Tool Book: A Compendium of over 500 Tools for the Well-Tended Garden

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If you love to knock yourself out digging beds, buy a better shovel. If you're looking for a no-nonsense alternative, buy this book! (Ketzel Levine, National Public Radio's Doyenne of Dirt)

"Thoroughly practical, easy-to-follow guide to good gardening Lee Reich make it sound simple, and if you follow his methods and philosophy, it is." (Dora Galitzki, Gardening Columnist, The New York Times, and Author of The Gardener's Essential Companion)

"Finally, a book filled with science-based information that insures success and frees us from busywork in the garden." (Dr. H. March Cathey, President Emeritus, American Horticultural Society)

Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Lee Reich shows how to garden for plants and good for people. Eschewing the traditional yearly digging up and working over of the soil, WEEDLESS GARDENING is an easy-to-follow, low-impact approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable garden, trees, and shrubs naturally. Say good-bye to backaches and week problems.

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Don't miss a word. Logan turns the history and evolution of the stages of gardening into fascinating reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761121367
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


William Bryant Logan is a certified arborist who uses a variety of garden tools in his daily work. He is also a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, contributing editor to Garden Design, and a free-lance author whose articles have appeared in House Beautiful, Horticulture, House & Garden, and Metropolitan Home. He previously wrote "Cuttings," a column for The New York Times. Mr. Logan lives and gardens in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction: The Love of Tools

CHAPTER ONE: THE WELL-TEMPERED TOOL

Anatomy of a Tool

Weight and Measure

Construction

CHAPTER TWO: DIGGING

Getting to the Dirt

From Dirt to Soil

Turning the Soil

History of Digging

The Shovel

Round-Point Shovels

Square Point Shovels

Scoops

Trenching Shovels

The Spade

Spades

Long-Handled Spades

Specialty Spades

Digging Spades

Heavy-Duty Specialty Spades

The Fork

Garden Forks

Broadfork

Specialty Forks

Bedding and Manure Forks

Scooping Forks

The Mattock and the Pick

Picks, Mattocks, and Land-Clearing Tools

CHAPTER THREE: CULTIVATING

The Persistence of Weeds

Tools for Cultivation

History of Cultivating

The Hoe

Hoes

Eye Hoes and Wheel Hoe

The Weeder

Weeders

The Cultivator

Cultivators

CHAPTER FOUR: PROPAGATING

History of Propagation

Propagation Tools

Propagation Tools

Knives

The Potting Bench

Potting Bench

Propagation Supplies

Seed-Planting Supplies

Soil Blockers

Modular Soil-Blocking System

Cold Frames

Cold Frames

Cloches and Other Season Extenders

Plant Protectors

CHAPTER FIVE: PLANTING

History of Planting

The Dibber

Dibbers

The Trowel

Trowels

Bulb Planters

Bulb Planters

Seeders

Seeders

Container Gardening

Plant Containers

CHAPTER SIX: CUTTING

History of Cutting

Flower Shears

Flower Shears

Hand Pruners

Hand Pruners

Hedge Shears

Hedge Shears

Loppers

Loppers

Pole Pruners

Pole Pruners

Pruning Saws

Pruning Saws

Woodlot Tools

Chopping and Splitting Tools

Clearing Tools

Scythes

Brush Cutters

CHAPTER SEVEN: WATERING

Knowing Your Garden

History of Watering

The Principles of Watering

The Watering Can

Watering Cans

Roses

The Hose

Hoses

Hose Accessories

Hose Accessories

Sprinklers

CHAPTER EIGHT: COMPOSTING

History of Composting

Compost Bins

Composters

Composting Tools

Composting Tools

CHAPTER NINE: LAWN CARE

The Lawn Mower

Lawn Mowers

Grass Shears and Edgers

Lawn Shears

Rakes and Edgers

Starting the Lawn

Spreaders

Lawn Rollers

Aerating the Lawn

Aerators

CHAPTER TEN: HOLDING AND HAULING

History of the Holders and Haulers

Choosing the Right Containers and Carriers

Fruit and Vegetable Baskets

Harvest Containers

Leaf, Weed, and Seed Carriers

Buckets and Bins

Carriers

The Haulers

Haulers

CHAPTER ELEVEN: RAKING AND SWEEPING

The Garden Rake

Lawn and Leaf Rakes

Garden Rakes

Lawn and Leaf Rakes

The Broom

Brooms

CHAPTER TWELVE: CLOTHING AND PROTECTION

Boots and Shoes

Footwear

Gloves

Gloves

Hats

Hats

Pants and Shirts

Clothing

Vests and Jackets

Jackets

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: CARE AND STORAGE

Finishing Touches

Looking Sharp

Hang Them High

Keep Them Together

Hose Storage

A Time to Renew

Care and Storage

Hose Reels

INDEX

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