Gardening Wisdom replaces age-old gardening frustrations strewn across the soils of time with seeds of wisdom cultivated through years of experience to create gardening magic.
For this collection, renowned gardening expert Douglas Green has culled timeless techniques and tried-and-true solutions from the dusty pages of gardening books of yesteryear to help gardeners grow a beautiful garden today. Drawing from his predecessors' wisdom and solid advice, Green shares many secrets for successful perennials and annuals, as well as lawns, bulbs, vegetables, and roses. Discover how to "order rightly" your soils; learn practical remedies for controlling all varieties of garden pests; and begin to apply three back-to-basics rules for bulb growing, simple but successful container growing, and much more.
Elegantly written and clearly illustrated with charming line drawings, Gardening Wisdom is perfect for the passionate gardener who appreciates a timeless, practical approach to gardening challenges.
Some of the advice from centuries' past in Gardening Wisdom:
- "It is a general rule, in transplanting, never to bury the collar of a plant."-Jane Loudon, Gardening for Ladies and Companion to the Flower Garden
- "A good compost for the growth of common bulbs is one part clean sand, one part leaf-mould or rich garden-loam, and one part well-rotted cow-dung."-Edward Sprague Rand Jr., Bulbs: A Treatise on Hardy and Tender Bulbs and Tubers
- "The simplest and most effective form of protection for garden or bush roses is hilling up the soil about the plants."-Frederick F. Rockwell, The Home Gardener Handbook: Roses
- "The simpletreatment of washing the foliage and leaf-stalks of the infested plants with a sponge dipped in weak, warm soapsuds will be found effectual in all cases."-Edward Sprague Rand Jr., Bulbs: A Treatise on Hardy and Tender Bulbs and Tubers
About the Author:
Douglas Green has spent more than twenty years advising gardeners on everything from potted plants to perennials to potatoes through his nursery business, Simple Gifts Farm. A successful author and photographer, he has published on a wide range of gardening topics, writes a weekly syndicated gardening column, and is the gardening expert for the East Coast radio show "All about the House." Green lives with his family in Athens, Ontario.