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"Lawnmowers and Grasscutters: A Complete Guide" charts the fascinating history of this now common place piece of garden machinery, from the horse drawn contraptions of the past to the robot mowers of today, while looking at the design and development. Superbly illustrated with step-by-step photographs and instruction on care and maintenance, it provides vital reading to ensure that your lawnmower or grasscutter is working efficiently.
From the best-selling, award winning author of No Dig Organic Home and Garden, Stephanie Hafferty offers a pathway to low cost, zero waste and as plastic free living as possible. She shows you the advantages and pleasures of cooking seasonally and making organic products for you and your family's health and happiness. Learn how to be resourceful, creative and inspired by what is seasonal and close to hand for a 100% organic home. Make your own: *Main meals, sides, soups and salads *Store cupboard ingredients like flavoured salts, vinegars, herb mixes, essences *Drinks (including cordials, teas and liqueurs) *Soaps, balms, cleansers, toothpaste and much more!
A tribute to the beauty of the famed Italian gardens of Isola Bella and Isola Madre, two precious jewels of Italy's Lake Maggiore. The islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre have belonged to the Borromeo family since the sixteenth century. From the very beginning, this noble Italian family aimed to transform these fishing islands into small earthly paradises boasting lush gardens. With stunning photography and informative texts, this book explores the enchanting scenery of both islands. Named after Countess Isabella Borromeo, Isola Bella is an attractive terraced pyramid of formal gardens with baroque scenery of monumental stairs, statue-topped balustrades, and obelisks. Isola Madre, the largest of the lake islands, has a beautiful Renaissance palace surrounded by a botanical garden, famous for its variety of flowers and plants due to the mild climate. The exquisite flora includes azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, ancient camellias, water lilies, lotus flowers, and Mediterranean citrus plants. So magical that they even once fascinated the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the Borromeo Gardens are breathtakingly represented in this lavishly illustrated tome.
In The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief. Picked from every walk of life, they encompass crops, weeds, medicines, religious gathering-places and a water lily named after a queen. Beginning with pagan cults and creation myths, the cultural significance of plants has burst upwards, sprouting into forms as diverse as the panacea (the cure-all plant ginseng, a single root of which can cost up to $10,000), Newton's apple, the African 'vegetable elephant' or boabab - and the mystical, night-flowering Amazonian cactus, the moonflower. Ranging widely across science, art and cultural history, poetry and personal experience, Mabey puts plants centre stage, and reveals a true botanical cabaret, a world of tricksters, shape-shifters and inspired problem-solvers, as well as an enthralled audience of romantics, eccentric amateur scientists and transgressive artists. The Cabaret of Plants celebrates the idea that plants are not simply 'the furniture of the planet', but vital, inventive, individual beings worthy of respect - and that to understand this may be the best way of preserving life together on Earth.
A beautifully designed organiser to keep all your information for contacts, co-workers, family and friends in one place. This stylish and elegantly designed pocket address book has plenty of space to record names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for everyone you need to stay in touch with. With colour-coded alphabetical sections, a silk ribbon marker and beautiful floral images throughout from the world-famous RHS Lindley Library, this decorative address book makes the perfect gift!
A plant by plant pruning guide for perfect results With detailed advice on how to prune 180 trees, shrubs, and climbers plus 20 popular fruit crops, RHS Pruning Plant by Plant is the only pruning guide in this handy size to tell and show you exactly what you need to do plant by plant. The A-Z organisation helps you find the plant you're looking for fast, while step-by-step instructions and diagrams make pruning fruit trees, shrubs, and climbing plants a simple and achievable process. RHS Pruning Plant by Plant is essential pruning advice for novices and experienced gardeners alike and its handy, compact format make it ideal for putting in your pocket when you're heading to your garden or allotment.
This collection of more than 40 articles from "GrowerTalks"
magazine offers the latest innovations in media, nutrition, and
equipment in this rapidly expanding industry. Topics include
genetic testing, plant growth regulators, germination chambers,
media testing, transplanters, and fast cropping.
This text provides readers with everything they need to know about cultivating and maintaining an indoor garden. It includes information on hydroponics, high intensity lighting, plant nutrient problems, insects, spider mites and diseases.
