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Gardening basics for dummies

Author: Steven A Frowine; National Gardening Association (U.S.)
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Publishing, ©2007.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Gardening basics for dummies contains everything you need to know about flowers, beds, borders, trees, shrubs, and lawns to create your own private paradise. This informative guide also covers all of the tools and additives available to make gardening easier.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven A Frowine; National Gardening Association (U.S.)
ISBN: 9780470037492 0470037490
OCLC Number: 83813166
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 412 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), 1 color map ; 24 cm.
Contents: What You're Not to Read --
Part I. Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting --
Part II. Flowers and Foliage: Growing for Color --
Part III. Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries: The Permanent Landscape --
Part IV. Producing Your Own Produce --
Part V. Designing Special and Fun Gardens --
Part VI. Part of Tens --
Part I. Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting --
Chapter 1. Getting Ready for Gardening --
Playing the Name Game --
"Hello, my name is...": Getting used to plant nomenclature --
Anatomy 101: Naming plant parts --
Bringing in Beauty with Flowers (and Foliage) --
Amazing annuals --
Perennial plants --
Bulbs and roses --
Gardening for Your Dining Pleasure --
Working with Woody (or Viney) Plants --
Shrubs --
Trees --
Vines --
World Is Flat: Caring for Your Lawn --
Chapter 2. Planning Your Own Eden --
Taking Stock: Evaluating What You Already Have --
Identifying problems and restrictions --
Taking advantage of your yard's assets --
Getting Ideas for Your Garden Space --
Gardening with the kids in mind --
Establishing a good garden for pets --
Creating space for entertainment --
Designing a sanctuary: The quiet garden retreat --
Cooking up an edible garden: Gardening for your kitchen --
Zeroing In on Your Ideal Garden Style --
Gardening around a theme --
inspired idea: Perusing books, magazines, and local gardens --
Making Sure Costs Don't Outgrow Your Budget --
Bringing Your Garden Ideas to Reality --
Sketching out the yard you have now --
Making your drawing match your dream garden --
Defining key areas so you know where to start --
Getting Professional Help for Your Garden Plans --
Landscape architects, landscape designers, and garden designers --
Landscape or general contractors --
Master gardeners --
Chapter 3. Getting into the Zone --
Your Garden's Zone --
Different Hardiness Zone Maps for Different Folks --
Taking a look at the world's plant hardiness zone maps --
Warming up to the heat-zone map --
Savoring the Sunset zones --
Reading plant hardiness zone maps --
Fathoming Frost Zones and Growing Seasons --
Zoning Out: Breaking the Zone and Growing Season Rules --
Managing your microclimates --
Cheating the system: Creating microclimates --
Stretching your growing season --
Chapter 4. Live Long and Prosper: Giving Plants What They Need --
Let There Be Light! --
Facing the Fertilizer Facts --
What to feed: The great natural versus chemical debate --
When to feed your garden --
Compost: More than Just a Fertilizer --
Demystifying Soil pH --
Finding out your soil's pH --
Adjusting your soil's pH --
Much Ado about Mulch --
Knowing your mulches --
How to apply mulch --
and how much --
Water, Water Everywhere: Tackling Watering Issues --
Providing plants with the right amount of moisture --
Determining which watering system to use --
Cutting back on watering --
Dealing with drainage problems --
Air! Air! Plants Need Air! --
Chapter 5. Gathering Your Gardening Gear --
Digging Those, Er, Digging Tools --
Getting down with shovels and spades --
Trowels: More than just little shovels --
Garden forks: Not for dining! --
Dabbling in dibbles (or dibbers) for poking holes --
Clues to Quality Cultivating Tools --
Ho, ho, hoes --
Weeding out poor weeders to get to the best --
Making the Right Cut with Cutting Tools --
Getting a handle on hand pruners --
Hedging your bets on hedge shears --
Branching out with loppers --
Moving up to pruning saws --
Putting Power Tools to Use --
Safety first: Controlling your power tools (so they don't control you) --
Chewing through chores with chainsaws --
Working with weed trimmers and weed whackers --
Tilling soil with rototillers --
Wading through Wondrous Watering Tools --
Hoses --
Nozzles --
Hose-end sprinklers --
Water timers --
Part II. Flowers and Foliage: Growing for Color --
Chapter 6. Growing Annuals: Adding Yearly Variety to Your Garden --
Finding Flowers that Fit Your Garden --
Some like it hot: Warm weather annuals --
Some annuals like it cool --
Mixing and Matching Annuals --
Good habits: Taking advantage of shape, height, and structure --
Combining colors --
Buying Annuals --
