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

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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.
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This book compiles an astonishing amount of information in an easily accessible and well-illustrated manner. Four top British gardener-writers collaborated on this encyclopedic guide to virtually every garden task and problem, from initial design to care and maintenance. They present numerous planting designs for particular situations, and there is an extensive list of plants, both edible and ornamental, with photographs, descriptions, and uses. The more than 1200 specially commissioned photographs are either breathtakingly beautiful and inspirational or informative, as, for instance, when instructions are given for making a lined pond. This is a good complement to Gardening for Beginners (LJ 3/15/99), which is not as comprehensive but which contains excellent information concerning the time required for the tasks and the difficulty of maintaining various garden types. Both books are recommended.Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806924298
  • Publisher: Hearst
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to use this book 6
First steps in gardening 8
Creating and choosing a style 10
Where garden plants come from 16
Selecting plants 18
Designing the Garden 20
The need for design 22
Introducing the third dimension 24
Planning the garden 26
Drawing up the plan 28
Constructing the garden 30
Family gardens 32
Patio gardens 34
Low-maintenance gardens 36
Large gardens 38
Creating surface designs 40
Hard surfaces: Bricks 42
Concrete 44
Paving and steps 46
Gravel and decks 48
Soft ground cover: Plants 50
Grassed surfaces 50
Lawns and edgings 52
Creating vertical structures 54
Boundaries, exits, and entrances 56
Fences 58
Hedges 60
Arches and pergolas 62
Water features 64
Containers 66
Structural planting 68
Designing borders 70
Designing island beds 72
Planting designs for small spaces 76
Problem areas 78
Plants for the Garden 80
Principles of planting 82
Plants for particular situations 84
Trees for the framework 86
Trees 88
Using shrubs 92
Large shrubs 94
Medium shrubs 96
Small shrubs 98
Roses 100
Using vines and wall shrubs 102
Vines and wall shrubs 104
Using perennials 106
Perennial borders 108
Water-loving perennials 110
Plants for sunny corners and containers 112
Large perennials 114
Medium perennials 116
Small perennials 118
Bamboos, grasses, and ferns 122
Using ground cover 124
Ground cover 126
Using bulbs 128
Bulbs 130
Using annuals and biennials 134
Annuals and biennials 136
Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbs 140
Introduction 142
Growing vegetables 144
Getting the most from your plot 146
Planning through the year 148
Pods and beans 150
Leaves and flower heads 154
Roots 161
Fruiting vegetables 168
Stems 173
Growing fruit 176
Pruning soft fruit 178
Pruning tree fruit 180
Fruit 182
The herb garden 194
Culinary herbs 196
Medicinal herbs 198
Care and Maintenance 200
Introduction 202
Basic equipment 204
Lawn care, garden safety 206
Knowing your soil 208
Drainage 210
Improving your soil 212
Plant foods 214
Watering 216
Digging 218
Weed control 220
Supporting plants 222
Lawns 224
Increasing plants 226
Growing from seed 228
Increasing bulbs 231
Growing from cuttings 232
Division 234
Layering 235
Plant problems 236
Pruning 240
Pruning trees 242
Pruning shrubs 244
Pruning vines and wall shrubs 248
Pruning hedges 254
General maintenance 258
Edible garden calendar 260
Ornamental garden calendar 262
Edible crop pests and diseases 264
Plants for particular purposes 266
Index 268
Glossary 274
Acknowledgments 276
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