Making a Garden: Reliable Techniques, Outstanding Plants, and Honest Advice

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Here's the gardener you wish you had next door, speaking from personal experience and offering expert advice. As Rita Buchanan writes, "This book has a mission--to inspire you to go dig up a part of your yard and plant a garden there. When that place is full, dig another spot and transform it, too. Keep this up until you're totally surrounded by fragrant flowers, tasty herbs, and colorful foliage. You'll never look back."

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Overview

Here's the gardener you wish you had next door, speaking from personal experience and offering expert advice. As Rita Buchanan writes, "This book has a mission--to inspire you to go dig up a part of your yard and plant a garden there. When that place is full, dig another spot and transform it, too. Keep this up until you're totally surrounded by fragrant flowers, tasty herbs, and colorful foliage. You'll never look back."

The sixteen chapters cover some of the most popular subjects in gardening--herbs, fragrant plants, cut flowers, bulbs, and groundcovers--as well as some of the most challenging: planting under a tree, gardening on a hillside, growing flowers that survive hot summers, and choosing plants for winter beauty.

Gardening leads in many directions, but they all revolve around growing plants. This is the book that will inspire you as it shows you how to get started.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"There is no such thing as an ex-gardener," Buchanan observes. "It's a lifelong passion." With this straightforward, comprehensive guide covering all the basics of soil preparation, plant siting and planting, the horticulture writer (Plants for Winter Beauty) means to ignite that passion. The first step before actually getting your hands dirty, she suggests, is photographing the existing area and scouting out local plants and resources. Of real value are Buchanan's unique approaches to perennial division (which she argues is a practical approach to economically expand the garden) followed by comprehensive lists of perennials classed according to root structure and growth patterns. She discusses ground cover--too often ignored in garden literature; offers extensive suggestions for what to plant and where; and tackles the challenges of planting near trees and on slopes. Other chapters cover bulb gardening, flowers for hot summers, plants for winter interest, herbs, cutting gardens and fragrant plants. Although Buchanan could have developed her earlier chapters more fully (only brief explanations are given for each step of planning the garden), her practical book offers some fresh approaches for both the novice and the experienced gardener. Illustrations by Steve Buchanan, the author's husband. (Nov.)
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Here's a gardening book loaded with advice and ideas that even experienced gardeners will find helpful. For example, Buchanan explains how to develop your own garden nursery for propagating unfamiliar plants like perennials and shrubs before incorporating them into your home landscape. Buchanan has extensive experience as a gardener and an author of garden books, including the "Taylor's Guide" series, a standard in garden literature. Here she shares her experience with propagating perennials and growing ground cover, shrubs, vegetables, fruits and berries, flowers, bulbs, and herbs. Buchanan's advice provides beginners and experienced growers alike with methods for the home garden. She shares information but never preaches. This is a useful source for gardening clients looking for information on successful techniques.--Dale Luchsinger, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395897539
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/5/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita Buchanan is the coeditor and co-author of TAYLOR'S MASTER GUIDE TO GARDENING as well as many other books. A botanist, horticulturist, and passionate gardener and designer, she turned a featureless cow pasture into a glorious garden landscape surrounding her home. She resides in Connecticut.

Steve Buchanan curently lives in Winsted, Connecticut.

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