Waterwise Gardening: Water, Plants and Climate - A Practical Guide

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As global warming increases, gardening must adapt to the changes in climate—including dry periods and droughts. But, thanks to this timely new eco-conscious guide, people can enjoy their gardens while still conserving water. Professional horticulturist Ian Cooke shows how to make a garden grow by storing and recycling water, boosting soil’s water retention, using mulches and drought-tolerant crops, and irrigating. A thorough section on the aesthetics of dry gardening includes an A-to-Z of waterwise plants, as ...

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As global warming increases, gardening must adapt to the changes in climate—including dry periods and droughts. But, thanks to this timely new eco-conscious guide, people can enjoy their gardens while still conserving water. Professional horticulturist Ian Cooke shows how to make a garden grow by storing and recycling water, boosting soil’s water retention, using mulches and drought-tolerant crops, and irrigating. A thorough section on the aesthetics of dry gardening includes an A-to-Z of waterwise plants, as well as planting schemes. This book is essential for every gardener who cares about the environment.

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Waterwise gardening, similar to xeriscaping, is increasingly important to gardeners who must contend with bans on irrigation during a drought or who simply want to conserve water. Cooke (grounds mgr., Univ. of Nottingham; Grasses and Bamboos) writes from his wealth of experience about the changes in climate that can make traditional ways of gardening difficult. Practical information includes how to plan a layout based on available water sources, prepare the soil and pick appropriate plants, and maintain available water through mulching. Photos, interviews with professional waterwise gardeners, and a lengthy list of plants tolerant of dry conditions provide plenty of inspiration. VERDICT Unlike similar books on xeriscaping for desert or mountain climates, Cooke's is based on the British climate and will be useful for readers in wetter, or even Mediterranean, climates who are new to waterwise gardening. These gardeners require new tools and techniques as well as a new mindset about what makes an attractive garden, and Cooke proves a good source.—Margaret Heller, Dominican Univ. Lib., River Forest, IL
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  • ISBN-13: 9781845379858
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers, Limited UK
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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