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Gardening Basics: How To Design, Plant & Maintain Your Garden
     

Gardening Basics: How To Design, Plant & Maintain Your Garden

by Ken Beckett, Steve Bradley, Noel Kingsbury, Tim Newbury
 
a magnificent garden, this sumptuous and comprehensive handbook bursts with color, stunning designs, and unexpected treasures. Anyone eager to plant a first garden, revive an ailing one, or start over completely, will find this an absolute must-have. Four top experts, and over 1,200 magnificent, specially-commissioned photos, answer every question a beginner might

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a magnificent garden, this sumptuous and comprehensive handbook bursts with color, stunning designs, and unexpected treasures. Anyone eager to plant a first garden, revive an ailing one, or start over completely, will find this an absolute must-have. Four top experts, and over 1,200 magnificent, specially-commissioned photos, answer every question a beginner might have.
• Design the Garden: Create and draw a plan; get basic techniques for surfaces, patios, paths, and steps; add ponds and other water features.
• Plants for the Garden: Choose plants; see how to use small trees, shrubs, and climbers; and learn about roses, clematis, perennials; grasses, bulbs, annuals, container plants, and water plants.
• Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: Manage crops properly, and find out the special details that go into laying out a vegetable garden. Includes everything from beans, cabbage and tomatoes to melons, strawberries, and peaches--plus culinary herbs.
• Care and Maintenance: Find out how to use an array of tools and equipment, and the methods of soil care, feeding and watering, pruning, weed control, and winter care. Helpful "Calendars of Work" make remembering which tasks to do when even easier! If you have a garden or think you might want one, this is an essential a tool as soil or plants. A Main Selection of BOMC's Country Book Club. 276 pages (all in color), 8 5/8 x 11 3/8.

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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806924533
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
06/30/1999
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
8.97(w) x 11.74(h) x 1.06(d)

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