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Foodscape Revolution - Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden (Hardcover): Brie Arthur Foodscape Revolution - Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden (Hardcover)
Brie Arthur
R536 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R99 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is one of those "especially for now" kinds of books. For you, for the whole family, for your community. Foodscaping visionary Brie Arthur looks at under-utilized garden spaces around homes or in the landscaped common spaces of planned communities - and she sees places where food can be grown...lots and lots of it. And not in isolated patches, but inter-planted with non-food ornamental plants for year-round beauty. This is a new way of looking at private and public spaces, where aesthetics and function operate together to benefit individuals and entire communities. In The Foodscape Revolution, Arthur presents her status-quo-shaking plan to reinvent the common landscape - in a way that even HOA's would approve. Call it food gardening "in plain sight," and having it all. In this entertaining and informative book, you'll learn which edible and ornamental pairings work best to increase biodiversity, how to situate beds to best utilize natural water and light resources, and most importantly, how to begin an enriched gardening lifestyle that is beneficial, sustainable and empowering. With full-color photos, design plans, simple projects and bountiful tips, The Foodscape Revolution can be life-changing.

Perfect Lawns - A Practical Guide (Hardcover): Simon Akeroyd Perfect Lawns - A Practical Guide (Hardcover)
Simon Akeroyd 1
R202 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R50 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Learn how to keep your lawn in perfect condition all year round with this handy little guidebook from an experienced National Trust head gardener. It's packed with invaluable advice on all aspects of lawn design, creation and maintenance, whether you want an immaculate striped formal lawn or a more hardwearing surface for your children to play on, or even a romantic chamomile lawn or one strewn with colourful spring flowers. It includes incredibly useful troubleshooting tips for the typical problems your lawn might experience, including invasive weeds, pests and diseases and the effects of the weather. The author discusses which types of mower work best for different lawns, when and how to water and feed, and how to bring a neglected lawn back to life. He even dabbles in artificial turf and how best to use it, and offers creative ideas for decorative elements such as stepping stones, edgings and winding paths. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this practical guide contains everything you need to keep your lawn in tip-top condition, every day of the year.

Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener (Hardcover): Bill Oddie Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener (Hardcover)
Bill Oddie 1
R487 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R291 (60%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a sense this book is a garden-based autobiography of Britain's most famous birdwatcher. The main narrative covers Bill's personal relationship, not only with his present garden, which was described by the Daily Mail as "Probably the most bizarre back garden in Britain", but also with the gardens he has known throughout his life. The first was what he has called "a sink full of mud" in industrial Rochdale in the 1940s. Next came a larger garden on the edge of Birmingham which he used as a bird ringing station, sometimes helped or hindered by his granny, who often trimmed the lawn with a pair of scissors!In Tales of Ludicrous Bird Gardens there are plenty of eccentric stories about garden characters such as the 'feng shui fox', who constantly rearranged the ornaments, 'Limpy', the one-legged single-parent Great Tit, and one memorable nightmarish occasion when over 50 rats came to visit! This book is NOT an instructional guide on 'How to be a ludicrous gardener' although it may well prove inspirational to others to have a go, or to warn them on what to avoid. Bill abhors decking, large concrete patios, and above, all leaf-blowers.As well as neighbours who whinge about the parakeets! What is certain about Tales of Ludicrous Bird Gardens is that Bill's entertaining take on gardening for birds makes compelling reading.

A Wood of One's Own (Paperback): Ruth Pavey A Wood of One's Own (Paperback)
Ruth Pavey; Illustrated by Ruth Pavey 1
R309 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R19 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Delightful... Pavey writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life' Penelope Lively 'Captivating and grounded... If this book was not as much a pleasure to write as it is to read, I'll eat my hat and gardening glove' Observer After years spent living amid the thrum of London, Ruth Pavey yearned to reconnect with the British countryside and she endeavoured to realise her long-held dream of planting a wood. Touring to the West Country in the late 1990s, Pavey found herself in the Somerset Levels. On seeing this expanse of reclaimed land under its wide, soft skies she was struck by its beauty and set-out to plant a wood, tree by tree. She bought four acres, and over the years transformed them into a haven where woodland plants and creatures could flourish an emblem of enduring life in a changeable world. A Wood of One's Own is the story of how she grew to understand and then shape this derelict land into an enduring legacy a verdant landscape rich with wildlife. Interwoven with Pavey's candid descriptions of the practical challenges she faced are forays into the Levels' local history, as well as thoughtful portraits of its inhabitants both past and present. Accompanied throughout by the author's evocative hand-drawn illustrations, A Wood of One's Own is a lyrical, beguiling and inspiring story; a potent reminder of nature's delicate balance, and its comforting and abiding presence.

