Gardening For Dummies

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Wiley, Feb 15, 1999 - Gardening - 432 pages
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Gardening is one of the most popular, least exclusive hobbies of all. Everybody can garden. Gardening is good for the body; an hour or two of daily yardwork provides just the right kind of light exercise we all need. Responsible gardening also does good things for the environment: materials get recycled, and empty lots become community gardens. Gardening also can boost your mental health; it delights the eye and fuels the soul with a connection to the earth.

Even if you've never repotted a plant, you have the heart of a gardener if you love the taste of garden tomatoes or close your eyes when you sniff a blossom. Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will help novices get off to a solid start and help seasoned gardeners broaden their breadth of knowledge.

This book is for you if you want to

  • Create a garden for the first time
  • Know how to mow your lawn the right way
  • Find out which bugs are eating up your plants
  • Determine when and how much to water your garden
  • Attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard
  • Grow your own herbs and vegetables

Find your way around the garden center by knowing which soil amendments to buy, which tools to use, which plants to choose, and how to use pest controls. You can turn that brown thumb into a green one by exploring these other topics:

  • Creating a landscape design: Know what you have; define areas and flow
  • Exploring annuals, perennials, bulbs, and vines: Choose healthy plants; water and feed for longevity
  • Buying and planting roses: Understand classifications, pruning methods, and winterizing
  • Putting in a new lawn: Buy seed; remove sod; explore mowers and trimmers
  • Planting seedlings, trees, and shrubs: Transplant from cell packs and larger containers; get bare-root or balled-and-burlapped plants into the ground
  • Pruning and propagating: Understand the purpose; look at tools, techniques
  • Dealing with weeds and disease: Identify damage; control spread

Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, offers a slew of lists, illustrations, and color photographs to guide you as you garden. No matter what size your planting area, from sunny windowsill to patio to yard, you can nurture and grow a glorious garden.

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User Review  - Barrington Library - Goodreads

Step by step guide of what to plant where , what you need to do to get ready for planting, and how to take care of your plants. Ellen - staff Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

There is a lot of good information here, but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I wanted more of a general overview of how to "run" a garden - how to manage it throughout the seasons and when ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Michael MacCaskey is editor-in-chief of National Gardening magazine. Bill Marken is editor-in-chief of eHow.com. The National Gardening Association is the largest member-based, nonprofit organization of gardeners in the U.S.

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