegetable gardens : 24 no-fail plans for small organic gardens

    Barbara Pleasant ; photography by John Gruen.

    Home vegetable gardening is all the rage. Millions of Americans have picked up spade and hoe and are digging into the soil for the first time. But starting a garden isn't always simple. Many hopeful growers find themselves confused by the dizzying array of things to know about soil quality, garden layout, seeds, temperatures, planting schedules, fertilizer, pests, watering, and harvesting. Still other first-time gardeners plant too much, only to find themselves overwhelmed and exhausted by July.……more

  • Details about Container gardening : 250 design ideas & step-by-step techniques

    Container gardening : 250 design ideas & step-by-step techniques

    from the editors and contributors of Fine Gardening ; [editors, Carol Kasper, Jen Matlack].

    For people who dont have space or time for traditional gardening and who need expert advice on choosing and using plants and containers to create their own container garden, large or small. At long last, a smart and sensible gardening guide from the most trusted name in gardening. Compiled from the pages of Fine Gardening magazine, Container Gardening will inspire readers with dramatic plant combinations as well as provide step-by-step techniques to plant and care for containers under all condit……more

  • Details about 50 high-impact, low-care garden plants

    50 high-impact, low-care garden plants

    Tracy DiSabato-Aust.

    Tracy DiSabato-Aust has taught thousands of readers how to design and maintain their gardens. Her first book -- The Well-Tended Perennial Garden -- is Timber's best-selling title and widely considered the bible of perennial maintenance. 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants is packed with useful tips, practical hints, and Tracy's own gardening experience. It is sure to find a place on the shelf and in the heart of every gardener. Tracy has identified 50 show-stopping plants that anyone can grow……more

  • Details about The garden primer

    The garden primer

    Barbara Damrosch ; illustrations by Linda Heppes Funk, Ray Maher, and Carol Bolt.

    The most comprehensive, entertaining, down-to-earth one-volume gardening reference ever, and highly praised: "Barbara Damrosch delivers the goods."- Chicago Tribune "Best of the crop."- House Beautiful "Barbara Damrosch's writing has the snap of a good snowpea and the spice of an old rose."- The Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer "Covers just about everything you could think of and then some." - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "An extraordinarily comprehensive guide." - The San Francisco Examiner……more