Turn your crochet projects into art with freeform crochet Create something gorgeous by working outside of patterns and grids. "First Time Freeform Crochet" contains eight projects in an informative booklet. Complete step-by-step instructions this zen-like craft will allow you to meditate and relax while creating great projects. A crochet basics section provides stitches and all of the techniques needed to make the eight projects.
This title is packed with planting solutions, pruning advice and practical horticultural tips from the editors of Fine Gardening. It features 10 special sections that divide the chapters offering focused information on top gardening topics. It includes at-a-glance advice suitable for gardeners of all experience levels. Based on Fine Gardening content, this book is packed with planting solutions, pruning advice and all the practical gardening information the editors of Fine Gardening have to offer. Readers will love the at-a-glance know-how in this book: from how to start plants from seed to the best way to put a garden to bed for the winter, and every cultivating activity between. Ten special sections divide the chapters-practically a book within a book-offering key, focused information on top gardening topics. Armchair and All- Season gardeners alike will find hundreds of tips and tailored gardening information for keeping gardens healthy and yielding in just about any situation.
"When it sings, a garden will have the power to transport and to lead you to a place that is magical. It is an oasis for creation, available to anyone with a little space and the compunction to get their hands dirty." In Natural Selection, Dan Pearson draws on ten years of his Observer columns to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden. Travelling between his city-bound plot in Peckham and twenty acres of rolling hillside in Somerset, he celebrates the beautiful skeletons of the winter garden, the joyous passage into spring, the heady smell of summer's bud break and the flaring of colour in autumn. Pearson's irresistible enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge overflow in a book teeming with tips to inspire your own space, be it a city window box or country field. Bringing you a newfound appreciation of nature, both wild and tamed, reading Natural Selection is a deeply restorative experience.
The British have always been a nation of gardeners. Our gardening history began even before the Romans, who brought Mediterranean plants which still flourish across Britain. Gardening grew in the sixteenth century and a distinctively British style became a major export in the eighteenth century. Today, the annual Chelsea Flower Show is an international festival, and our garden designers are in demand all over the world. This book traces the history of British gardening over 450 years through the stories of twenty-six key figures, showing what drove them, and their role in the evolution of Britain's gardens. Their work reveals changes in taste and society down the centuries. Familiar names are featured, such as 'Capability' Brown, Humphry Repton, Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West and Christopher Lloyd, together with less generally known figures such as John Gerard, whose Herballof 1597 inspired generations of plantsmen, the Tradescants, pioneer plant hunters, and J. C. Loudon, nineteenth-century champion of smaller gardens. In the present day, we meet Beth Chatto, advocate of the right plant in the right place, and John Brookes, who did for gardening what Elizabeth David did for cooking. Their achievements provide a colourful history and inspiration to every gardening enthusiast.
So much of gardening is focused on the monthly checklists, seasonal to-do lists, and daily upkeep - weed this area, plant these seeds, prune this tree, rake these leaves, dig this hole - frantically done all year long. But what about taking the time to truly enjoy the garden in every sense? In The Garden in Every Sense and Season does just that. Beginning the heady blooms of spring and closing with putting the garden to bed in winter, Tovah Martin mindfully explores her garden through sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. She sees the bright yellow daffodils of spring, smells summer's pungent roses, hears the crows in autumn, and tastes winter's juicy citrus. In 100 evocative essays, Martin shares sage garden advice and intimate reflections on her own garden. The Garden in Every Sense and Season, from one of the greatest garden writers of our time, urges gardeners to inhale, savour, and become more attuned with their gardens.
The answers at your fingertips! Here's expert advice that's easy to access and oh-so-easy to implement. With step-by-step instructions and hundreds of helpful photographs and illustrations, gardening for your space and place will be a pleasure year-round. 6 reasons this will be the Gardening Book of the Year: 1 -One-stop guide for novice green-thumbs and gardening gurus alike. 2 -Easy-to-follow ideas and expert advice make gardening tasks easier. 3 -Save time and money with handy tips and cost-cutting methods. 4 -Written for all climates from the tropics to the snow fields and every size garden from a windowsill to a big backyard. 5 -Over 450 entries with illustrations and photographs guaranteed to inspire you. 6 -Exclusive to Reader's Digest.
