Bay Area Gardening: 64 Practical Essays by Master Gardeners

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Barbara J. Euser
Travelers' Tales, 2005 - Gardening - 234 pages
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San Francisco Bay Area gardeners know that the region has its own unique rewards and challenges. The mild weather is ideal for year-round gardening, but chilly fogs, frequent droughts, heavy clay soil, and a host of microclimates can vex even the greenest of thumbs. Written by local master gardeners, this collection of articles addresses the subject of Bay Area gardening in a no-nonsense manner that places an emphasis on environmentally friendly solutions. The book covers important issues ranging from garden design and landscaping to improving soil and managing garden pests with minimal toxic chemicals. Topics include fire safe landscaping; planting under oaks and redwoods; drought tolerant plants; gardening for butterflies and songbirds; as well as individual garden species, including ferns, heucheras, fuchsias, and California native bulbs.
 

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Contents

Perfect Harmony in Your Garden
3
Principles of Design
7
Think FireSafe Landscaping
10
Feng Shui in the Garden
13
Rock Garden Chic
15
Greenhouses
17
Climate and Your Garden
21
Mediterranean Climates and What They Mean to Us
23
Orchids for the Home
119
Consider the Lily
122
Other Plants of Special Interest
125
Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses
127
Beauty and Beast
129
Ground Covers
133
Plants for Clay Soil
135
Cacti and Succulents
138

How Many Climates in your Garden?
26
Made for the Shade
29
DroughtTolerant Ferns
32
Soil Its Composition and Health
35
The Dirt on Soil
37
Why Should I Mulch?
40
Creating CompostGarden Magic
46
HMO for Healthy Soil
50
Diagnosing Common Disorders
54
Seasonal Gardening
57
Plant Some Spring Happiness
59
Summer Pruning Slows Overgrown Fruit Trees
61
November Is Time to Plant
64
Plant California Native Bulbs This Fall
66
Preparing the Garden for Winter
68
Putting YourGarden to Bed
70
To Prune or Not to Prune
73
Specialized Gardening
77
Tea Gardens
79
Container Gardening
82
Herbs in Your Own Backyard
88
Habitat Gardening
91
Habitat Gardening
93
Butterfly Gardens
95
Where Have All the Songbirds Gone?
97
Berries for the Birds
100
Flowering Plants
103
Scented Geraniums Actually Pelargoniums
105
The New Heucheras
108
Hydrangea Hyperbole
110
Legends and Lore
113
NotSoFinicky Fuchsias
116
Landscaping with Ferns
141
Trees and Underplantings
143
Caring for Our Majestic Oaks
145
Planting Under Oaks
148
COMPILED BY DIANE LYNCH FROM MATERIAL
151
The Joy of Japanese Maples
154
Native Plants Under Redwoods
156
Propagation
159
Divide and Conquer Those Perennials
161
Save Seeds for the Tastiest Harvest
164
Go Forth and Propagate
166
Weeds and Invasives
169
Exotic Invaswes and Misplaced Plants
171
A Place for Invasives?
174
Insects Pests and Their Control
177
Honey Bees and Their Kin
179
Little Miss Muffett and Friends
182
Scale Insects in the Garden
185
Spider Mites
188
Snails Slugs and Slime
190
Ant Control Without Chemicals
193
Fungus Control for Roses
196
Less Toxic Products and Reading Pesticide Labels
199
Interactions in the Garden
203
Insectary Plants Feed Good Bugs
205
Good Bugs for Rose Pests
208
Diversity in the Garden
211
Bay Area Gardens to Visit
217
Author Biographies
223
Index
225
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