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"God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures."
--Sir Francis Bacon
National surveys show that gardening has become the most popular, least exclusive hobby nationwide. From the balconies of Manhattan to the patios of Malibu to the backyards of Chicago, anybody with a few square feet of earth is doing their best to make their little corner of the world more gracious and beautiful. And the best thing is, you really don't have to be born with a green thumb to give life to a glorious garden. Anybody can do it with a little coaching. Which is where Gardening All-in-One For Dummies comes in.
Puzzled by pruning? Baffled by bulbs? Can't tell a hosta from a hyacinth? Don’t worry! This all-in-one reference delivers the know-how you need to transform your little patch of the outdoors into a blooming paradise. Drawing upon the expertise of the National Gardening Association, it gets you up to speed on:
- Basic gardening skills—from understanding your microclimate to using gardening tools to managing pests and common plant diseases
- How to design, plan and build a garden landscape that reflects your unique sense of style
- Selecting, planting and maintaining stunning roses
- Building a raised bed for your perennials and making them bloom in any climate
- Choose, grow and maintain annuals
- From amaryllis to spider dahlias to wood tulips—coaxing beauty from homely bulbs
- Enjoying nature’s bounty by growing you own vegetables and herbs
A veritable encyclopedia of gardening, this Gardening All-in-One For Dummies is an indispensable resource for novices and experienced gardeners alike. It brings together between the covers of a single volume seven great books covering:
- Gardening Basics
- Garden Design
- Vegetables and Herbs
Your one-step guide to a beautiful garden, Gardening All-in-One For Dummies shows you how to experience the “purest of human pleasures” in your own backyard.
A complete gardener's resource that answers every gardener's questions. Illustrations.
Seven books in one deliver the dirt on gardening success
Your one-stop guide to a beautiful garden no experience required!
Puzzled by pruning? Anguishing over landscaping? Cant tell a hosta from a hyacinth? Dont worry! This all-in-one reference delivers all the know-how you need to transform an ordinary backyard into a glorious garden. Drawing on the expertise of the National Gardening Association, this garden primer shows you how to have fun playing in the dirt and start smelling the roses.
The Dummies Way
- Coverage of the essentials and beyond
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Nifty navigational aids, such as thumbtabs and icons
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- A dash of humor and fun
Drawing on the terrific content of books in the "For Dummies" gardening library, this omnibus volume delivers everything novice gardeners need to know to transform a humdrum backyard into a spectacular garden. Separated into seven book-length modules, this 744-page guide covers all the major gardening topics, from landscaping to lawn care, from flowers to vegetables and herbs.
About the Author
National Gardening Association:
The National Gardening Association is the largest member-based, nonprofit organization of home gardeners in the United States. For more information about the National Gardening Association, write to 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 USA; or visit its Web site at www.garden.org.
Bob Beckstrom, coauthor of Landscaping For Dummies, is a licensed general contractor. He lives in northern California and enjoys building things, spending time outdoors, and sharing what he’s learned with other people. Bob has taught adult courses in house building and remodeling at The Owner Builder Center in Berkeley, California; and has written and edited extensively on home-improvement topics, including Decks & Patios For Dummies.
Karan Davis Cutler, coauthor of Herb Gardening For Dummies, is a former magazine editor and newspaper columnist and the author of seven other garden books. She publishes regularly in horticultural magazines and is an eight-time winner of the Quill & Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association of America.
Kathleen Fisher, coauthor of Herb Gardening For Dummies, is former editor of The American Gardener, published by the American Horticultural Society. A longtime newspaper reporter, she now works as a freelance writer and editor.
Phillip Giroux, coauthor of Landscaping For Dummies, graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture. He established his landscape designing and building firm in 1978, and Philip is responsible for numerous large-scale projects, such as the Los Angles County Museum of Arts Sculpture and Japanese Pavilion Garden. Phillip has served as L.A. Chapter President for the California Landscape Contractors Association and is a member of the Royal Horticulture Society.
Judy Glattstein, author of Flowering Bulbs For Dummies as well several other gardening books, is a garden consultant. She lectures extensively across the United States and abroad, and has twice spoken for the Royal Horticultural Society at their Great Autumn Show in London.
Mike MacCaskey, coauthor of Gardening For Dummies, received a bachelor of science degree in ornamental horticulture from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1976. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Vermontbased National Gardening Magazine, and his magazine writing has been honored by both the Western Magazine Publishers Association and the Garden Writers of America.