'Adagio' is Trisha Dixon's charming musing on slow gardening and the importance of stopping to enjoy life. With a strong environmental message about ethical and sustainable living, 'Adagio' blends personal anecdote with musings and facts, drawing on Trisha's gardening background and her wide-ranging interests.
35 unique projects to make full use of any small space you have, whether you live in the country or the city. Teeny Tiny Gardening is horticulture on the smallest of scales. 'Emma Hardy has created a book perfect for the novice gardener. Everything is broken down into simple steps, which makes it feel more like a DIY project than a gardening chore' - Design Sponge 'Short on space? Never fear - a new book shows how you can use cake stands, eggshells and even colanders to create tiny container gardens for your home' - Telegraph Gardening No matter how tiny your space - indoor or outdoor, garden, balcony or even a windowsill or tabletop - here you will find original and inspiring ideas. The projects range from an elegant fern terrarium and a scented spring bulb basket to colourful woven bags and sacks filled with cheerful summer blooms. There are edible gardens, including fruit bushes planted in catering-sized kitchen pans and a vertical garden of herbs grown on a wooden stepladder. You will find ideas for using salvaged containers, such as a metal bathtub filled with vegetable plants, food tins used for an indoor garden of wildflowers and wooden drawers filled with trailing plants. And at the teeniest end of the scale, there are miniature tabletop gardens created in eggshells! Children can learn basic gardening skills too, by following the step-by-step photos to make a magical fairy garden or a mysterious dinosaur terrarium. Whether you are looking for ideas for all-year foliage or for a summer display of flowers, wanting to grow your own veggies and herbs, or needing to revamp your balcony, Teeny Tiny Gardening provides all the inspiration and practical knowledge you need.
With the increasing interest in 'super' berries and their health benefits it is good to know they can be grown organically, and that most are suited to small gardens and pots. They are full of: Vitamins A, C and E; Folic and amino acids; Anti-oxidants; Riboflavin; and, Dietary fibre and Flavonoids.
Plants thrive thanks to back-sparing and thrifty techniques for
propagation, fertilization and transplanting, plus tips on
beneficial fungi and bugs, magical mulches, edible weeds,
water-wise wildflowers and native plants. Design-wise, make a
spectacular entrance with a living gate, or see how easy it is to
create a vertical or rooftop garden, a whimsical water garden or a
stone courtyard. Home-crafted concrete troughs stuffed with
succulents stand strong alongside dry-stack stone walls, and simple
ideas for playhouses, gazebos and backyard benches will keep
readers busy through all seasons. Sow Simple invites all gardeners,
whether they have a large acreage or a tiny urban oasis, to have
fun, experiment and see how wonderful it can be to spend time in
'Gardening is the best medicine for the mind' - the Guardian Gardening, like mindfulness, is a way of finding a sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic world, a simpler existence, even if it is only for a few minutes. Both forge a connection to the world around us, to nature and wildlife, which can bring pleasure and peace. In this beautifully illustrated guide to gardening for mindfulness, horticulturalist and mindfulness practitioner Holly Farrell provides a blueprint for a more contemplative way to garden, including projects, meditations and inspiration. Projects for the mindful gardener, including growing something from seed, planting a tree and creating a mandala, put the theory of mindfulness into practice, while plant lists and design ideas aim to enhance mindfulness in the garden through the senses. Easy to follow and beautifully packaged in a new format, this is the perfect book for keen gardeners, devotees of mindfulness, or simply those looking for calm in a busy and hectic world.
Whether you are looking for a useful place to plan your garden layout or somewhere to record the results and successes of different seed types and plant varieties, Garden Notes will prove to be an invaluable resource. Use the blank pages to sketch your thoughts for planting displays or jot down ideas for improving your plot. The journal includes a seasonal growing diary for planning a year of planting, tending, and harvesting, and contains some useful growing hints and tips, making this journal the perfect companion in the garden.
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