Gardening for Dummies

Gardening for Dummies

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Gardening is one of the most popular, least exclusive hobbies of all. Everybody can garden. Gardening is good for the body; an hour or two of daily yardwork provides just the right kind of light exercise we all need. Responsible gardening also does good things for the environment: materials get recycled, and empty lots become community gardens. Gardening also can boost your mental health; it delights the eye and fuels the soul with a connection to the earth. Even if you've never repotted a plant, you have the heart of a gardener if you love the taste of garden tomatoes or close your eyes when you sniff a blossom. Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will help novices get off to a solid start and help seasoned gardeners broaden their breadth of knowledge. This book is for you if you want to Create a garden for the first time Know how to mow your lawn the right way Find out which bugs are eating up your plants Determine when and how much to water your garden Attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard Grow your own herbs and vegetables Find your way around the garden center by knowing which soil amendments to buy, which tools to use, which plants to choose, and how to use pest controls. You can turn that brown thumb into a green one by exploring these other topics: Creating a landscape design: Know what you have; define areas and flow Exploring annuals, perennials, bulbs, and vines: Choose healthy plants; water and feed for longevity Buying and planting roses: Understand classifications, pruning methods, and winterizing Putting in a new lawn: Buy seed; remove sod; explore mowers and trimmers Planting seedlings, trees, and shrubs: Transplant from cell packs and larger containers; get bare-root or balled-and-burlapped plants into the ground Pruning and propagating: Understand the purpose; look at tools, techniques Dealing with weeds and disease: Identify damage; control spread Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, offers a slew of lists, illustrations, and color photographs to guide you as you garden. No matter what size your planting area, from sunny windowsill to patio to yard, you can nurture and grow a glorious garden.show more

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  • Paperback | 404 pages
  • 189 x 234.7 x 25.4mm | 712.15g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0764551302
  • 9780764551307

Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: Getting Going with Gardening. Chapter 1: Just a Few Ground-Level Questions and Answers. Chapter 2: Zoning Out: What You Can and Can't Grow. Chapter 3: Planning Your Landscape. PART II: Color Your World. Chapter 4: Annuals. Chapter 5: Perennials. Chapter 6: Bulbs. Chapter 7: Roses. PART III: Sculpting with Plants. Chapter 8: Trees and Shrubs. Chapter 9: Lawns and Ground Covers. Chapter 10: Vines. PART IV: At Ground Level. Chapter 11: Understanding and Improving Soil. Chapter 12: Raising Plants from Seeds. Chapter 13: Choosing and Planting Seedlings, Trees, and Shrubs. PART V: Caring for Your Plants. Chapter 14: Feed Me, Seymour! Watering, Feeding, and Composting. Chapter 15: A Snip Here, a Snip There: Pruning and Propagating. Chapter 16: Fighting Pests, Diseases, and Weeds. Chapter 17: Tools of the Trade. PART VI: Special Gardens. Chapter 18: Food Gardens. Chapter 19: Container Gardens. Chapter 20: Gardens for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies. Chapter 21: Gardening in Tight Spaces. PART VII: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: Ten Quick Projects. Chapter 23: Perfumed Garden Flowers. Appendix A: Gardening Resources. Appendix B: Mail-Order Resources.show more

About Michael Maccaskey

Michael MacCaskey is editor-in-chief of National Gardening magazine. Bill Marken is editor-in-chief of eHow.com. The National Gardening Association is the largest member-based, nonprofit organization of gardeners in the U.S.show more

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