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The Greenhouse Gardener
     

The Greenhouse Gardener

by Anne Swithinbank, John Swithinbank (Photographer)
 

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A greenhouse can be a garden's greatest asset: its nucleus and powerhouse. There are many ways of using it and a gardener can adopt one or all of them. In spring, you can start young plants from seed; raise tender perennials to fill gaps in the garden; give young vegetable plants a head start; sow early lettuce while the soil is too sticky to work outdoors.

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A greenhouse can be a garden's greatest asset: its nucleus and powerhouse. There are many ways of using it and a gardener can adopt one or all of them. In spring, you can start young plants from seed; raise tender perennials to fill gaps in the garden; give young vegetable plants a head start; sow early lettuce while the soil is too sticky to work outdoors. During spring and summer, you can raise greenhouse crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillis. You'll be able to overwinter tender plants such as bananas and cannas. And the greenhouse can be a showcase full of beautiful, unusual and exotic plants.

Trained at Kew and for many years Glasshouse Supervisor at the RHS Garden at Wisley, Anne Swithinbank is the expert on greenhouse gardening, and in this book she comprehensively describes the techniques that will allow you to greatly expand the growing capabilities of your garden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711233362
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 10.44(h) x 0.63(d)

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From the Introduction

If you are new to growing plants under glass, you are about to start down one of the most exciting, rewarding and therapeutic pathways gardening has to offer. Plants develop fast in the comfortable atmosphere of a greenhouse and in just one growing season you can fill your greenhouse with a jungle-like profusion of growth.
A greenhouse condenses all the dramas of the garden outside and presents them to you in close-up and at eye-level. Seedlings push their way through compost, bulbs burst into growth and buds pop open right under your nose. You don’t need to crouch low to admire your plants and inhale their perfume and there are new surprises every day as the processes of growing, flowering and resting unfold.
Ripening tomatoes and lengthening cucumbers rub shoulders with the shiny purple paddles of aeoniums and crisp, pine-scented foliage of pelargoniums. Toothed, succulent Aloe vera leaves make strong lines against blue-green dianthus and sage plants destined for the garden. Constant scene changes are wrought as plants pass through the greenhouse in their different stages of growth.
I hope this book will introduce you to these pleasures, inspire you to try growing new plants and help you make the most of your greenhouse.

Meet the Author

Anne Swithinbank is one of Britain's best-known gardeners, broadcasters and garden writers. Trained at Kew and formerly Glasshouse Supervisor at the RHS Garden at Wisley, she has presented many popular gardening programmes, including the Channel 4 series Bloom, Gardens of the Caribbean and BBC Gardeners' World. She is a regular panellist on Gardeners' Question Time on Radio 4. A prolific gardening correspondent for a number of national magazines and newspapers, she has also written several books.John Swithinbank photographs all aspects of horticulture, drawing on over 30 years of professional horticultural experience. His vast picture library is used by many international clients and his images appear regularly in Amateur Gardening and the Western Morning News. He lives in Devon.Anne Swithinbank is one of Britain's best-known gardeners, broadcasters and garden writers. Trained at Kew and formerly Glasshouse Supervisor at the RHS Garden at Wisley, she has presented many popular gardening programmes, including the Channel 4 series Bloom, Gardens of the Caribbean and BBC Gardeners' World. She is a regular panellist on Gardeners' Question Time on Radio 4. A prolific gardening correspondent for a number of national magazines and newspapers, she has also written several books.John Swithinbank photographs all aspects of horticulture, drawing on over 30 years of professional horticultural experience. His vast picture library is used by many international clients and his images appear regularly in Amateur Gardening and the Western Morning News. He lives in Devon.

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