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The complete garden guide.

Author: Time-Life Books.
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Books, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides ideas on creating decorative herb or vegetable gardens using various plants, walkways, lighting, and structural features, and offers tips on planting and care.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Time-Life Books.
ISBN: 0737006145 9780737006148
OCLC Number: 42296112
Description: 992 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Photo gallery (A garden sampler --
A guide to the gardens) --
I. Garden design. 1. Designing your garden (Planning for outdoor living --
Highlighting a property's strengths and weaknesses --
The principles of design --
Garden styles --
Composing with color --
Finalizing your plan --
Bringing it all together) --
2. Furnishing your landscape (Pathways and pavings --
Entrances and exits --
Places for stopping and viewing --
Enclosing the garden --
Accessories for the garden --
Vertical garden structures --
Rock gardens and water features --
Lighting your garden for utility and beauty) --
3. Designing with plants (Laying down the framework --
Annuals for accent --
The many styles of perennial gardens --
Designing with bulbs --
Designing with roses --
Wildflowers for every garden --
Shade gardening with style) --
4. Successful garden plans (Theme gardens --
Gardens for specific sites --
Gardens that work with Nature --
Gardens for all seasons) --
II. Planting and maintenance. 5. Planting your garden (Readying new ground to receive plants --
Planting annuals --
Planting perennials --
Planting bulbs --
Planting roses) --
6. Maintaining the garden (Mulching and weeding --
Watering and fertilizing --
Staking plants to add support --
Enhancing the bloom --
Pruning roses --
Propagating perennials by division --
Propagating perennials through stem cuttings --
Propagating true bulbs --
Scaling to propagate lilies --
Propagating corms --
Propagating tubers and rhizomes) --
7. Problem-solving garden techniques (Terracing for hard-to-work slopes --
Solving a drainage problem --
Planting under a tree --
Container gardening for small spaces --
Limiting your garden water needs) --
8. Coping with garden pests (Creating a pest-resistant garden --
Identifying insect pests --
Dealing with pests on the spot --
Exploiting natural checks and balances --
Earth-friendly pesticides --
Nuisance mammals) --
9. Preventing plant disease (Identifying diseases --
Preventive medicine for plants --
Controlling diseases) --
10. Growing a healthy lawn (Lawn-care basics and preventive measures --
Identifying and solving lawn problems --
Treating turf grass diseases) --
III. Kitchen gardening. 11. Kitchen gardening the organic way (Siting a successful vegetable garden --
Soil : your garden's foundation --
Siting a successful herb garden --
Planning a vegetable garden --
Planning a herb garden --
Mixing edibles and ornamentals) --
12. Growing vegetables and herbs (Planting your vegetables --
Caring for your vegetables throughout the season --
Planting and caring for your herbs --
Propagating your herbs --
Spotting potential problems --
An ounce of prevention --
Minimizing damage in your garden) --
13. The portable kitchen garden (Vegetable gardening in containers --
Container gardening with herbs --
Potting and caring for herbs --
Topiaries and espaliers) --
14. Reaping the harvest (Gathering and storing vegetables --
Harvesting herbs --
The art of preserving herbs --
Extending the harvest --
Putting the garden to bed) --
Kitchen garden recipes (Appetizers --
Soups --
Salads --
Main dishes --
Side dishes --
Desserts) --
IV. Reference. Answers to common questions (Annuals --
Bulbs --
Perennials --
Roses --
Wildflowers --
Lawn care --
Shade gardening --
Garden design --
Planting and maintenance --
Raised-bed gardening --
Composting and soil conditioning --
Planting and care : vegetables --
Herbal design and landscape use --
Planting and care : herbs --
Culinary treats --
Pests and diseases) --
Troubleshooting guide (Pests --
Diseases) --
Zone and frost maps of the United States --
Guide to common garden weeds --
Plant selection guide (General --
Herbs --
Vegetables) --
Color guide to herbaceous plants --
Encyclopedia of plants (Plants for places with full sun --
Plants for mostly sunny places --
Plants for mostly shady places --
Plants for places with full shade).

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Provides ideas on creating decorative herb or vegetable gardens using various plants, walkways, lighting, and structural features, and offers tips on planting and care.

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