Synopses & Reviews
A commonsense approach to water-conscious gardening
Clearing up one of the most common yet mystifying problems gardeners face O how to deliver the right amount of water to the right plant at the right time- WATER is a fully illustrated guide with an emphasis on conservation, and includes an encyclopedia of over 100 plants that require low-to-moderate water use.
THE LESSONS OF XERISCAPING O The beauty of mulch. The importance of humus. Choosing plants according to their needs, and avoiding lawn envy.
DRAINAGE and SOILS O Know your dirt: clay, silt, sand. The drainage test. Wetting agents and water-holding gels.
SELF-RELIANT PLANTINGS O Encouraging vigorous roots. Spacing plants further apart. Dealing with wind, sun, slopes. And letting a plant go dormant when it wants to.
WISE WAY TO WATER O From watering cans to sprinklers to soaker hoses to a customized system. Recycling water an gray water. A season-by-season guide to efficient watering practices by climate.
Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, "Water" covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.
In The Hands-On Gardener: Water, Susan McClure, author of Smith and Hawken Seeds and Propagation, clears up one of the most common yet mystifying problems gardeners face--the right way to deliver the right amount of water to the right plant at the right time. Rooted in the belief that good gardening is water-conscious gardening, Water shows how to have your garden and water, too, and covers when and how much to water; soil types; improving drainage; minimizing stress; the importance of mulch; watering systems--from the old-fashioned watering can to sophisticated drip and trickle irrigation; and ends with an encyclopedia that lists over 100 water-conserving plants.
Also in the Hands-On Gardener series: Composting, Seeds and Propagation, Pests, and Pruning.
About the Author
Susan McClure is the author of Smith and Hawken: Seeds and Propagation. Her other books include The Herb Gardener, The Harvest Gardener, and The Gourmet Gardener.
Table of Contents
WATER in YOUR OWN BACKYARD
-The Water Cycle"3
-Average Annual Rainfall"5
-Variations in the Quality of Rainfall"6
WATER, THE FLUID of LIFE for PLANTS
-Nitrogen and Water"10
WaterIs Role in Plant Life"11
-Water pH and Plant Preferences"13
-Temperature for Temperamental Seeds"16
-A Timetable for Sowing Seeds Indoors"20
-Plants for Direct Sowing Outdoors"22
How Plants Make the Most of Limited Water"23
-Using Leaf Shape to Estimate Water Needs"24
-Measuring Water in the Garden"25
DRAINAGE and SOILS
The Soil Connection, a Powerful Variable"30
-Clues to Soil Moisture"31
-An Easy Drainage Test"33
-Some Salt-Tolerant Plants"34
Soil Moisture Levels"35
-Dry or Killing Dry?"37
Making the Most of the Soil"38
-Trees and Plants Preferring Wet or Dry Soils"41
Composting for Every Lifestyle"44
Tips for Self-Reliant Plantings"50
-Planting Trees and Shrubs"52
-Reduce Evaporation from Potted Plants"54
Separating Plants According to Water Use"55
Planning a Water Efficient Garden"56
-Roaring 20Is Mulches"60
Mulching to Minimize Moisture Loss"63
-Mulch is Cool"64
-Earth as Mulch"67
-Vegetable Gardening with Plastic Mulch"68
-Common Mulches in a Nutshell"69
-Maximum Mulch Application Depths"70
WISE WAYS to WATER
-Avoiding Wasteful Watering"72
Choosing the Most Efficient Irrigation Systems"73
-Watering Alternatives for Potted Plants"77
-Catch Pests Cold"81
-A Seasonal Guide to Watering and Water Conservation"82
-Planning the Vegetable Garden for Efficient Sprinkler Watering"86
-Installing a Soaker Hose"90
-Comparing Soaker Hoses and Drip Irrigation"91
-Drip Irrigation Studies"95
-Installing Drip Irrigation in a Vegetable Garden"97
Recycling Leftover Household Water and Rain"98
-Harvesting Gray Water"99
-Making the Most of Spring Rains"103
Encyclopedia of Low-to Moderate-Water-Use Plants"103
-Critical Times for Irrigation"108