Starting with seed packets --
Starting with nursery, well, starts --
Annual Event: The Whens, Wheres, and Hows of Planting --
Filling in the garden after the last frost --
Deciding where to plant annuals --
Getting annuals in the ground --
Feeding the Flower Power: Taking Care of Annuals --
Watering --
Fertilizing --
Mulching --
Grooming --
Dealing with annual pests --
Chapter 7. Growing Perennials: Plants That Make a Comeback --
Looking at Perennials, the Repeat Performers --
Hardy perennials --
Tender perennials --
Planing Long-Term Strategy for Your Perennial Garden --
Choreography: Timing perennial blooming --
living palette: Keeping colors in mind --
Designing perennial beds and borders --
Finding and Buying Perennials --
To the market: Getting perennials in containers --
Buying perennials through mail-order --
Acquiring free divisions from other gardeners --
Planting Perennials --
Figuring out where to plant perennials --
Deciding when to plant perennials --
Preparing for the actual planting --
Show the Love: Taking Care of Your Perennials --
Supporting with stakes or rings --
Practicing good grooming habits --
Dividing perennials --
Preparing perennials for winter --
Dealing with perennial pests and diseases --
Chapter 8. Brightening Up the Garden with Bulbs --
Shedding Light on Bulbs --
Defining terms: Bulbs aren't always, well, bulbs --
time of the season: Looking at early and late bloomers --
Getting acquainted with the most popular bulbs --
Social Mixers: Choosing to Combine Your Bulbs --
Combining various types of tulips --
Mixing up your daffodils --
Combining different kinds of bulbs --
Search: Where to Get Your Bulbs --
Buying bulbs from home stores and nurseries --
Purchasing bulbs through mail-order --
Getting Down and Dirty: Planting Bulbs --
When to plant bulbs --
Where to plant bulbs --
How to plant bulbs --
Taking Care of Bulbs --
Watering your bulbs --
Fertilizing bulbs --
Mulching --
Fighting bulb pests --
Chapter 9. Coming Up Roses --
What Makes a Rose Be a Rose Be a Rose --
Checking out blooming habits --
Looking at hardiness --
Identifying the various rose types --
Deciding Where to Put Your Roses --
Planning your beds and borders --
Using roses as groundcovers --
Screening with roses --
Using roses as vines --
Buying the Best Roses --
Getting a potted rose --
Purchasing a bareroot rose --
Planting Your Roses --
Putting containerized roses in the ground --
Planting bareroot roses --
Taking Care of Your Roses --
Watering --
Fertilizing --
Keeping roses in shape --
Maximizing winter hardiness --
War of the roses: Tackling rose pests --
Part III. Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries: The Permanent Landscape --
Chapter 10. Growing a Perfect Lawn --
In the Beginning: Getting Ready to Make a Lawn from Scratch --
Preparing your yard for a lawn --
Designing the lawn --
Seeding and Sodding: Adding the Grass --
Determining the kind of grass you want or need --
Cool-season and warm-season grasses --
Growing lawns from seed --
Your own turf: Growing lawns from sod --
Watering a Thirsty Lawn --
Getting the water balance right --
Boosting watering efficiency --
Feeding and Fertilizing --
What's your type? Deciding on the kind of fertilizer --
Knowing your serving sizes: How much fertilizer is enough --
Checking out the feeding schedule --
Mowing the Lawn, Cutting the Grass, and Otherwise Giving the Yard a Shave --
Warring with Weeds --
Preventing lawn weeds --
Treating already-weedy lawns --
Chapter 11. Reaching New Heights with Trees and Shrubs --
Knowing Your Trees --
Exploring evergreen trees --
Falling for deciduous trees Choosing the Right Tree for Where You Live --
Getting Treed! Planting Trees --
Not just for Arbor Day: Deciding when to plant your tree --
Finding a suitable location --
Planting your tree --
Taking Care of Your Tree --
Giving trees a tall drink of water --
Fertilizing trees --
Life and limb: Pruning judiciously --
Raising the stakes: Offering some support --
Knowing Your Shrubs --
Nonflowering shrubs --
Flowering shrubs --
Planning Practical Uses for Bushes --
Planting Shrubs --
Deciding when to plant your shrubs --
Situating your shrubs --
Perfecting your shrub-planting skills --
Caring for Your Shrubs --
Watering --
Fertilizing your shrubs --
Pruning for shape and rejuvenation --
Chapter 12. Climbers and Crawlers: Growing Vines and Groundcovers --
Looking at How Vines Hold On --
Twining --
Tendrils --
Adhesive discs --
Holdfasts --
Sprawling --
Choosing the Right Vines for Your Garden --
Considering your basic options --
Love me tender? Deciding whether you need cold-hardy vines --
Sizing up your vines --
Examining site considerations for vines --
Planting and Supporting Vines --
Giving vines a little backup: Trellises, fences, and arbors --
Using trees and shrubs as living supports --
Maintaining Perennial Vines through Pruning --
Looking at Groundcovers, a Living Carpet --
Examining groundcover varieties --
