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Saving Container Plants: Overwintering Techniques for Keeping Tender Plants Alive Year after Year. A Storey Basics Title
     

Saving Container Plants: Overwintering Techniques for Keeping Tender Plants Alive Year after Year. A Storey Basics Title

by Alice McGowan, Brian McGowan
 

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Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuchsias and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. Alice and Brian McGowan offer simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. With

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Enjoy your favorite container plants year after year! From geraniums to fuchsias and beyond, many container plants can be overwintered and enjoyed again the next season. Alice and Brian McGowan offer simple techniques for overwintering a variety of common tender perennial plants based on what kind of dormancy the plants go through in their native environment. With a plant-by-plant guide for quick reference, this Storey BASICS® guide will inspire you to create a stunningly varied container garden that comes to life every spring. 

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Library Journal
06/01/2014
This is part of the "Storey Basics" series, in which nuts-and-bolts advice on sundry topics is packaged compactly (5" × 7"), briefly (around 100 pages), and inexpensively ($10). Contributors are touted to be experts, as are the McGowans: he is currently assistant director of horticulture at Wave Hill (in the Bronx, NY); the couple formerly owned and ran specialty nursery Blue Meadow Farm in Montague Center, MA. Their book should make it easier for gardeners who struggle with the autumn dilemma of what to do with their favorite "tenders." After explaining why one should bother with overwintering, the authors discuss the principal indoor environments: sunny and warm, cool and bright, dark and damp, and dark and dry. Other subjects include the storing of bulbs, corms, and tubers; and propagation techniques; the authors also provide lots of tips about common pests and problems. The book concludes with a plant-by-plant guide (103 kinds); here, one surmises, will be the spot many readers will start. VERDICT DIYers will appreciate the book's focused approach. There's not much to look at here—this is as far from garden porn as one is likely to get—but that's the point. As someone else has said about Storey's lineup: many of its books are a call to action. In other words, don't read—do!—Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612123615
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,343,066
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

For 18 years, Alice and Brian McGowan owned and operated Blue Meadow Farm, a specialty nursery that was well known for its selection of unusual tender plants. Brian is now the assistant director of horticulture at Wave Hill and Alice is a freelance garden writer. The couple lives in Hyde Park, New York.

For 18 years, Alice and Brian McGowan owned and operated Blue Meadow Farm, a specialty nursery that was well known for its selection of unusual tender plants. Brian is now the assistant director of horticulture at Wave Hill and Alice is a freelance garden writer. The couple lives in Hyde Park, New York.

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