The Big Book of Gardening Skills

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For beginners and advanced gardeners, this comprehensive, generously illustrated volume is the guide to growing flowers, fruits, herbs, vegetables, lawns, and shrubs. Clearly organized by topic with added charts, tables, and over 450 illustrations to help you plan, plant, and maintain beautiful, healthy, and productive gardens, this is the kind of book you can sit down and read from cover to cover or jump in and find just the answer you need.

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1993 Hard cover New. No dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 346 p. Audience: General/trade.

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Overview

For beginners and advanced gardeners, this comprehensive, generously illustrated volume is the guide to growing flowers, fruits, herbs, vegetables, lawns, and shrubs. Clearly organized by topic with added charts, tables, and over 450 illustrations to help you plan, plant, and maintain beautiful, healthy, and productive gardens, this is the kind of book you can sit down and read from cover to cover or jump in and find just the answer you need.

You can learn the masters' tips and techniques for just about anything that needs doing in the garden, including:

— Garden Basics... Starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, harvesting, fertilizing, mulching, weed control, and more.

— For Large or Small Gardens... Complete guide to growing container plants, flower or vegetable beds, or acres of landscapes, lawns, and orchards.

— Plant Selection Information... Lists and hints for fruit and vegetable selection, plants for a rock garden, planting for a succession of bloom, wildflower gardens, and more!

— Specialty Garden Hints... Ideas for herb gardens, attracting birds and butterflies, water gardens, rock garden, trellising, flower arranger's garden, flowers for drying, and more.

— Safe Organic Growing Methods... How-to's for bountiful harvests and healthy landscapes without the health and environmental hazards of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

— Illustrated Pest and Disease Guide... Identification and controls for common garden problems caused by insects, animal pests, and plant diseases.

— Garden Equipment Guide... Which tools you really need to get started, plus buying hints and maintenance tricks to make them last foryears.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One should be wary of books that claim to hold all the information the reader needs to know, no matter what the subject. This Big Book , though certainly useful, also helps to reinforce that hunch. Geared to the beginner, it wastes few pages in getting down to business--the first chapter describes planting methods for vegetables, from wide rows to trellises. Subsequent chapters are just as down-to-earth, and are focused on food production. Readers interested in flowers, fruits or landscaping will have to wait until they're well past the midpoint to get what they want. Brief initial rundowns of the contents of each chapter are useful, as are sidebars farther on: a guide to side-dressing vegetables, a list of long-blooming perennials and an extensive chart on container vegetables. The guide to insects, on the other hand, would have been more useful if photographs, rather than drawings, had been included, even though the information given is extensive. The same could be said for the discussion of garden diseases. In the end, this book tries to cover too much ground, giving some subjects short shrift. While a good introduction, it is not quite comprehensive enough. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Reading this book is a bit like having a chat over the back fence with a master gardener. Not a comprehensive garden guide, it aims to provide tips and tricks for gardeners of all interests and skill levels. Organized in major sections are magazine-like articles on such topics as tomatoes (to stake or not), green manures, and how to build a cold frame. Material ranges from the very basic (container gardening) to the more esoteric (soil solarization to kill insects and diseases). The volume is rounded off with lists of suppliers and associations. This nonthreatening source of information for the novice gardener will probably provide some nuggets of information for more experienced gardeners as well. For popular gardening collections.-- Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882667966
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/15/1993
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Gardening Style Planning 1
2 Getting Started: Preparing the Soil 21
3 All About Planting 41
4 Garden Care 57
5 Garden Pests and Diseases 73
6 Vegetables 119
7 The Herb Garden 151
8 Berries and Grapes 161
9 Tree Fruits 185
10 Gardening With Flowers 211
11 Container Gardening 239
12 Greenhouse Growing 247
13 Lawns and Landscapes 265
14 Specialty Gardens 293
15 Garden Tools and Hardware 323
App.: Suppliers 333
App.: Index 337
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