Country Living Gardener Gardening Basics: How to Design, Plant & Maintain Your Garden

Country Living Gardener Gardening Basics: How to Design, Plant & Maintain Your Garden

by Ken Beckett, Steven Bradley, Noel Kingsbury, Tim Newbury
     
 

“Truly a comprehensive introduction to gardening, with basic information on designing and creating family gardens, patio gardens, large gardens. Care and maintenance focuses on using basic tools. 1,200 splendid color photographs complement the text.”—Booklist.

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“Truly a comprehensive introduction to gardening, with basic information on designing and creating family gardens, patio gardens, large gardens. Care and maintenance focuses on using basic tools. 1,200 splendid color photographs complement the text.”—Booklist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806924298
Publisher:
Hearst
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to use this book6
First steps in gardening8
Creating and choosing a style10
Where garden plants come from16
Selecting plants18
Designing the Garden20
The need for design22
Introducing the third dimension24
Planning the garden26
Drawing up the plan28
Constructing the garden30
Family gardens32
Patio gardens34
Low-maintenance gardens36
Large gardens38
Creating surface designs40
Hard surfaces: Bricks42
Concrete44
Paving and steps46
Gravel and decks48
Soft ground cover: Plants50
Grassed surfaces50
Lawns and edgings52
Creating vertical structures54
Boundaries, exits, and entrances56
Fences58
Hedges60
Arches and pergolas62
Water features64
Containers66
Structural planting68
Designing borders70
Designing island beds72
Planting designs for small spaces76
Problem areas78
Plants for the Garden80
Principles of planting82
Plants for particular situations84
Trees for the framework86
Trees88
Using shrubs92
Large shrubs94
Medium shrubs96
Small shrubs98
Roses100
Using vines and wall shrubs102
Vines and wall shrubs104
Using perennials106
Perennial borders108
Water-loving perennials110
Plants for sunny corners and containers112
Large perennials114
Medium perennials116
Small perennials118
Bamboos, grasses, and ferns122
Using ground cover124
Ground cover126
Using bulbs128
Bulbs130
Using annuals and biennials134
Annuals and biennials136
Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs140
Introduction142
Growing vegetables144
Getting the most from your plot146
Planning through the year148
Pods and beans150
Leaves and flower heads154
Roots161
Fruiting vegetables168
Stems173
Growing fruit176
Pruning soft fruit178
Pruning tree fruit180
Fruit182
The herb garden194
Culinary herbs196
Medicinal herbs198
Care and Maintenance200
Introduction202
Basic equipment204
Lawn care, garden safety206
Knowing your soil208
Drainage210
Improving your soil212
Plant foods214
Watering216
Digging218
Weed control220
Supporting plants222
Lawns224
Increasing plants226
Growing from seed228
Increasing bulbs231
Growing from cuttings232
Division234
Layering235
Plant problems236
Pruning240
Pruning trees242
Pruning shrubs244
Pruning vines and wall shrubs248
Pruning hedges254
General maintenance258
Appendix
Edible garden calendar260
Ornamental garden calendar262
Edible crop pests and diseases264
Plants for particular purposes266
Index268
Glossary274
Acknowledgments276

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