Reaching out: How the groundcover spreads --
Spacing out: Considering the room the groundcover takes up --
Exploring site considerations for groundcovers --
Planting and Maintaining Groundcovers --
Watering --
Fertilizing --
Mulching --
Keeping groundcovers in shape: Pruning and pegging --
Getting weeds out (and keeping them out) --
Part IV. Producing Your Own Produce --
Chapter 13. Food, Glorious Food! Growing Your Own Veggies --
Varieties of Veggies --
Growing vegetables by seasons --
Defining hybrids --
Appreciating heirlooms --
Designing for Dining and Getting Your Vegetable Garden Ready --
Sketching out your plan --
Working with the sun: Where to plant vegetables --
Using planting patterns and systems --
Prepping your soil --
Finding Your Vegetables --
Planting Your Vegetables --
Deciding when to plant your veggies --
Sowing and planting your veggies --
Composting for Vegetable Gardens --
Fertilizing Your Vegetable Garden --
Using Frames and Supports for Veggies --
Dealing with Vegetable Pests --
Rodents, rabbits, and other miscreants --
Deer --
Birds --
Bugs --
Chapter 14. Adding Spice to Your Garden: Growing Herbs --
Planting Herbs: A Lesson in Adaptation --
Getting the timing right --
Helping herbs find their place in the world --
Putting herbs in their place: How to plant --
Raising herbs from seed --
Taking Care of Your Herbs --
Providing an herb's basic needs --
Dealing with herb pests --
Chapter 15. Sweet and Crunchy: Growing Fruits, Berries, and Nuts --
Fruit Basics: Knowing and Choosing the Right Fruits for Your Garden --
Examining the types of fruits --
Getting the lowdown on chill factors --
Studying your size accommodations --
Going solo or in pairs: Looking at pollination --
Finding and Buying Your Fruit Bearers --
Planting Your Fruit --
Making the prepared soil deep and wide enough --
Choosing the best time to plant fruits --
Deciding where to plant your fruits --
Getting your fruit in the ground --
Taking Care of Fruits --
Watering --
Fertilizing --
Cutting back on mulch --
Supporting and training your fruit --
Pruning --
Dealing with fruit pests --
Part V. Designing Special and Fun Gardens --
Chapter 16. Mini Gardens and Microcosms: Gardening in Containers --
Exploring Different Kinds of Containers --
Examining standard container materials --
Thinking outside the pot: Alternative choices and offbeat containers --
Inside Track: Getting the Container Soil Right --
Purchasing a soil mix --
Whipping up your own soil mix --
Picking the Best Plants for Your Containers --
Up close and personal displays --
Tucked in attention-grabbers --
Containers of mixed company --
Arranging Containers for a Container Garden --
Taking Care of Your Container Plants --
Gauging your container garden's water needs --
Fertilizing your container plants --
Chapter 17. Taking the Plunge: Gardening with Ponds and Fish --
Planning Your Water Garden --
Looking at location --
On the level: Deciding between aboveground and in-ground gardens --
Choosing the best lining --
Picking Out Your Water Garden Parts and Supplies --
Pumps --
Bubblers and fountains --
Filters --
Installing and Filling Your Pond --
Choosing Plants for Water Gardens --
Waterlilies --
Lotus --
So-called marginal plants --
Floaters and submerged plants --
Adding Fish to Your Water Garden --
Maintaining Your Water Garden --
Taking care of the plants --
Winterizing your plants and fish --
sea of green: Controlling algae in troubled waters --
Part VI. Part of Tens --
Chapter 12. Ten Common Questions from (and Ten Common Answers for) Gardening Beginners --
What's the Difference between an Annual and a Perennial? --
What's Organic Matter? --
Why Does Everything I Plant in My Flower Bed Die? --
How Do I Prepare the Ground for a Brand-New Bed? --
Do I Have to Spray Chemicals on My Rosebushes? --
Do Any Vegetables Grow in the Shade? --
It's Hot and Dry Here and I Don't Want Cacti. What Are My Options? --
What Can I Plant on a Steep Bank to Prevent Erosion? --
How Do I Remove the Weeds from the Lawn without Pulling Them One by One? --
Is There Anything Deer Don't Eat? --
Chapter 19. Ten Quick, Fun, or Handy Garden Projects --
Set Up a Hammock --
Put Up a Rubber Tire Swing --
Install Stepping Stones --
Set Up a Trellis --
Plant a Teepee --
Create Whimsical Garden Art from Castoffs --
Decorate the Front Steps with Potted Plants --
Make Some Plant Labels --
Make a Simple Compost Bin for Your Own Organic Matter --
Combat Garden Pests with Homemade Pepper Spray --
Chapter 20. Ten Garden Projects for Children --
Create a Dinosaur Garden --
Grow a Sunflower Fort --
Make Sunprints --
Plant Mini-Pumpkins --
Write with Seeds --
Trap a Zucchini --
Make a Home-Grown Salad --
Grow Paperwhites --
Set Up a Birdbath --
Attract Butterflies to the Garden --
Appendix. Basic Gardening Resources.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: by Steven A. Frowine with the editors of the National Gardening Association.
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