Self Taught Gardener

Self Taught Gardener

by Sydney Eddison
     
 

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Most introductions to gardening bog down the eager beginner with bewildering theory that has little to do with the pleasures of seeing a flower bloom. The Self-Taught Gardener reveals its differences from the first page. It covers all the essential practicalities, but in an innovative format that reflects the way a gardener gradually builds skills and ambitions.… See more details below

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Most introductions to gardening bog down the eager beginner with bewildering theory that has little to do with the pleasures of seeing a flower bloom. The Self-Taught Gardener reveals its differences from the first page. It covers all the essential practicalities, but in an innovative format that reflects the way a gardener gradually builds skills and ambitions. Sydney Eddison helps you to avoid common mistakes (many of which she made!) or to turn them into successes whose freshness will surprise you. She teaches you how to tap into your own instinctive sense of design, color, and form, and how to learn from others - illustrating her point by taking apart well-designed gardens (by amateurs as well as professionals) and explaining what makes them work. The Self-Taught Gardener offers a wealth of practical tips on helping plants flourish, and provides invaluable lists of sturdy, versatile, and beautiful plants that will anchor your garden for years to come.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rookie gardeners meet their coach in this neighborly, over-the-fence guide. "I am here to egg you on," announces Eddison (A Patchwork Garden), who follows a beginner's inclinations: flowers first, theory second. Backed up with the dependable perennials and annuals that make her shortlist, the author coaxes readers directly into their prospective gardens. She offers valuable advice by the spadeful on such topics as soil (make it good), weeding (don't!), pruning and staking ("graceful" not "rigid"), real tools (crowbars and others that "resemble medieval weapons") and design considerations (watch your edges and pay attention to foliage). Eddison encourages beginners to thrust in their trowels and trust in the laws of gardening: "one action leads to another"; "gardens and gardeners are created by increments." Never presuming, she generously explains distinctions that are often taken for granted: borders vs. beds, spades vs. shovels, deciduous vs. evergreen, sun vs. partial shade. The result is superior common sense that is both a sideline pep-talk for the novice and a back-to-basics retreat for the informationally glutted. Line drawings by Steve Buchanan lend additional charm. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670860715
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.03(d)

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