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The worldwide trend towards smaller houses and spaces and apartment type homes has inspired and demanded a new approach in gardening. This is due predominantly to the freedom of expression in the styling and use of outdoor spaces, the approach to hard landscaping and the use of plant material most suited to the environment, house or garden design and style.
'Garden Wisdom' is an inspiring mix of practical advice, traditional garden lore, and eco-friendly ideas compiled to help you make the most of your garden. This book tells you everything you need to know about the preparation, cultivation, and maintenance of a garden, be it large or small, lawn or terrace, or even just a windowbox, and provides indispensable advice both for fair-weather gardeners and for those who garden at every opportunity, whatever the weather. The book is divided into four broad sections: earth, air, water and plant alchemy. Earth covers everything from newfangled ways of making compost to tips for ageing terracotta, and examines pest control techniques, both ancient and modern. The section on Air deals with topics as varied as plants that thrive in shade, how to create an old-fashioned hot bed greenhouse and how best to store garden produce. Water consists of ways of preserving what is fast becoming our most precious resource and how to use it effectively in the garden. Finally, plant alchemy begins with the art of companion planting - where one species appears to protect another against attack or disease.
A story about dirt--and about sun, water, work, elation, and
defeat. And about the sublime pleasure of having a little piece of
French land all to oneself to till.
Combining the popular subjects of aromatherapy and gardening, Julia Lawless promotes the aromatic garden as a means to health, well-being, and pleasure. This book details the history of the scented garden, starting with the Persian palaces 2,500 years ago, and links this with the present-day appreciation of essential oils and their healing powers. Focusing on some of the most memorable fragrant gardens, past and present, then moving on to a discussion of specific plants and their uses, The Essential Aromatherapy Garden guides you through every stage of creating your own aromatic paradise. Featured gardens, including the author's former Gloucestershire garden and the Chelsea Physic Garden, provide inspiration and examples of the benefits that aromatic gardens afford. Accessible, practical advice helps you to achieve the reality-whether it's a tiny, fragrant border, a hanging basket, or a formal rose garden. With chapters including 'An aromatherapy and Perfumery Border,' 'Herbs for Health and Cooking,' 'Planning an Aromatherapy Garden,' and 'Secrets of the Still Room,' the author offers invaluable advice on all aspects of your garden - ensuing that both the enthusiast and the aspiring gardener are catered for. Plant portraits, covering over 50 of the most essential aromatherapy plants from acasia to violet, guide you through the practicalities of cultivation, gardening, recommended varieties, and range of uses. There are plenty of ideas and tips here to transform your aromatic plants into effective recipe ingredients.
If you're a fan of both knitting and crocheting, then Tunisian
crochet is for you Tunisian crochet is a needlework technique that
borrows elements from both knitting and crocheting and is often
referred to as "Afghan crochet" or "Afghan stitch." A special hook
called an Afghan hook is used for this method of crochet.
Knit slippers for someone, and you'll keep their toes warm. Give the slippers googly eyes, floppy ears, or a prehensile tail, and you will give them and everyone they meet something to giggle about. Do you know someone who could use beyond-cute slippers that resemble their favorite animal, cartoon character, or fantasy figure? "Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit" adds a little fun to indoor footwear. They transport us back to those carefree days of childhood when playing dress-up and make-believe occupied hours of our time. Babies to tweens, teens and even hipsters are all rockin' their crazy-zaney and unique slippers. The twenty knit slippers and socks in this book are designed in sizes to fit baby to adult and can be knit on straight needles or in-the-round Imagine pacing the floor in Yeti feet or gazing over your big yellow duck feet at the nightly news. Designed by author Mary Scott Huff, these slippers are every bit as adorable, and quirky as her fantastical hats
Gardening can be frustratingly shrouded in secrecy. Fickle plants
make seemingly spontaneous decisions to bloom or bust, seeds sprout
magically in the blink of an eye, and deep-rooted mysteries unfold
underground and out of sight. Understanding basic botany is like
unlocking a horticultural code; fortunately learning a little
science can reveal the secrets of the botanical universe and shed
some light on what's really going on in your garden.
