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The Gardener's Year


This book contains practical help for any keen gardener, whether beginners or the most experienced. It provides everything necessary to make a garden look beautiful throughout the season.

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This book contains practical help for any keen gardener, whether beginners or the most experienced. It provides everything necessary to make a garden look beautiful throughout the season.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754813262
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 12.02 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Spring 12
Early Spring 14
Sowing and planting summer flowers 16
Creating new borders 18
Dividing and planting perennials 20
Planting trees and shrubs 22
Pruning trees and shrubs 24
Pruning roses and climbers 26
Lawn improvements 28
Preparing the vegetable plot 30
Early planting and sowing 32
Sowing bedding plants and early vegetables 34
Aftercare of seedlings 36
Bringing on tender perennials 38
Bringing on permanent plants 40
Mid-spring 42
Using flower supports 44
Looking after your lawn 46
Making a new pond 48
Creating a bog garden 50
Creating a rock garden 52
Planting a hanging basket 54
Growing vegetables from seed 56
Planting vegetables 58
Protecting your crops 60
Growing herbs 62
Sowing and taking spring cuttings 64
Late Spring 66
Sowing flowers 68
Caring for trees and shrubs 70
Stocking your pond 72
Planting permanent containers 74
Planting your patio 76
Topiary and alpine troughs 78
Successional sowing and intercropping 80
Plant tender crops 82
Harvesting early crops 84
Herbs in containers 86
Climate control 88
Training crops 90
Summer 92
Early Summer 94
Deadheading and mulching 96
Pruning and trimming shrubs 98
Creating patio displays 100
Watering the vegetable plot 102
Controlling weeds 104
Summer harvesting 106
Pruning tree fruit 108
Pruning and propagating soft fruit 110
Keeping crops growing well 112
Looking after greenhouse crops 114
Midsummer 116
Propagating shrubs and climbers 118
Propagating flowers and bulbs 120
Maintaining the pond 122
Growing and training vegetables 124
Harvesting and storing herbs 126
Summer pruning trained fruit trees 128
Renovating permanent plants 130
Late Summer 132
Planting and maintaining the flower garden 134
Maintaining shrubs and hedges 136
Harvesting and storing vegetables 138
Harvesting and storing fruit 140
Propagating and planting in the greenhouse 142
Autumn 144
Early Autumn 146
Planting spring and summer flowers 148
Preparing the lawn for winter 150
Repairing lawns 152
Plant container bulbs 154
Extend your harvests 156
Storing vegetables 158
Extending the greenhouse season 160
Mid-autumn 162
Naturalizing bulbs 164
Planting new shrubs and hedges 166
Autumn pond care 168
Creating winter interest 170
Overwintering herbs 172
Making compost 174
Heating the greenhouse 176
Overwintering tender plants 178
Late Autumn 180
Tidying up in autumn 182
Planting trees 184
Propagating plants 186
Providing winter protection 188
Planning a soft fruit garden 190
Pruning apples and pears 192
Pruning soft fruit 194
Cleaning up the greenhouse 196
Winter 198
Early Winter 200
Moving trees and shrubs 202
Knowing your soil 204
Improving your soil 206
Bringing on forced bulbs 208
Midwinter 210
Winter protection 212
Forcing winter crops 214
Propagating in winter 216
Late Winter 218
Warming up the soil 220
Making an early start 222
Jobs in brief 224
Glossary of terms 250
Index 251
Acknowledgements 256
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