Gardening For Dummies, Pocket Edition

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Put down roots with the basics of gardening!

Don't know your Hosta undulata from your Bellis perennis? Take your new green thumb and leaf through this fun and easy reference to learn all about gardening! First you'll learn a little background to get you started, then it's off to find your gardening style and plan the garden you want while staying within a budget, followed by explanations of all those mysterious zones. Still curious? Grab all the right gear and pick out the right...

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Overview

Put down roots with the basics of gardening!

Don't know your Hosta undulata from your Bellis perennis? Take your new green thumb and leaf through this fun and easy reference to learn all about gardening! First you'll learn a little background to get you started, then it's off to find your gardening style and plan the garden you want while staying within a budget, followed by explanations of all those mysterious zones. Still curious? Grab all the right gear and pick out the right plants for you. You'll be growing your own annuals, perennials, and vegetables before you can say Lychnis coronaria!

Open the book and find:

  • Guidance on planning your garden
  • Explanations of hardiness and frost zones
  • Descriptions of proper gear
  • The differences between annuals and perennials
  • Tips for growing vegetables
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118315408
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Edition description: Pocket Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144

Meet the Author

Steven A. Frowine has bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture and is president of his own horticultural consulting firm.

The National Gardening Association is a non-profit leader in plant-based education.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 2

What You’re Not to Read 3

Foolish Assumptions 3

Icons Used in This Book 3

Where to Go from Here 4

Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Gardening 5

Playing the Name Game 6

"Hello, my name is . . .": Getting used to plant nomenclature 6

Anatomy 101: Naming plant parts 8

Bringing in Beauty with Flowers 9

Amazing annuals 10

Perennial plants 12

Gardening for Your Dining Pleasure 14

Chapter 2: Planning Your Own Eden 15

Taking Stock: Evaluating What You Already Have 16

Identifying problems and restrictions 18

Taking advantage of your yard’s assets 22

Getting Ideas for Your Garden Space 23

Gardening with the kids in mind 23

Creating space for entertainment 25

Designing a sanctuary: The quiet garden retreat 26

Cooking up an edible garden: Gardening for your kitchen 27

Zeroing In on Your Ideal Garden Style 29

Gardening around a theme 30

An inspired idea: Perusing books, magazines, and local gardens 34

Making Sure Costs Don’t Outgrow Your Budget 35

Bringing Your Garden Ideas to Reality 37

Sketching out the yard you have now 37

Making your drawing match your dream garden 38

Defining key areas so you know where to start 39

Chapter 3: Getting into the Zone — Your Garden's Zone 41

Different Hardiness Zone Maps for Different Folks 42

Taking a look at plant hardiness zone maps 43

Warming up to the heat-zone map 44

Savoring the Sunset zones 45

Reading plant hardiness zone maps 46

Fathoming Frost Zones and Growing Seasons 47

Chapter 4: Gathering Your Gardening Gear 49

Digging Those, Er, Digging Tools 50

Getting down with shovels and spades 50

Trowels: More than just little shovels 53

Garden forks: Not for dining! 54

Clues to Quality Cultivating Tools 55

Ho, ho, hoes 56

Weeding out poor weeders to get to the best 57

Getting a Handle on Hand Pruners 58

Wading through Wondrous Watering Tools 60

Hoses 61

Nozzles 63

Hose-end sprinklers 64

Water timers 66

Chapter 5: Growing Annuals and Perennials 67

Finding Annuals that Fit Your Garden 68

Some like it hot: Warm weather annuals 68

Some annuals like it cool 69

Buying Annuals 70

Starting with seed packets 70

Starting with nursery, well, starts 71

An Annual Event: The Whens, Wheres, and Hows of Planting 72

Filling in the garden after the last frost 73

Deciding where to plant annuals 74

Getting annuals in the ground 75

Looking at Perennials, the Repeat Performers 75

Hardy perennials 76

Tender perennials 76

Finding and Buying Perennials 77

To the market: Getting perennials in containers 77

Buying perennials through mail-order 79

Acquiring free divisions 80

Planting Perennials 80

Figuring out where to plant perennials 81

Deciding when to plant perennials 85

Preparing for the actual planting 89

Chapter 6: Food, Glorious Food! Growing Your Own Veggies 91

Varieties of Veggies 92

Growing vegetables by seasons 92

Defining hybrids 95

Appreciating heirlooms 96

Getting Your Vegetable Garden Ready 97

Sketching out your plan 97

Working with the sun: Where to plant vegetables 98

Using planting patterns and systems 99

Prepping your soil 102

Finding Your Vegetables103

Buying seeds 104

Buying nursery transplants 104

Planting Your Vegetables 105

Deciding when to plant your veggies 106

Sowing and planting your veggies 107

Chapter 7: Live Long and Prosper: Giving Plants What They Need 115

Let There Be Light! 116

Facing the Fertilizer Facts 118

Compost: More than Just a Fertilizer 121

Demystifying Soil pH 123

Finding out your soil's pH 124

Adjusting your soil's pH 124

Much Ado about Mulch 125

Knowing your mulches 126

How to apply mulch 129

Tackling Watering Issues 129

Providing plants with the right amount of moisture 130

Determining which watering system to use 131

Cutting back on watering 133

Dealing with drainage problems 134

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