For more than a decade, Helen has been fielding letters from anxious readers, and this is a new compilation of the myriad queries she has received and answered over that time. Her weekly 'Thorny Problems' column is light-hearted but essentially practical, and it has earned her a devoted audience who love her no-nonsense approach. She delights in demystifying the gardening process, and has a pragmatic style that appeals to experienced gardeners as well as the uninitiated. With advice on everything from pruning clematis to dealing with unwanted garden visitors, in 'More Thorny Problems' Helen takes you on a journey through the year and helps you negotiate your way through a whole range of gardening dilemmas.
Two self-proclaimed "crotchety old horticulture professors," Ed O'Rourke and Leon Standifer share an immense love of gardening, a vast knowledge of all things horticultural, and a hearty sense of humor. In Gardening in the Humid South, they combine all of these traits to provide a practical and entertaining guide to gardening in the region they know best, the humid subtropics of the lower South.
In chapters with titles like "Bulbs and Things That Act Like Bulbs" and "Weeds: Telling Good Guys from Bad Guys," Ed and Leon offer friendly how-to advice on a broad array of issues, including choosing and preparing a cultivation site, raising fruit, growing in containers, using fertilizer, and preparing for cold weather.
Regardless of your gardening style, Ed and Leon can help. Are you a weekend warrior who enjoys leisurely Saturday mornings in the yard? Ed and Leon will show you ways to improve your garden while cutting back on your total effort. Is your yard large enough to keep you busy all day, every day? Ed and Leon know some short cuts that you probably haven't tried. Are you an apartment gardener with only a window sill and a few old pots to cultivate? Ed and Leon have some tips just for you. Even armchair gardeners will delight in living vicariously through the agricultural antics of these witty and wise old hands.
In Gardening in the Humid South, two old friends share their contagious enthusiasm for their avocation and show that despite the hard work, gardening is, above all, fun.
A publication that contributes to the recording and understanding of a significant aspect of South Africa's cultural heritage. It is a title about human creativity. Not the creativity of the plastic arts, or of music, but rather that of the poet, the wordsmith. The title gives an overview of the history of the Nguni cattle and their economic, social, political and spiritual importance to the Zulu people, both past and present. It examines the vital role played by cattle and cattle-related imagery in the oral tradition of the Zulu people – in Zulu poetry, tales, proverbs and riddles. The colour and pattern of a hide or the shape of a pair of horns, is metaphorically linked to the names of animals, birds, plants and the everyday objects familiar to pastoralists in nature.
Gardening is now the favorite outdoor leisure activity in America. More and more homeowners now realize the health benefits derived from gardening and the increase in their home's property value.
The trend in gardening books is to regional titles, because they provide credible information on the plants that perform well in specific regions. Gardeners want information they can use successfully in their own gardens.
The popular gardening team of Dan Gill and Dr. Joe White offers the "Louisiana Gardener's Guide - Revised Edition," They recommend specific varieties well-suited for Louisiana and provide advice on how to plant, how to grow and how to care for the state's top-performing plants.
Conventional wisdom says to garden from the bottom up, turning over
the soil every spring until your back aches. Ironically, this does
such a good job aerating that gardeners spend the rest of the
season pulling weeds and replacing the suddenly energized (and
easily used up) nutrients. Mother nature, on the other hand,
gardens from the top down-layering undisturbed soil with leaves and
other organic materials. In following this example and synthesizing
the work of other perceptive gardeners, Lee Reich presents a
compelling new system called weedless gardening.