Gardening For Butterflies - Planning And Planting An Insect-Friendly Garden (Paperback): Steve Woodhall, Lindsay Gray Gardening For Butterflies - Planning And Planting An Insect-Friendly Garden (Paperback)
Steve Woodhall, Lindsay Gray
R230 R99 Discovery Miles 990 Save R131 (57%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

Eco-friendly gardening is fast catching on. Butterflies are visible signs of a healthy garden, and, with their whimsical flight patterns and glorious colours, they are among the most alluring of our aerial visitors. Gardening for butterflies shows how to attract these beautiful insects, giving step-by-step instructions for planning and planting a garden that will cater for the greatest number and diversity of butterflies. Using a Durban garden as a case study, it includes a recommended layout and plant lists for this area, as well as for other regions around the country. The book showcases 95 garden butterflies and moths, showing their full life cycle, including pupa, eggs and caterpillar. Stunning photography and point-form text ensure accurate identification of each stage in the cycle, and an interesting introduction discusses such topics as the extraordinary process of metamorphosis and the curious habits of these mercurial insects. Whether you’re tempted to undertake a full-scale transformation of your garden to attract butterflies, make smaller adjustments to it, or if you simply want to identify those insects already visiting your space, this book will amaze and enchant you.

Wild About Weeds (Hardcover): Jack Wallington Wild About Weeds (Hardcover)
Jack Wallington 1
R590 R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Save R126 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Not all weeds are ugly uncontrollable brutes. Yes, they can be difficult and intimidating, but by learning how to grow weeds in unexpected ways you will become a better gardener with a more interesting garden. This book profiles over 50 weeds and shows you surprising ways to grow them, no matter what your garden type: from borders to boxes, sunny to shady, poor soil to rich, tropical to formal, Japanese-style to prairies. With interviews, tips and advice from celebrated gardeners, learn how to let weeds flourish without taking control. Wild about Weeds is the must-have guide for modern gardeners that explains how to tame and nurture the most challenging of plants.

Garden History: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Gordon Campbell Garden History: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Gordon Campbell
R248 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Gardens take many forms, and have a variety of functions. They can serve as spaces of peace and tranquilty, a way to cultivate wildlife, or as places to develop agricultural resources. Globally, gardens have inspired, comforted, and sustained people from all walks of life, and since the Garden of Eden many iconic gardens have inspired great artists, poets, musicians, and writers. In this Very Short Introduction, Gordon Campbell embraces gardens in all their splendour, from parks, and fruit and vegetable gardens to ornamental gardens, and takes the reader on a globe-trotting historical journey through iconic and cultural signposts of gardens from different regions and traditions. Ranging from the gardens of ancient Persia to modern day allotments, he concludes by looking to the future of the garden in the age of global warming, and the adaptive spirit of human innovation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

No-Waste Organic Gardening - Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden (Paperback): Shawna Coronado No-Waste Organic Gardening - Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve any Garden (Paperback)
Shawna Coronado 1
R426 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes - Keyed to Cities and Regions in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas (Paperback,... Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes - Keyed to Cities and Regions in New Mexico and Adjacent Areas (Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition)
Baker H. Morrow
R889 R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Save R179 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

How to Grow Your Dinner - Without Leaving the House (Paperback): Claire Ratinon How to Grow Your Dinner - Without Leaving the House (Paperback)
Claire Ratinon
R403 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ultimate Gardens & Swimming Pools (English, French, Hardcover): Wim Pauwels Ultimate Gardens & Swimming Pools (English, French, Hardcover)
Wim Pauwels
R2,003 R1,510 Discovery Miles 15 100 Save R493 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ultimate Gardens & Swimming Pools Front cover image Wim Pauwels Not yet printed due - 05/19 9782875500656 Hardback Beta-Plus Publishing Territory: World Size: 340 mm x 270 mm Pages: 192 Illustrations: 200 colour RRP GBP69.95 This book features some of the world's most beautiful private gardens and swimming pools, realised by the best garden and landscape architects working today. Includes private gardens from the UK, France, Belgium, and Hong Kong. Text in English and French.

