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A hands-on book to garden by, this update of a popular guide to backyard vegetable gardening in the Southern Coastal Plain by a former garden writer is especially valuable for newcomers to the area who find the concept of all-season gardening confusing. Experienced gardeners also can learn and enjoy. The clear, easy to read style helps even the novice gardener understand how to work with nature to grow vegetables; locate the garden site, choose tools, select varieties and plant or transplant and take it through to harvest. It is a guide to improving both plot and production year after year through organic methods of soil building, composting, and a selection of environmentally friendly but effective pest control substances. .Chapters on selection of vegetable varieties, seed starting, tools to buy, identification of insect friends and enemies, small space and container gardening cover the bases. The Planting Guide targets spacing, amount of seed required, planting dates and varieties. A 12 month gardening calendar lists chores, planting and harvesting tips; numerous NOTES pages throughout encourage keeping adequate, helpful records and make this a useful tool. The chapter on pest identification and control "TAKE A TOAD TO LUNCH" begins, "For those of us who grew up secure in the knowledge that all bugs are bad bugs and toads give you warts, gardening organically takes some major psychological adjustments. Some of the bugs and all of the garden toads turn out to be on your side. "A toad, conveniently, looks like a toad. Identifying beneficial members of the insect world takes more study. It's worth the trouble though, because insects that prey on pest insects are important biological or natural controls that help us grow food without unnecessarily poisoning either ourselves or our environment." Revised edition by Lacy F. Bullard, former Garden Writer for the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper, who wrote the original with the late C. Art Cheek, noted local gardening personality. Illustrations by Sam Westbrook suit the light touch of the chapter headings, and pepper the text with airy vignettes of individual vegetables. They get detailed and seriously clear in those meant for insect identification and demonstration of gardening techniques like building a compost pile, staking and tying plants, supporting climbers, or seed bed preparation.
In order to be a successful gardener you have to know how to prune - whether to improve growth, increase fruiting qualities or to enable the plant to grow in space-restricted areas or cold environments. This practical book provides advice on pruning garden plants, from infancy to maturity.Included is detailed advice on renovating neglected plants, from shrubs and climbers to fruit trees and bushes. There is also a fun element, with instructions for creating topiary in the garden.
Creating and maintaining a beautiful garden that is safe and natural is becoming increasingly popular as we begin to understand the benefits of adopting an organic way of life. The Organic Garden is an indispensable guide to using organic methods to create flourishing ornamental and wildlife gardens. There is also a vital section on kitchen gardening that reflects our growing interest in eating and producing fresh, healthy and chemical-free vegetables, herbs and fruit. Christine and Michael Lavelle give clear advice on creating and caring for a natural garden, showing how to adopt an organic approach to each garden task, whether this is soil preparation, weeding and weed control, watering and feeding, or pruning and propagation. There is also helpful practical information on dealing organically with pests and diseases in both the garden and the greenhouse. The book looks in turn at different aspects of organic gardening, from creating spectacular lawns and decorative beds and borders in the ornamental garden, through attracting a host of beneficial creatures to the wildlife garden, to growing a wealth of crops in the kitchen garden. An easy-to-use directory of vegetables, herbs and fruit provides clear, at-a-glance information on growing a wide range of healthy produce, with advice on sowing, planting, harvesting and storing. With its wealth of inspirational and practical photographs, useful step-by-step information and well-informed text, The Organic Garden Book is a comprehensive guide for both first time and experienced gardeners, whether you wish to start an organic garden from scratch or use organic methods in an existing garden.
Bestselling author Kay Maguire and RHS Young Designer of the Year Tony Woods provide stylish design ideas, growing tips and advice to help readers turn even the tiniest outdoor space into a beautiful and life-affirming oasis. With 30 step-by-step projects, RHS Big Ideas, Small Spaces shows the urban gardener how to transform balconies, walls, windowsills, rooftops and the smallest of yards. Discover the best planting plans for your garden, with ideas for hanging planted screens, mobile gardens, balcony rail planters and potted shelves. Learn the things you need to know to get your garden started, and how to overcome common problems, and ensure your garden, however small, is beautiful all year round.
Val Bourne's garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem - what she calls her `living jigsaw' - really can produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects, and even slugs, your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched. The Living Jigsaw is a masterclass in natural gardening. Val's personal, inspirational and practical approach offers tried-and-tested techniques, with beautifully illustrated, proven results.
Maximise your garden, whatever you grow in it, with some Swedish expertise. Plants need nutrients to grow, flower and bear fruit, nutrients that can be found in offal, the sea, fire, rocks, rubbish and, of course, dung heaps. Tina Raman digs into every aspect of nurturing your soil, from chemistry and biology to history and philosophy, giving you practical advice, generous tips and above all masses of inspiration. She lifts the lid on old and reliable fertilisation methods and opens the doors to new resource-efficient and environmentally-smart cultivation techniques. Good Soil doesn't look like a typical gardening book but it's a book that everyone interested in gardening needs.
The Zen approach to mowing lawns, wacking weeds, harvesting crops, and building modern homesteader abs! Dreading the weekly law mow? Need to whack the weeds in your orchard? Cringing at the drudgery and incessant blare of the mower? Imagine instead long sweeps of an elegant scythe cutting your grass and pesky weeds in blissful, meditative silence. That is the power of the "scythe revolution" sweeping North America. Written by a master of the scythe, professionally trained in Austria, and drawing deeply on research into original German texts, The Scything Handbook brings centuries-old scything techniques into the twent-first century. Detailed illustrations cover scythe assembly, perfecting the stroke, blade selection, honing, peening, and aftercare, as well as background on how scythes are forged. Also covered are the basics of making hay and mulch by hand, and how to grow and harvest gains at the home and homestead scale for self-sufficiency. Scything promotes health, flexibility, mind-body connection, and a meditative contemplation of the natural world while producing beautiful lawns and luscious mulch for the modern gardener and homesteader. This is truly an heirloom tool to master. Join the scythe revolution! Ian Miller followed a career in music with a degree in Agroecology from UC Santa Cruz. During a two year stint on a biodynamic farm in Austria he learned how to scythe and delved into historic scything texts in German. He has worked for Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa and is developing a twemty-acre scythe-based homestead near Decorah, Iowa, where he grows his own grain for bread making and makes hay by hand.
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