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This colourful guide will introduce you to the fundamentals of horticulture, whether you are taking an RHS course, are a keen amateur or seasoned gardener.
Written in a clear and accessible style, this book explains the principles that underlie the cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, turf and ornamental planting in the outdoors and in protected culture. It has a wide breadth of coverage, from the subject’s more commercial aspects, through to matters of the garden and allotment, with the latest information on conservation, practical propagation techniques, and garden design. With highlighted definitions and key points, and illustrated in full colour, this book will be a useful companion as you progress in the study and practice of horticulture.
Audience: Students on a range of horticulture courses, including National Certificate, National Diploma, GNVQ and the Royal Horticultural Society's General Examination. Students on amateur gardening courses. Students and trainees working towards NVQ levels II and III.
Preface 1. Horticulture in Context 2. Climate and Microclimate 3. Classification and naming 4. Plant Cells and Tissues 5. External Characteristics of the Plant 6. Plant Reproduction 7. Plant Growth 8. Transport in the Plant 9. Pollination and Fertilization 10. Plant Development 11. Plant Propagation 12. Weeds and Other Wild Plants 13. Horticultural pests 14. Horticultural Diseases and Disorders 15. Plant Protection 16. Physical Properties of Soil 17. Soil Organic Matter 18. Soil Water 19. Soil PH 20. Plant Nutrition 21. Alternatives to Growing in Soil Index