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With over 100 years of combined gardening experience, renowned California horticulturalists Bruce and Sharon Asakawa bring you the perfect when-to, how-to, and what-to plant guide for gardening in the Golden State. Perhaps you’ve always entertained the idea of cultivating a garden in your California landscape, but have never quite known where to begin. Perhaps you’ve stood helplessly by as your once-beautiful calico flowers withered beneath the persistent western sun. Don’t despair! Fortunately, there’s a specialized gardening guide to the rescue, tailored exclusively to the needs of California residents. In California Gardener’s Handbook, beloved California gardening duo Bruce and Sharon Asakawa walk you through 350 plant species destined to flourish amid the varied climates and environmental challenges of California. With the help of gorgeous photography and foolproof instructions, they’ll teach you how to plant, prune, water, control pests, and care for your personal outdoor oasis. Fifteen plant categories give you hundreds of choices, letting you find the flora that best fit your microclimate. Even better, the Asakawas provide twelve full months of when-to advice for each plant category, allowing you to successfully enjoy this peaceful pastime all year round. Whether you’re craving the sweetness of the dragon fruit or longing for the cheery visual splendor of the blue marguerite daisy, California Gardener’s Handbook will equip you to confidently awaken your inner gardening enthusiast.
The California Gardener’s Resource is filled with need-to-know information from popular gardening experts who include their collective wisdom in one complete guide. In addition to the hundreds of proven plants, this resource has monthly-to do calendars assisting gardeners with the proper care and timing for everything from planting to watering. Water-wise plant selections and advice on gardening with less water addresses the challenges of gardening in California.
The California Gardener’s Resource has more than 300 proven plants in each of 11 plant categories from annuals to tropicals selected for success in each of the gardening zones found in California. Twelve months of when-to advice for each plant category helps keeps California gardens growing. The authors address the challenges of California gardening with water- wise gardening information, and garden-how-tos for planting, pruning, watering and much more. Full-color images for each plant, and helpful illustrations and charts make this an easy-to-use resource for all California gardeners.
In California Gardener’s Handbook, beloved California gardening duo Bruce and Sharon Asakawa teach you how to plant, prune, water, and care for 350 plant species in the California climate.
Your one-stop source for all your questions about gardening in California! Bruce and Sharon Asakawa have combined more than 100 years of gardening expertise into the best resource for the varied climates and environmental challenges of gardening in California. Their plant list provides strength against the forces of nature and the stresses of everyday life. California Gardener’s Handbook features: * Twelve popular plant categories, including annuals and waterwise selections* Chapters on edible gardening including citrus, fruits, nuts, and vegetables* Extensive selection of beautiful tropical and sub-tropical plants* Twelve months of around-the-garden advice for each of the plant categories* Information on sustainable and environmentally sound gardening practices
About the Author
Bruce Asakawa: is a Landscape Architect, an educator and co-host of the "Garden Compass," California's most popular syndicated gardening program. He has taught horticulture for years at the University of California San Diego extension programand has chaired the California Certified Nurseryman's program.
Sharon Asakawa began working in the family garden center business after she and Bruce married. Together they have hosted the "Garden Compass," syndicated radio program (heard weekly throughout California. In July 2009, Sharon began hosting “Garden Life” a syndicated gardening radio program heard in California and in markets throughout the US),
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