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|Preface to the Second Edition|
|Pt. I||Fundamentals of Horticulture||1|
|Ch. 1||Climate and Plant Growth||8|
|Ch. 2||Botanical Nomenclature, Anatomy, and Physiology||18|
|Ch. 3||Plant Growth and Development||36|
|Ch. 4||Plant Propagation||48|
|Pt. II||Growing Plants Outdoors||69|
|Ch. 5||Outdoor Soils and Fertility||70|
|Ch. 6||Vegetable Gardening||94|
|Ch. 7||Growing Tree Fruits and Nuts||128|
|Ch. 8||Bush and Other Small Fruits||144|
|Ch. 9||Flower and Herb Gardening||160|
|Ch. 10||Home Landscape Planning and Installation||180|
|Ch. 11||Landscape Maintenance||202|
|Ch. 12||Lawn Establishment and Care||226|
|Ch. 13||Diagnosing and Treating Outdoor Plant Disorders||242|
|Pt||III Growing Plants Indoors||263|
|Ch. 14||Indoor Plant Maintenance||268|
|Ch. 15||Potting Media and Fertilizers||288|
|Ch. 16||Light and Indoor Plant Growth||306|
|Ch. 17||Indoor Plant Watering and Humidity||324|
|Ch. 18||Controlling Houseplant Pests and Diseases||340|
|Ch. 19||Interior Plantscaping||358|
|Ch. 20||Greenhouses and Related Climate-Controlling Structures||372|
|Appendix of Plant Societies||397|
But the clarity and readability of the text, combined with the great number of instructional photos and illustrations, have brought it to the attention of horticulture instructors who teach this course in a myriad of ways and at a variety of levels.
For this reason, in the fifth edition I have chosen to not only update but to broaden the text, keeping the basic core horticultural science in Part 1, but enhancing it with more information about the profession of horticulture and with descriptions of the techniques in commercial production horticulture. You will find the following improvements in this substantially revised fifth edition.
In addition, there is new material in the text on safety in regard to the mixing and application of pesticides, pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables, and power landscape maintenance equipment. A sample pesticide label diagram (in the form required by the Environmental Protection Agency) and a summary of national legislation over the past 30 years in regard to pesticides in agriculture have been included also.
Allied information on nonchemical pest and disease control and the increasing role of beneficial insects (with photos of some of them in action), a table of biological control agents such as nematodes and predator wasps, and a section on fungicidal inoculants for prevention of root diseases round out this enhancement.
The soils chapter has been enlarged to include sections on the role of soil organisms in plant growth, disussions of field capacity and matric potential in irrigation, current and traditional soil conservation techniques, and a traditional soil texture diagram.
Appreciation is expressed to Erric Ross, Mt. Hood Community College; Craig A. Tolley, County College of Morris; Dawn Gatherum, Weber State University; Ellen B. Peffley, Texas Technical University who reviewed the text.
The authors hope that the updating and broadening of the text will be appreciated by those who currently use it, and will make it more applicable to a wider range of courses taught by professors and teachers of horticultural science in all of North America.
Laura Williams Rice
Sept 21, 2001