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Herbs are rewarding and versatile plants. They are easy to grow and add
colour, texture and fragrance to our gardens and food.
Do you live in an urban area and want to grow your own organic vegetables, but don’t know where to begin?
Jane’s Delicious Garden is perfect for you – whether you have green fingers or not. Packed with practical advice, time-saving tips, step-by-step instructions and personal anecdotes, this book is for beginners and gardening gurus alike.
With over 200 photographs and detailed information on how to prepare your garden for planting and growing nearly 100 vegetables and herbs, this guide will enable you to feed your family and friends with wholesome, organic food harvested from your own garden.
This handy pocket guide introduces local gardening enthusiasts to some of southern Africa’s most beautiful, beneficial and easy- to-care-for indigenous plants, giving guidance on how best to use them and how to ensure that they flourish.
An essential handbook for easy-care beautiful gardening.
The author, Glenice Ebedes, is the owner of Grounded Landscaping. She is a graduate of Lifestyle College and an active member of the Guild of Landscape Designers. She specializes in indigenous, wildlife-friendly gardens and her gardens regularly feature in magazines.
This comprehensive guide to vegetable gardening in South Africa, written especially for the home gardener, is based on vast practical experience and an intimate knowledge of local growing conditions.
Part 1 provides down-to-earth advice on location and layout of the vegetable gaarden;soils and nutrients; garden planning and crop rotation; tools and equipment; watering; cultivation and weed control; seed, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and their control; container growing, and the use of plastics in the vegetable garden. In part 2 the common as well as a number of unusual vegetables are fully discused. Invaluable information on cultivars, soil preparation, propagation, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and diseases are included. This is followed by short descriptions of the more widely used culinary herbs. Finally, the appendices give information on how to grow salad sprouts, and detailed and invaluable advice on exhibiting vegetables.
Whether your garden is a smallholding or a townhouse patio, The A - Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa is an essential handbook containing everything you need to know for the successfull production of your own top-quality vegetables throughout the year.
Do you love living in the city but dream about growing your own wholesome fruit and vegetables? South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.
Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of urban eco living.
In her trademark sensible and easy-to-follow style, Jane provides a wealth of tips and suggestions for:
Illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour photographs, Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is essential reading for anyone wanting to live a more sustainable, productive and healthy lifestyle in the city.
My Unicorn Garden is packed full of fun things to make and do! Created with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK's leading gardening charity, this amazing book is bursting with crafts and activities perfect for children. It's time to get your green-hooves ready with your favourite unicorn friends! Paint a unicorn plant pot Create fantastic flower pressings Make your own mini unicorn garden Discover the wonderful secrets of gardening with magical, mythical unicorns! These unicorns are off on a garden tour to learn all about plants, wildlife and top gardening tips. The unicorns can't wait to start exploring - and you can join them! This book is packed with fun facts and activities, so you can become a gardening expert, too.
First published in 1995, this invaluable guide to the trees, shrubs, ground covers, and smaller plants that thrive in New Mexico's many life zones and growing areas is now available in a long-awaited new edition. Landscape architect Baker H. Morrow considers the significant factors that impact planting in New Mexico-including soil conditions, altitude, drought, urban expansion, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation-to provide the tools for successful gardens and landscapes in the state. Added photographs and sketches identify the forms and uses of plants, including many new species that have become widely available in the region since the 1990s. The latest recommendations for specific cities and towns include more photos for ease of reference, and botanical names have also been updated. With ingenuity and efficient water management, Morrow demonstrates how to create landscapes that provide shade, color, oxygen, soil protection, windscreening, and outdoor enjoyment.
Jane’s Delicious A–Z of Vegetables is an accessible guide to the most commonly-grown vegetables, plus many new and unusual ones now available, with detailed information on how to sow, plant, feed, water, protect, harvest and eat them, as well as save their seed for future generations. Written in Jane’s quirky, practical style and lavishly illustrated with full-colour photographs for easy reference, this is a one-stop guide to growing any type of vegetable organically.
