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Seeds and Propagation (Smith & Hawken the Hands-On Gardener)by Susan Mcclure
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A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR POTTING SHED AND GARDEN
From containers and planting mediums to tools and essential techniques, Seeds and Propagation is a fully illustrated, single-subject guide that's basic enough for the novice and a capable reference for the experienced gardener. Including:
Seeds Sowing, seedling care, and transplanting time. Seed saving. Germination enhancement. Plants easily started from seed.
Stem Cuttings and Root Cuttings Herbaceous, softwood, and hardwood. Rooting hormones. Plants suitable for all types of cuttings. Handling different root types.
Division Corms, crowns, rhizomes, and stolons. Life of a bulb. Perennials and their division preferences.
Layering Just bend, nick, and bury. How to air-layer a ficus, tip-layer a raspberry bush, mound-layer a forsythia.
Susan McClure has written extensively on gardening. Her books include The Herb Gardener, The Harvest Gardener, and The Gourmet Garden. She has co-authored books in Rodale Press's Successful Organic Gardening series and writes regularly for The Chicago Sun-Times. Ms. McClure is also an instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Propagating, sowing, dividing-though no longer necessary for our survival, these basic tasks add a special dimension to gardening, instilling the simple pleasure of nurturing new life.
But more than that, propagating is also a way to fill a garden inexpensively with diverse, high-quality plant life. Here in one efficient book is everything a gardener needs to know to harness the magical regenerative power of plants. Starting with the basics of equipment and how to use it, Seeds and Propagation makes it easier to get a jump on spring by starting a range of seeds; successfully dividing a favorite perennial for friends; giving new life to a meadow of daffodils, snowdrops, grape hyacinths, and tulips; and learning the rudiments of becoming your garden's own nurseryman.
"Seeds and Propagation" helps gardeners discover the thrill of nursing plantsto life. Illustrations.
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