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Water: A Practical Guide to Using and Conserving Water in the Garden (Smith & Hawken the Hands-On Gardener)

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A commonsense approach to water-conscious gardening

Clearing up one of the most common yet mystifying problems gardeners face O how to deliver the right amount of water to the right plant at the right time- WATER is a fully illustrated guide with an emphasis on conservation, and includes an encyclopedia of over 100 plants that require low-to-moderate water use.

THE LESSONS OF XERISCAPING O The beauty of mulch. The importance of humus. Choosing plants according to their needs, and avoiding lawn envy.

DRAINAGE and SOILS O Know your dirt: clay, silt, sand. The drainage test. Wetting agents and water-holding gels.

SELF-RELIANT PLANTINGS O Encouraging vigorous roots. Spacing plants further apart. Dealing with wind, sun, slopes. And letting a plant go dormant when it wants to.

WISE WAY TO WATER O From watering cans to sprinklers to soaker hoses to a customized system. Recycling water an gray water. A season-by-season guide to efficient watering practices by climate.

Synopsis:

Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, "Water" covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.

Synopsis:

Also in the Hands-On Gardener series: Composting, Seeds and Propagation, Pests, and Pruning.

Synopsis:

In The Hands-On Gardener: Water, Susan McClure, author of Smith and Hawken Seeds and Propagation, clears up one of the most common yet mystifying problems gardeners face--the right way to deliver the right amount of water to the right plant at the right time. Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, Water shows how to have your garden and water, too, and covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems--from the old-fashioned watering can to sophisticated drip and trickle irrigation; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.

About the Author

Susan McClure is the author of Smith and Hawken: Seeds and Propagation. Her other books include The Herb Gardener, The Harvest Gardener, and The Gourmet Gardener.

Table of Contents

WATER in YOUR OWN BACKYARD

-The Water Cycle"3

Water Conservation"4

-Average Annual Rainfall"5

-Variations in the Quality of Rainfall"6

WATER, THE FLUID of LIFE for PLANTS

-Nitrogen and Water"10

-Water Quality"11

WaterIs Role in Plant Life"11

-Water pH and Plant Preferences"13

-Temperature for Temperamental Seeds"16

-A Timetable for Sowing Seeds Indoors"20

-Plants for Direct Sowing Outdoors"22

How Plants Make the Most of Limited Water"23

-Using Leaf Shape to Estimate Water Needs"24

-Measuring Water in the Garden"25

DRAINAGE and SOILS

Underground-Water Flow"28

The Soil Connection, a Powerful Variable"30

-Clues to Soil Moisture"31

-An Easy Drainage Test"33

-Some Salt-Tolerant Plants"34

Soil Moisture Levels"35

-Dry or Killing Dry?"37

Making the Most of the Soil"38

-Trees and Plants Preferring Wet or Dry Soils"41

Composting for Every Lifestyle"44

SELF-RELIENT PLANTINGS

Root Reach"48

Tips for Self-Reliant Plantings"50

-Planting Trees and Shrubs"52

-Reduce Evaporation from Potted Plants"54

Separating Plants According to Water Use"55

Planning a Water Efficient Garden"56

-Roaring 20Is Mulches"60

Mulching to Minimize Moisture Loss"63

-Mulch is Cool"64

-Earth as Mulch"67

-Vegetable Gardening with Plastic Mulch"68

-Common Mulches in a Nutshell"69

-Maximum Mulch Application Depths"70

WISE WAYS to WATER

-Avoiding Wasteful Watering"72

Choosing the Most Efficient Irrigation Systems"73

-Watering Alternatives for Potted Plants"77

-Catch Pests Cold"81

-A Seasonal Guide to Watering and Water Conservation"82

-Planning the Vegetable Garden for Efficient Sprinkler Watering"86

-Installing a Soaker Hose"90

-Comparing Soaker Hoses and Drip Irrigation"91

-Drip Irrigation Studies"95

-Installing Drip Irrigation in a Vegetable Garden"97

Recycling Leftover Household Water and Rain"98

-Harvesting Gray Water"99

WATER-CONSERVING PLANTS

-Making the Most of Spring Rains"103

Encyclopedia of Low-to Moderate-Water-Use Plants"103

-Local Alternatives"104

-Critical Times for Irrigation"108

INDEX"135

Product Details

ISBN:
9780761117780
Subtitle:
How to Use and Conserve Our Most Precious Resource
Author:
Anderson, Jim
Author:
McClure, Susan
Author:
Anderson, Jim
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Landscape gardening
Subject:
Irrigation
Subject:
Xeriscaping
Subject:
Drought-tolerant plants.
Subject:
Xeriscaping x
Edition Description:
1347806
Series:
Smith & Hawken the Hands-On Gardener
Series Volume:
008-99
Publication Date:
20000301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.02 x 6.04 x .5 in .1 lb

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Product details 128 pages Workman Publishing - English 9780761117780 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, "Water" covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.
"Synopsis" by , Also in the Hands-On Gardener series: Composting, Seeds and Propagation, Pests, and Pruning.
"Synopsis" by ,
In The Hands-On Gardener: Water, Susan McClure, author of Smith and Hawken Seeds and Propagation, clears up one of the most common yet mystifying problems gardeners face--the right way to deliver the right amount of water to the right plant at the right time. Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, Water shows how to have your garden and water, too, and covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems--from the old-fashioned watering can to sophisticated drip and trickle irrigation; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.
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