Leading floral designers Putnam & Putnam are back - now with the ultimate flower-arrangement reference book The follow-up to Darroch and Michael Putnam's acclaimed bestselling debut, Flower Color Theory is the only guide that uses color theory as inspiration for flower arrangements. The book features 175 arrangements that show myriad ways to combine flowers of different hues, all built around color schemes including analogous, complementary, monochromatic, triadic, transitional, and accent colors. Flower Color Theory is both inspirational and a guide to creating lush, romantic, and effortlessly elegant creations of your own.
Written by a hard-working horticulturalist for fellow gardeners, the aim of this diary is to jog people's memories, share plant stories, demystify gardening and most importantly make the reader smile. You'll find a personal year-long diary of gardening along with favourite seasonal plants, timely reminders and entertaining tales of moving sheep, visiting RHS Chelsea Flower Show and speaking at garden clubs. Tamsin's open garden is at the heart of a working farm, so her book reflects the twists and turns of the countryside. For anyone just about to embark on a life in the country, or whose town garden is never tidy and who wonders how the professionals do it, it's a must read. Pick up tips on how to keep warm whilst gardening, get rid of chilblains and grow seasonal food from someone who lives, breathes and eats country gardening.
Fresh herbs offer a healthy and delicious way to spice up any meal, but growing and cooking with these delectable plants are endeavors fraught with uncertainty. What herbs will grow year-round on my kitchen windowsill? What foods complement rosemary? Which part of a lemongrass plant has the best flavor? Can I really eat the geraniums growing in my flower bed? This indispensable guide from The Herb Society of America takes the guesswork out of using herbs in the garden and in the kitchen by providing detailed information for cultivating a wide variety of herbs, along with easy-to-follow recipes that will surely impress even the most discerning palate.
Ranging from Alliums (onions, chives, and garlic) to Zingiber (ginger), the volume's first section provides horticultural information for each of the sixty-three herbs found in the National Herb Garden's Culinary Garden, including common and botanical names, family, place of origin, hardiness, and general light and soil requirements. Botanical sketches accompany many of the entries. Each entry also includes a short history of the herb, gardening basics, and suggestions for using the herb in your kitchen. Culinary herbs without Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) Status are included in a separate section, with an explanation of their history and ornamental value. An informative introduction to this section compares several different definitions of the word herb, explains the advantages of fresh over dried herbs, describes the proper storage and use of spices, and suggests the best timing and methods for harvesting herbs.
In the second part of the book, HSA members offer classic and creative recipes for more than two hundred dishes incorporating a variety of herbs. Learn how to use the aromatic and flavorful herbs in your garden to enhance stews and casseroles, create dips and pestos, and add a new dimension to your favorite liqueurs. Among the mouth-watering recipes featured are Lemon Basil Tea Bread, Chicken Linguine with Fennel and Tarragon, Five-Herb Pasta Salad, and Rosemary Fizz.
The concluding section of the book contains a fascinating personal tour of the two-and-one-half-acre National Herb Garden, which lies in the heart of Washington, D.C., at the center of the United States National Arboretum, and of its various themed areas, including the Knot Garden, the Antique and Heritage Rose Garden, the Dye Garden, the Colonial Garden, the Native American Garden, the Beverage Garden, the Medicinal Garden, and many others. Complete plant lists accompany the description of each garden.
Green thumbs and gourmets alike will find inspiration in these pages to look at herbs in new ways -- perhaps to see beyond their cupboards and into their own yards for ways to liven up their meals -- and will gain the knowledge and confidence to grow and use herbs effectively. More than a gardening book, more than a cookbook, The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs will prove to be an indispensable companion for all herb lovers.
These natural history guides have been developed to encourage young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history to learn about the wonders of southern Africa's fascinating fauna and flora. They are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance: each of the species presented is described in easy-to-read text, with a photograph and distribution map. A short introduction gives context to the topic.