For courses in Greenhouse Management. Based on the author's life-long practical experiences both in the industry and in research, Greenhouse Operation and Management, Seventh Edition, offers students a state-of-the-art guide to the operation of commercial flower and vegetable greenhouses. The text presents coverage in the order in which decision-making concerns occur for a person entering the greenhouse business. Exceptionally comprehensive, yet accessible, it provides detailed, step-by-step instructions in layman's terms for ALL aspects of the business-from the physical facilities, to the day-to-day operations, to business management and marketing.
Soft cover (Flexibound); full colour and laminated
For most people, creating a garden, or caring for and nurturing a garden, is of far greater significance than just gardening itself. Modern-day gardens tend to be more personalised as an expression of individual lifestyle choices. However, with so much information available on the broad subject of gardening and what to plant, it's not surprising that many garden lovers feel intimidated and choose the route of blissful ignorance, while all the time wishing there had been an accessible way of knowing how to do it right the first time.
A comprehensive and sumptuous survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history, and culture The latest installment in the bestselling Explorer Series takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and image-makers have employed floral motifs throughout history. Showcasing the diversity of blooms from all over the world, Flower spans a wide range of styles and media - from art, botanical illustrations, and sculptures to floral arrangements, film stills, and textiles - and follows a visually stunning sequence with works, regardless of period, thoughtfully paired to allow interesting and revealing juxtapositions between them.
Hierdie titel bevat 'n magdom tyd- en kostebesparingsidees om 'n pragtige en funksionele tuin te skep sonder dat dit 'n fortuin kos. Daar is 'n uitgebreide lys waterbesparende plante en waterbesparingswenke, 'n menigte voorstelle vir herwinning, en volledige inligting oor die natuur se eie verdedigingsmeganismes en hoe jy geld kan spaar deur snyblomme in jou tuin te kweek.
Just moved in and don't know what to do with a messy garden or bleak-looking balcony? Want to stake your claim on a little corner of a shared garden? No gardening experience whatsoever? Fix Your Garden is the perfect solution. Packed with tips and tricks to get your green fingers going straight away, this beautifully illustrated little book will help you make the most of your outdoor space, even if you've only got a tiny windowbox. Aimed at the first-time homeowner or renter with little or no gardening know-how, it contains a wealth of information on how to make your garden grow and your balcony bloom, from early analysis of the soil to find out which plants will do best, to fixing that weed-covered wilderness of a backyard you've inherited and starting to grow your own fruit and veg. With tips on garden design and how to conquer common pests and diseases, this is a crash course in getting your outdoor space sorted, and also contains information on houseplants so you can bring a little bit of the outdoors in. Word count: 15,000
For over four decades, John Coykendall's passion has been preserving the farm heritage of a small community in rural southeastern Louisiana. A Tennessee native and longtime master gardener at Blackberry Farm, Coykendall has become a celebrity in a growing movement that places a premium on farm-to-table cuisine with locally sourced, organic, and heirloom foods and flavors. While his work takes him around the world searching for seeds and the cultural knowledge of how to grow them, what inspires him most is his annual pilgrimage to Louisiana. Drawn to the Washington Parish area as a college student, Coykendall forged long-lasting friendships with local farmers and gardeners. Over the decades, he has recorded oral histories, recipes, tall tales, agricultural knowledge, and wisdom from generations past in more than eighty illustrated and handwritten journals. At the same time, he has unearthed and safeguarded rare varieties of food crops once grown in the area, then handed them back to the community. In Preserving Our Roots: My Journey to Save Seeds and Stories, Coykendall shares a wealth of materials collected in his journals, ensuring they are passed on to future generations. organised by season, the book offers a narrative chronicle of Coykendall's visits to Washington Parish since 1973. He highlights staple crops, agricultural practices, and favourite recipes from the families and friends who have hosted him. Accompanied by a rich selection of drawings, journal pages, and photographs, along with over forty recipes, Preserving Our Roots chronicles Coykendall's passion for recording foods and narratives that capture the rhythms of daily life on farms, in kitchens, and across generations.
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