No Dig Organic Home & Garden - Grow, Cook, Use & Store Your Harvest (Paperback): No Dig Organic Home & Garden - Grow, Cook, Use & Store Your Harvest (Paperback)
R675 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R138 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts, Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden. They describe how to: Make compost, enrich soil, harvest and prepare food and make natural beauty and clean ing products and garden preparations. These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors' combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. Charles' advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently; he is the acknowledged no dig guru and salad expert both in the UK and internationally. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates.She presents truly delicious seasonal recipes, made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparation for the home and garden.

Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting and Preparing (Paperback): Christine Parks Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting and Preparing (Paperback)
Christine Parks
R595 R477 Discovery Miles 4 770 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Consumer interest in tea has grown rapidly in recent years and continues to climb. Worldwide there are 25,000 cups of tea consumed every second - more than billion cups per day! For tea drinkers interested in the freshest flavour, growing the leaves at home is the ideal solution. Lucky for them, tea is not an exotic, hard-to-grow crop - it can be successfully grown anywhere that camellias can be grown. In Grow Your Own Tea, readers will learn how to cultivate, harvest, and process this venerable crop. Parks and Wolcott share details on how to get started; describe cultivation, long-term maintenance, and harvesting; show how to grow tea plants in containers; and describe how to process and store harvested tea leaves. Grow Your Own Tea includes information on how to produce white, green, oolong, and black teas.

Happy Bonsai - Choose It, Shape It, Love It (Hardcover): Michael Tran Happy Bonsai - Choose It, Shape It, Love It (Hardcover)
Michael Tran 1
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Begin your lifelong love affair with the mindful art of bonsai. Do you know your shari from your nebari? Can you tell literati styling from informal upright? Want to know how to create that gnarled and twisted look? Let Happy Bonsai guide you along the path to enlightenment, with care and display profiles for 40 top trees and fully illustrated step-by-steps of more than 20 bonsai techniques and styles. Find your perfect tree and discover how to prune, shape, and tend to its needs to create a beautiful living sculpture. Fall in love with this most meditative of garden crafts.

The Life In Your Garden - Gardening for Biodiversity (Hardcover): Reeser Manley, Marjorie Peronto The Life In Your Garden - Gardening for Biodiversity (Hardcover)
Reeser Manley, Marjorie Peronto
R737 R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Save R37 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Vertical Vegetables - Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space (Paperback): Amy Andrychowicz Vertical Vegetables - Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space (Paperback)
Amy Andrychowicz 1
R496 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R133 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Making Garden Meadows - How to Create a Natural Haven for Wildlife (Paperback): Jenny Steel Making Garden Meadows - How to Create a Natural Haven for Wildlife (Paperback)
Jenny Steel
R277 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R46 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A practical guide to creating a beautiful native wildflower meadow or a colourful area of cornfield annuals, in even the smallest of gardens.

Aquaponic Gardening - A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together (Paperback): Sylvia Bernstein Aquaponic Gardening - A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together (Paperback)
Sylvia Bernstein
R482 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R103 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilising them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of the best of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans. This is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, with an introduction by Charlie Price, head of Aquaponics UK. It focuses on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits and potential of aquaponics, this book goes on to explain: system location considerations and hardware components; the living elements - fish, plants, bacteria, and worms; and, putting it all together - starting and maintaining a healthy system. Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use 90 percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilising, bending, digging, or heavy lifting - in fact, there really is no down side! Anyone interested in taking the next step towards self-sufficiency will be fascinated by this practical, accessible and well-illustrated guide.