Roses, delicately perfumed and perfectly shaped, have been the world's favourite flower for centuries. A gift of a bunch of roses or even a single stem has long signified love and joy shared. Roses have proved themselves to be willing to grow in gardens everywhere, from the misty midlands to the desert, from the coast to the mountains, always tended with loving care. During her career as a garden writer and photographer, the author found all the beautiful rose gardens in the country, and photographed and wrote about them. A reason for roses is a visual celebration of these gardens and the eternal beauty of the rose. Presenting roses in their various forms, from charming miniatures to tall hybrid teas and rampant ramblers, some making pretty groundcovers, others covering walls or thriving in pots, this title will be a joy and inspiration rose lovers everywhere.
'n Klein tuin bied sy eie uitdagings, of dit nou 'n lang, smal strook, 'n klam skaduryke binnehof, 'n klein stukkie ground of 'n windverwaaide balkon is. Of jy nou 'n oorvloed blomme wil he, 'n tuin wat min onderhoud verg, 'n speelplek vir kinders of 'n veelsydige ontspanningasarea - noukeurige beplanning is noodsaaklik om die plek wat jy tot jou beskikking het ten beste te benut. Klein tuine is deesdae die reel liewer as die uitsondering en daar is 'n oorvloed plante beskikbaar vir elke denkbare behoefte. Kruistelers en tuinboukundiges het bykans elke groot struik, boom en plant gekutiveer om kleiner, meer kompakte en dwergvariasies van klassieke gunstelinge daar te stel. Hierdie titel vertel jou meer daarvan, asook hoe om 'n pragtuin in jou klein ruimte te skep.
"The Book for Cider Lovers"--New York Times Today, food is being reconsidered. It's a front-and-center topic in everything from politics to art, from science to economics. We know now that leaving food to government and industry specialists was one of the twentieth century's greatest mistakes. The question is where do we go from here. Author Andy Brennan describes uncultivation as a process: It involves exploring the wild; recognizing that much of nature is omitted from our conventional ways of seeing and doing things (our cultivations); and realizing the advantages to embracing what we've somehow forgotten or ignored. For most of us this process can be difficult, like swimming against the strong current of our modern culture. The hero of this book is the wild apple. Uncultivated follows Brennan's twenty-four-year history with naturalized trees and shows how they have guided him toward successes in agriculture, in the art of cider making, and in creating a small-farm business. The book contains useful information relevant to those particular fields, but is designed to connect the wild to a far greater audience, skillfully blending cultural criticism with a food activist's agenda. Apples rank among the most manipulated crops in the world, because not only do farmers want perfect fruit, they also assume the health of the tree depends on human intervention. Yet wild trees live all around us, and left to their own devices, they achieve different forms of success that modernity fails to apprehend. Andy Brennan learned of the health and taste advantages of such trees, and by emulating nature in his orchard (and in his cider) he has also enjoyed environmental and financial benefits. None of this would be possible by following today's prevailing winds of apple cultivation. In all fields, our cultural perspective is limited by a parallel proclivity. It's not just agriculture: we all must fight tendencies toward specialization, efficiency, linear thought, and predetermined growth. We have cultivated those tendencies at the exclusion of nature's full range. If Uncultivated is about faith in nature, and the power it has to deliver us from our own mistakes, then wild apple trees have already shown us the way.
Hierdie wetenskaplik akkurate handleiding is daarop gemik om tuiniers en tuinboukundiges te help om vetplant- en rotspesies van oral in die wêreld te identifiseer.
Kweek dit self is ’n alsomvattende gids vol praktiese riglyne wat jou sal leer hoe om jou tuin (groot of klein) ten volle te benut, hetsy met tradisionele of alternatiewe tuinbou metodes. Die inhoud is nie beperk tot alledaagse en bekende spesies nie, daar word metodes aangebied om ongewone en moderne variasies van elke tipe plant te kweek. Elke plant word op ’n geordende en logiese manier volledig bespreek, met besondere verwysing na die vereistes vir die voorbereiding van die grond, verdeling van die plante, die kweking, asook die oes en berging daarvan. ’n Lekker bonus is die bykomende wenke hoe om plante in houers te kweek, die geskikste plante vir verskillende spasies, hoe om peste te bekamp, plantmaats, en die beste wapens in die oorlog teen siektes en ander probleme. Met die oog op die haastige leser wat nie onnodige opleeswerk wil doen vóór besluitneming nie, is daar ’n gebruiksvriendelike opsomming van elke spesie en bykomende interessante inligting op so ’n manier saamgestel dat dit ’n plesier is om daarna vollediger inligting te bekom.
