Small-Space Gardening: How to Successfully Grow Flowers and Fruits in Containers and Pots

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There's no end to the advantages of gardening in containers, and gardening expert Peter Loewer's new book on the subject provides the perfect introduction.
Containers, of course, are the norm in cities and many suburbs, where space is at a premium, but gardeners with plenty of room will also appreciate the benefits of container planting. Containers dress up front walks and mailboxes, hang brightly from the limbs of trees, and energize a deck with color and life. They are a great...

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Overview

There's no end to the advantages of gardening in containers, and gardening expert Peter Loewer's new book on the subject provides the perfect introduction.
Containers, of course, are the norm in cities and many suburbs, where space is at a premium, but gardeners with plenty of room will also appreciate the benefits of container planting. Containers dress up front walks and mailboxes, hang brightly from the limbs of trees, and energize a deck with color and life. They are a great laboratory for "experiments," and also allow a gardener to grow plants that wouldn't otherwise winter over in northerly climate zones. Older gardeners also love container gardening for its relative simplicty and ease of maintenance.
In concise chapters, Loewer explains:

Ø Light, dormancy, temperature, and watering
Ø Potting and soil mixes
Ø Vertical gardens, including vines in pots
Ø How to create your own pool, and surround it with a beautiful water garden
Ø Growing fruits like bananas, alpine strawberries, and mangos in containers
Ø Forcing bulbs

Expanding the notion of the garden, SMALL-SPACE GARDENING will find a spot in every gardener's shed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585746712
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER LOEWER has written for all the national gardening magazines, and has written and illustrated several gardening books, including The Wild Gardener, which was named one of the 75 Great Gardening Books by the American Horticultural Society. He also wrote Solving Deer Problems (page 203) and Solving Weed Problems (page 176). His radio show, The Wild Gardener, can be heard on National Public Radio in North Carolina. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction ix
1 The Importance of and Reasons for Container Gardening, Including a Brief History of Pots and Potting 1
2 Aesthetics of Pots 7
3 The Care and Feeding of the Plants 13
4 Propagation and Pests 23
5 Flowering Plants 31
6 Plants for Foliage 59
7 Ground Covers 89
8 Japanese Gardens and Moss Gardens 99
9 Alpine Plants in Pots and Scree 115
10 Vines and Hanging Gardens 133
11 Some Ornamental Grasses and Bamboos 145
12 Succulents and Heavy Metal Gardening 165
13 Water Gardens 183
14 Growing Fruits in Containers 195
15 Bulbs and Other Tuberous Plants 207
16 Suppliers for Seeds, Plants, and Supplies 227
Bibliography 231
Index 233
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