Tailored to meet the needs of the first time bonsai owner, this book is an extensive directory of every major bonsai type. Clear text and step-by-step illustrations ensure that even the most nervous newcomer can approach looking after bonsai with confidence.
With this latest in the distinguished Brooklyn Botanic Garden series, you can minimize maintenance and maximize enjoyment of your garden. An A to Z handbook to saving money, time, and resources offers clever shortcuts for all your indoor and outdoor gardening chores. Try these ideas: Set a small pot inside a larger one to propagate dozens of African violets at once. Use birds as your chief insecticide, with birdbaths along paths, seed sprinkled on plant leaves, and shade tree resting-nesting places. Create free composts, mulches, and fertilizers from your fall leaves, summer grass clippings, kitchen wastes, and spent plants, with a simple sheet method that eliminates expensive tumblers. "A brilliant collection of gardening books"--"The New York Times Book Review."
Small enough to take to the garden center or nursery, this book contains all the gardening information you need to decide which plants to select and how to care for them in your regional garden
Longtime urban gardener Mitchell shows readers how to transform whatever space they have, from a balcony or rooftop to a fire escape or window box, into a profusion of fresh, seasonal produce.
The Container Gardener's Bible" covers every step in the container gardening experience, and includes a comprehensive directory of flowers, shrubs, trees, bulbs, fruits, vegetables, and herbs best suited to container gardens, and eco tips.
This hip, humorous how-to for the blossoming new generation of crafty gals opens up a new way to think about and enjoy gardening, based on the most visited noncommercial gardening site on the Web: www.YouGrowGirl.com. Illustrations & 100 full-color photos throughout. (Gardening/Horticulture)
The ultimate guide to greenhouse planting--the ideal place to propagate seedlings, nurture young plants, experiment with exotic planting, and hide from the rain The greenhouse is one of the most useful tools a gardener can have, and this book provides all the information and advice any gardener needs to set up a greenhouse and get their planting going. The advice offered includes guidance on selecting, installing, and maintaining a greenhouse; recommended vegetables, fruit, herbs, and ornamental plants for growing under cover; practical advice on general care, harvesting, storage, propagation, and pest control; a seasonal management guide; and charming step-by-step illustrations showing essential techniques.
In gardening, there's nothing more frustrating than making the same mistake twice. Essential for gardeners of every skill level, this guided horticultural diary helps track successes and lessons learned. The undated journaling pages will last at least five years, while graph paper offers space to sketch dream plots. Expert gardener Mimi Luebbermann gives seasonal checklists for hot, warm, temperate, and cold climates. Covering everything from vegetable gardening to organic pest control and harvesting herbs, Mimis advice will shepherd gardeners whether they have rolling fields or just a few precious yards. As their gardens grow, so will their journal--and their expertise, of course.
An in-depth look at local, community-based agriculture.
Passalongs are plants that have survived in gardens for decades by being handed from one person to another. In this lively book, the authors describe 117 such plants, giving particulars on hardiness and size and include mail-order sources, tips on plant swaps, and more. 82 color photos.
Grapes are among the most desirable and best-known fruits, prized for their beauty, their succulence and varied flavors, their noble metamorphosis into wine, and their more utilitarian roles as sources of fresh juice and tasty jellies. For most growers, the triumph of harvesting fragrant clusters of dusky-bloomed grapes in rose, blue-black, amber, purple, or light red bunches is its own reward--a test of gardening skill. In "Great Grapes," you'll learn all you need to know to grow superb grapes, including how to: ーChoose the most suitable cultivars for your area ーChoose the right site ーPrepare the soil ーBuild trellises ーPlant and train the vines ーPrune for maximum yield ーPropagate new vines ーControl pests ーHarvest the grapes at the peak of ripeness
Hart provides practical, commonsense advice that helps growers save money without compromising the harvest. Using an accessible tip format, Hart offers time-tested solutions that stretch a dollar, even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants.
The Month-by-Month series provides credible information on maintaining plants throughout the year in a specific region. These books contain monthly advice on what to do in the garden and when to do it, and contain several plant categories ranging from annuals to vines.
Matchmaking in the garden! In this charming guide to companion planting for your vegetable-garden favorites, you'll learn why Broccoli ♥ Rosemary and whether Cucumber + Corn = friends with benefits. (Just watch out for Celery! Leggy and leafy, she is notoriously easygoing and will happily settle down with just about anyone, raising a ruckus in your raised beds.) Complete with 20 pairings, tasty recipes, prep-aration tips, and more, Soil Mates is the perfect partner for your horticultural matchmaker.
Beautifully illustrated with over 130 color photographs, this new, revised edition of the classic text on hydrangeas shows the enormous possibilities offered by the plants, describing 20 new cultivars not in the original edition. The first section provides information on natural history, cultivation, and propagation; the second section describes 100 cultivars, including salient characteristics and even leaf and sepal outlines. The information is highly readable, yet full enough to be used as a guide to identification. It's easy to see why the book is a classic, and no hydrangea enthusiast will want to be without this new, expanded edition.