Get the best out of any type of garden without spending a fortune, whether it's a small window box or a hard patio, with Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell's brilliant guide to growing crops in pots. Using containers or pots as a base for your gardening is so versatile. Try making an eye-catching design feature by growing nasturtiums in a metal bucket, or grow wild arugula on your window ledge in a kitchen colander. Growing your own crops is not only rewarding and fun, but you'll be doing your bit for the environment too, as well as being able to ensure that all your crops are produced organically, whilst saving money at the same time. This book is packed with tips and techniques, from companion planting to deter pests, to choosing the right container for the right crop, along with a wealth of other gardening advice. Grow Your Own Food tempts the novice gardener to get growing and the more experienced gardener to grow organically, producing crops that are a pleasure to grow, harvest, and eat.
Culinary herbs are some of the oldest cultivated plants and continue to be widely used throughout the world to flavour and enhance dishes. They are also utilized in medicines and cosmetics, and play a role in many traditional rituals and customs. Herbs can be grown in beds, borders and containers, indoors or out, in small or large spaces. Whether you want a dedicated kitchen bed or just some herb bushes between the flowers and shrubs, this book will provide you with all the tools you need to create a fragrant and healthy herb garden.
'When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don't want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.' As a young boy in 1960s Plymouth, Allan Jenkins and his brother, Christopher, were rescued from their care home and fostered by an elderly couple. There, the brothers started to grow flowers in their riverside cottage. They found a new life with their new mum and dad. As Allan grew older, his foster parents were never quite able to provide the family he and his brother needed, but the solace he found in tending a small London allotment echoed the childhood moments when he grew nasturtiums from seed. Over the course of a year, Allan digs deeper into his past, seeking to learn more about his absent parents. Examining the truths and untruths that he'd been told, he discovers the secrets to why the two boys were in care. What emerges is a vivid portrait of the violence and neglect that lay at the heart of his family. A beautifully written, haunting memoir, Plot 29 is a mystery story and meditation on nature and nurture. It's also a celebration of the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love.
Om jou eie groente en kruie te kweek is ’n nuwe tendens wat voortspruit uit die behoefte om stadiger te leef, te weet waar jou kos vandaan kom en beter na die planeet om te sien. In Begin jou eie groentetuin rus die twee plattelanders jou toe om dit te doen deur die nuutste ontwikkelings in te span – van waterbesparing en permakultuur tot biodinamika en herwinning. En jy hoef nie ’n groot stuk grond te hê nie. Groentetuine kan op balkonne, in vensterbanke en vertikaal teen mure aangelê word.
Leer hoe om kompos te maak, watter plante droogtebestand is en watter plante nie saam geplant moet word nie, in watter streek en seisoen watter plante aard, hoe om water op te gaar en weer te gebruik asook wat vir onkruid- en pesdoders ingespan kan word. Die skrywers se raad: deel jou kennis en leer uit mekaar se foute. Dit maak die eerste groente-oes soveel lekkerder!
Legendary gardener Vita Sackville-West's affectionate and inspirational tribute to her 25 favorite plants
In "Some Flowers," originally published in 1937, Vita Sackville-West took the novel step of choosing 25 of her favorite flowers and describing their appearance, origins, characteristics, and the best ways to grow them, in a series of beautifully expressive pen portraits which retain their vitality more than 70 years later. In this fresh edition, the exquisite watercolors of Graham Rust provide a perfect marriage of words and images, clearly demonstrating at last the accuracy and ingenuity of Vita Sackville-West's descriptions. This glorious second flowering of her personal, erudite, and poetical book will not only delight her many admirers but also guarantee her reputation with a new generation of gardening enthusiasts.
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