Back to Basics: Traditional Garden Wisdom: Time-Tested Tips and Techniques for Creating a Natural, Sustainable Outdoor Space

Overview

"When your garden contains lots of earthworms, your soil is good." This maxim may not sound familiar, but before the days of landscapers and lawn-maintenance companies, this type of knowledge was common. Gardening skills were passed down from generation to generation, and yards were personal places that flourished under the care of time-tested wisdom. Today the pace of life is faster, and modern advances make gardening tasks easier, but we can all benefit from the techniques and common-sense advice of the past to have beautiful, fruitful gardens

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Overview

"When your garden contains lots of earthworms, your soil is good." This maxim may not sound familiar, but before the days of landscapers and lawn-maintenance companies, this type of knowledge was common. Gardening skills were passed down from generation to generation, and yards were personal places that flourished under the care of time-tested wisdom. Today the pace of life is faster, and modern advances make gardening tasks easier, but we can all benefit from the techniques and common-sense advice of the past to have beautiful, fruitful gardens now.
With Back to Basics: Traditional Garden Wisdom, anyone can:

  • Develop a dream, green garden without spending a fortune
  • Grow an organic and eco-friendly garden with minimum fuss and maximum taste
  • Discover how to collect and save seeds
  • Make your own compost and learn "no-dig" gardening
  • Make a cold frame and protect plants from frost
  • Repel moles with castor oil, prevent mice with the right plants, and make herbal insect repellents
  • Find out the best way to prune a hedge, tree, or climbing flower
  • Know which gardening tasks to do for each season
  • Raise a panel fence and use recycled materials for landscaping
  • Plant raised beds and container gardens, and build a natural grape arbor
  • Discover how companion planting can discourage harmful pests and encourage growth

Back to Basics: Traditional Garden Wisdom has full-color step-by-step illustrated instructions that will bring new knowledge to gardeners of all levels. Soon you'll be adding fireplace ashes to the garden to give it a potassium boost and using your elbow to see if the soil is warm enough for planting. With this insightful book, you'll discover why sage advice never goes out of style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606520420
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/17/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 792,983
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong gardener, Anne Halpin has written and edited gardening books for over twenty years. Her work has appeared in Horticulture, Country Gardens, and Country Home Magazines, and she has been interviewed, featured, and quoted in publications as diverse as Newsday, Woman's Day, Homeowner, and Organic Gardening. She continues to write while working as a professional gardener in private gardens in the Hamptons.
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