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Annuals: A Growing Guide for Easy, Colorful Gardensby Emma Sweeney
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Burpee Basics: Growing Guides for Easy, Colorful Gardens
Down-to-earth handbook for beginning gardeners
"Our new series of concise gardening guidebooks continues Burpee's proud tradition of giving gardeners the essentials they need. These handy little books have a great deal in common with seeds: each one contains all you need to start a wonderful gardening experience.... Even the most experienced gardeners attend to the basic practices that you'll find so skillfully explained in these guides." —George Ball, Jr., President of W. Atlee Burpee, from the Foreword
Get your first garden up and growing with annuals.
Annuals are wonderful plants for the beginner gardener. Burpee Basics: Annuals provides detailed plant portraits — accompanied by full-color photographs — for 75 of the most popular annuals, rating each one for ease in growing and maintenance.
Annuals are wonderful plants for the beginner gardener. Burpee Basics: Annuals provides detailed plant portraits for 75 of the most popular annuals, rating each one on a trowel scale of 1 to 3 trowels for ease in growing and maintenance. The book is jam-packed with practical information and tips on everything from using color in the garden and assembling a tool kit, to organic gardening, solutions to common mistakes, and pest control. Readers can refer to 7 simple watercolor garden designs for guidance in creating beds and borders for shade, cut flowers, and more.
About the Author
EMMA SWEENEY is a garden designer and writer. She is also the author of Burpee Basics: Perennials and the co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gardening. She currently lives and gardens on a 130-year-old farm in Clinton, New York, and has a certificate in horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: GETTING THE BASICS.
Soil Is Everything.
What All Plants Need.
Tools and Supplies for the Gardener and the Garden.
PART TWO: PLANNING THE GARDEN.
Dream a Little.
Using Colors, Shapes, and Textures.
Making the Most of What You Have.
Planning and Mapping the Garden.
Seven Easy Garden Plans.
PART THREE: DIGGING IN.
Preparing the Garden Bed.
Soil Skills: Watering, Feeding, Weeding.
Ordinary Chores: Pinching, Deadheading, Staking.
A Course in Container Gardening.
The Natural Way to Healthy Plants.
PART FOUR: THE BURPEE BASICS' GUIDE TO ANNUALS.
Choosing the Right Annuals.
USDA Hardiness Zone Map.
The Gardener's Calendar.
Average Dates of First and Last Frosts in the United States.
Glossary: The Gardener's Language.
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