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The Garden Primerby Barbara Damrosch
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Gardening is very simple, really. You just have to learn to think like a plant.
- Barbara Damrosch
Garden simply, beautifully, and well with The Garden Primer, a comprehensive gardening reference jam-packing with useful information, advice, tips, and quirky wisdom. Barbara Damrosch, an "old-fashioned dirt gardener," spent years refining her natural, common-sense approach to gardening and now guides you through all aspects of planning, planting, and upkeep.
Each chapter is a book in itself.
Planning Your Property: landscape your yard into a series of "outdoor rooms"
What Plants Need: understand the basics and avoid complex rules and toxic chemicals
Garden Gear: what's essential and what's not
How to Buy Plants: a guide through the nursery jungle
Annuals: choose and combine for dependable summer color
Perennials: coordinate a flower garden to bloom each year
Vegetables: harvesting a bounty you'll really use
Herbs: making your herb garden as pretty as it is useful
Fruits: pick the best for your climate
Bulbs: plant them properly, display them imaginatively
Roses: raising roses without fear - they're really not "fussy"
Lawns and Ground Covers: how to have a better lawn, and what to use in places where you don't want grass
Vines: keeping them within bounds
Shrubs: find interesting shrubs and avoid common pruning mistakes
Trees: select new trees to enhance your property and make the most of the old
Wildflowers: what really works at home and what doesn't
Houseplants: keep your indoor garden in good health
With complete instructions for growing and tending approximately 300 plants, plus 365 illustrations, easy-to-read diagrams, and design plans for all types of gardens.
A 688-page volume jam-packed with practical information, advice, tips, and quirky wisdom, both basic enough for the novice and complete enough to help those with more experience improve their gardening habits, The Garden Primerleads all readers down the path to a simpler and more successful garden.
Combining easy "how-to" instruction with quirky wisdom and tried-and-true advice, the author reassuringly guides the reader through the flower garden, the decorative garden, the vegetable patch, and more. Each fully illustrated chapter is a book in itself, from planning your property and stocking the tool shed to growing perennials, annuals, roses, bulbs, vegetables, herbs, fruits, lawns and groundcover, trees, shrubs, vines, and more. Instructions are included for growing and tending approximately 300 plants. Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Quality Paperback Book Club, and the Better Homes and Gardens Family Book Service. 364,000 copies in print. A Regina Ryan Book.
About the Author
Barbara Damrosch is a professional land designer and the author of The Garden Primer and Theme Gardens. She lives and gardens in Maine with her husband, the organic gardening authority Eliot Coleman.
Table of Contents
Planning Your Property
What Plants Need
How to Buy Plants
Lawns and Ground Covers
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