Garden of One's Own: Making and Keeping Your Flower Garden

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A Garden of One's Own includes an action plan for designing and creating a personal flower garden, beginnning in the fall, when your ambitions for next year's plantings are just taking shape. Early chapters describe the many basic tasks and choices that confront a gardener through the seasons: flower bed preparation, seed selection and indoor planting, fertilizing and weeding. There is also valuable instruction on the more advanced notions of color combination and the timing of growths to assure a steady balance ...
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Overview

A Garden of One's Own includes an action plan for designing and creating a personal flower garden, beginnning in the fall, when your ambitions for next year's plantings are just taking shape. Early chapters describe the many basic tasks and choices that confront a gardener through the seasons: flower bed preparation, seed selection and indoor planting, fertilizing and weeding. There is also valuable instruction on the more advanced notions of color combination and the timing of growths to assure a steady balance of flowers throughout the season.

In a voice reminiscent of M.F.K. Fisher, one of the great personalities of the gardening world shares the techniques and insights that have made her extraordinary garden bloom from spring to late fall. With the eye of an artist, Bakalar offers a gardener's vision--enhanced by color photos and illustrations.

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Noted gardening lecturer Bakalar, who has presented programs for Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum and the New England Wildflower Society, here invites readers to begin to garden. She provides knowledgeable hints on soil preparation, plant selection, and garden design to give the inexperienced flower gardener the information needed to become a confident grower. Bakalar works from a Massachusetts base but does not limit the book to New England. However, she stresses that regional growing conditions must be considered for successful gardening. While encouraging to novices, her book will also inspire more experienced gardeners to launch flower gardens of their own. For popular gardening collections. (Photos not seen.)-- Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
George Cohen
Bakalar says she aims to provide some practical answers to the basic question most often asked by beginning gardeners: How do you start? In addition, she offers what she calls "a kind of road map for other gardeners." Accordingly, information on planning a garden begins her book, and advice on soil, compost, planting, transplanting, division, cuttings, layering, seed saving, mulching, watering, feeding, and weeding follows. Suggestions for shaping gardens and utilizing color as a design element and instruction on growing flowers for cutting and arranging appear, too, as does counsel for preparing the garden for winter. Fifty black-and-white photos and 32 pages of color photos illustrate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688121457
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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