Grow Food for Free - The Sustainable, Zero-Cost, Low-Effort Way to a Bountiful Harvest (Paperback): Huw Richards Grow Food for Free - The Sustainable, Zero-Cost, Low-Effort Way to a Bountiful Harvest (Paperback)
Huw Richards
R541 R442 Discovery Miles 4 420 Save R99 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Southeast Native Plant Primer - 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden (Paperback): Larry Mellichamp, Paula Gross The Southeast Native Plant Primer - 225 Plants for an Earth-Friendly Garden (Paperback)
Larry Mellichamp, Paula Gross; Photographs by Will Stuart
R606 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R118 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Houseplant Party - Fun projects & growing tips for epic indoor plants (Hardcover): Lisa Eldred Steinkopf Houseplant Party - Fun projects & growing tips for epic indoor plants (Hardcover)
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf
R433 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R76 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Grow some of the world's most unique and beautiful houseplants with this one-of-a-kind guide. Plus, find DIY projects for using houseplants to kick up your decorating skills! Houseplants make epic house guests-they don't talk back, they're 100% no drama, they're exceptional listeners, and they help beautify your bedroom and calm your senses. Plus, houseplants are fun to nurture and care for. In Houseplant Party, you'll discover dozens of amazing, easy-to-care-for houseplants that are a perfect fit for your desk, windowsill, bedside table, or bathroom vanity. From peace lilies and ponytail palms to fairy washboards, air plants, and Venus fly traps, author and houseplant guru Lisa Eldred Steinkopf has your back with easy-to-follow houseplant advice and insight. But, Houseplant Party isn't just about taking care of plants. It's also about decorating with plants. Get step-by-step plans for making: A creative test tube wall planter A knotted plant hanger using recycled fabric or an old t-shirt A stress-reducing succulent Zen garden for your favorite relaxation spot A bedside aquatic garden with a Japanese moss ball A macrame hanger to display your favorite vining houseplant A wooden trellis to train climbing plants to grow on your wall and ceiling A trio of shadow boxes to display an air plant collection A beautifully trained and pruned bonsai plant Join the Houseplant Party and decorate your world with green!

The Flower Farmer's Year - How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit (Hardcover): Georgie Newbery The Flower Farmer's Year - How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit (Hardcover)
Georgie Newbery
R611 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R113 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Grow your own cut flowers and you can fill your house with the gorgeous colours and heavenly scents of your favourite blooms, knowing that they haven't travelled thousands of miles - and you can make money while you do it! Combining boundless passion with down-to-earth guidance and practical advice, Georgie Newbery draws on her own experiences as an artisan flower farmer and florist as she takes you through: * how to start a cut-flower patch * what to grow * cutting, conditioning and presenting cut flowers * creating a hedgerow Christmas * starting a cut-flower business * where to sell * marketing and social media * a flower farmer's year planner. Whether you want to grow for your own pleasure or start your own business, The Flower Farmer's Year is the perfect guide.

Glasshouse Greenhouse - Haarkon's World Tour of Amazing Botanical Spaces (Hardcover): India Hobson, Magnus Edmondson Glasshouse Greenhouse - Haarkon's World Tour of Amazing Botanical Spaces (Hardcover)
India Hobson, Magnus Edmondson 1
R724 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R257 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Greenhouses fuse together cultures and countries under one glass roof. In their debut book, photographers India Hobson and Magnus Edmondson take you on a worldwide journey through their favourite botanical spaces.

The Haarkon Greenhouse Tour began as a self-initiated adventure in Oxford s botanic garden four years ago. Since then, Magnus and India have visited countless locations in the UK, Europe, America, Asia and beyond in search of dream glasshouses and greenhouses, capturing dramatic palm houses, tropical hothouses and private potting sheds along the way.

Divided into seven thematic chapters History, Specimen, Community, Research, Pleasure, Hobbyist and Architecture the featured spaces in Glasshouse / Greenhouse are depicted via a series of photo-essays that draw out the style, plant collections and character of each space.

Companion Plants and How to Use Them (Paperback): Helen Philbrick, Richard B Gregg Companion Plants and How to Use Them (Paperback)
Helen Philbrick, Richard B Gregg; Introduction by Herbert H. Koepf
R250 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It has long been observed, by farmers, gardeners and botanists alike, that from time to time certain plants seem to affect certain other plants growing their near them -- both favourably and unfavourably. By taking account of these relationships, farmers and gardeners can improve the quality of food and flowers, reduce losses from pests and disease, drought and frost, and enhance both satisfaction and pleasure in their work and financial profit. Years of experimentation by Richard Gregg and subsequently Helen Philbrick and others resulted in this unique reference book. It offers a detailed and comprehensive A-Z of plants and how they affect each other and their surrounding environment, including the soil, insects and birds.

Oklahoma Native Plants - A Guide to Designing Landscapes to Attract Birds and Butterflies (Paperback): Connie Scothorn, Brian... Oklahoma Native Plants - A Guide to Designing Landscapes to Attract Birds and Butterflies (Paperback)
Connie Scothorn, Brian Patric
R456 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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