Bill Marken, author of Annuals For Dummies, Container Gardening For Dummies, and coauthor of Gardening For Dummies, is the editor of Rebecca’s Garden Magazine, a publication from Hearst Magazines Enterprises based on a popular television show. Bill served as Editor-in-Chief of Sunset, the Magazine of Western Living, from 1981 to 1996. Earlier in his career, he wrote for the magazine’s garden section, pitched in on several editions of the bestselling Western Garden Book, and generally nurtured his interests in subjects related to gardening, landscaping, travel, and other aspects of the good life in the West.
Charlie Nardozzi, author of Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, graduated from the University of Vermont in 1981 with a degree in plant and soil science. Charlie then spent three years in the Peace Corps in Thailand, helping farmers grow everything from rice to garlic, chili peppers, and mangoes. He returned to the United States and received a master’s degree in education, again from the University of Vermont. After working as a landscaper, he served as a horticulturist at the National Gardening Association for more than 10 years.
Sally Roth, contributor to Landscaping For Dummies, is a lifelong naturalist, gardener, and writer. Her writing credits include books and magazine articles for several publishers. When she isn’t digging in her garden or out walking in the woods looking at birds, Sally listens to blues and folk music, reads, and plays a mean game of Scrabble.
Marcia Tatroe, author of Perennials For Dummies, is a garden designer, lecturer, and writer who’s been fortunate to have the opportunity to live and garden in areas as diverse as Highland, California; Tacoma, Washington; Lompoc, California; the Netherlands; and south-central England. Marcia, also a former Master Gardener of several years for Colorado State University’s Cooperative Extension Program, says that tending the garden is one of her greatest passions, and she hopes that it’s contagious.
Lance Walheim, author of Roses For Dummies and Lawn Care For Dummies, and coauthor of Landscaping For Dummies, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in botany. Shortly after, he started writing and researching books on gardening and since has authored or contributed to over 40 titles. He also has served as a writer for Sunset and National Gardening magazines.
Ann Whitman, author of Organic Gardening For Dummies and Trees & Shrubs For Dummies, earned a bachelor of science degree in plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and went on to complete a master of arts in landscape design in Massachusetts. She’s been tending her own patches of soil for more than 25 years.
Table of Contents
Book I: Gardening Basics.
Chapter 1: Getting Your Garden Off the Ground.
Chapter 2: Zoning Out in Your Climate.
Chapter 3: Digging Up the Dirt on Your Soil.
Chapter 4: Balancing Your Garden’s Diet.
Chapter 5: Pruning from Limb to Limb.
Chapter 6: Tooling Around the Garden.
Chapter 7: Avoiding Plague, Famine, and Pestilence in the Garden.
Book II: Garden Design.
Chapter 1: Plotting Your Landscape Design.
Chapter 2: Building Your Landscape.
Chapter 3: Containering Your Excitement.
Chapter 4: Lawn(ging) Around.
Chapter 5: Tree-ting Yourself to Shrubbery.
Book III: Roses.
Chapter 1: Everything’s Coming Up Roses.
Chapter 2: Flowers That Smell Sweet as a Rose.
Chapter 3: A Rose by Any Other Name.
Chapter 4: Rose, Rose, Come to Stay; Plant You in the Garden Today.
Chapter 5: We Beg Your Pardon, We Do Promise You a Rose Garden.
Book IV: Perennials.
Chapter 1: Perennials Nonstop.
Chapter 2; Perennials in Any Kind of Weather.
Chapter 3: Perennials to Buy, Grow, and Plant.
Chapter 4: Perennial Care and Cleaning.
Chapter 5: Perennially Digging — Special Features for Your Flower Bed.
Book V: Annuals.
Chapter 1: Shining the Sunlight on Annuals.
Chapter 2: Pickin’ Out Annuals, Puttin’ ’Em in Your Garden.
Chapter 3: Raising Your Annuals Right.
Chapter 4: Singing the Annual Alphabet Song.
Book VI: Bulbs.
Chapter 1: A Bulb’s Life.
Chapter 2: Take Care, Little Bulb.
Chapter 3: A Bulb for Every Garden.
Chapter 4: A Bulb for All Seasons.
Book VII: Vegetables and Herbs.
Chapter 1: Visualizing Veggie Vineyards.
Chapter 2: Vegetating the Day Away.
Chapter 3: Growing, Growing, Grown!
Chapter 4: Getting Down to the Herb of the Matter.
Chapter 5: Taking Care of Herbness, Every Day.
Chapter 6: Cataloging Herbs.