Container Gardening For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 12, 2010 - Gardening - 336 pages
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Learn to:

  • Choose, plant, and care for flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs
  • Grow vegetables and herbs just steps away from your kitchen
  • Cultivate charming gardens in any climate
  • Prevent insects and diseases from invading containers the eco-friendly way

The easy way to get a green thumb in container gardening!

Want to spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with annuals, perennials, vegetables, and succulents? This updated edition of Container Gardening For Dummies gives you clear, concise step-by-step instructions for cultivating delightful gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old watering can. It also includes color photos to inspire your designs.

  • Getting the dirt on container gardening — discover the advantages of growing plants in containers and learn how to maximize your garden conditions to help plants thrive
  • Picking a pot to plant in — take a look around your living space and determine the best location and type of container for your garden
  • Enjoying a summer fling — get the lowdown on the best single-season flowers, vegetables, and bulbs for container growing
  • Putting down roots — find out which perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits, and berries give year-round impact
  • Designing and decorating — take advantage of ideas and inspiration for creating eye-catching container gardening displays

Open the book and find:

  • Things you need to know before planting
  • A quick primer on climate
  • What to look for in a soil mix
  • How to work with perennials and annuals
  • Information you need to help you choose plants
  • Why and when containers need water and fertilizer
  • Guidance on replanting, repotting, and pruning
  • Tips for preventing insect pests and diseases
  • Ways to liven up your space with trees, shrubs, and vines
 

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Contents

Table of Contents
Getting Started with Container Gardening
Considering Climate
Choosing a Pot to Plant
Getting the Dirt on Soil Mixes
Enjoying a Summer Fling with SingleSeason Containers
Top Annuals for Containers
Pondering Permanent Plantings
Indoor Container Gardening
Keeping Your Plants Healthy
Food for Thought Fertilizing Your Plants
Preparing a Balanced Fertilizing Plan
When Bad Things Happen Pests and Diseases
Preventing and Treating Plant Diseases
Designing and Decorating
Cultivating Specialty Plants in Containers

Picking and Potting Perennials
Sprucing Up Your Space with Trees Shrubs and Vines
Nurturing Fruits and Berries
Small size
The Part of Tens
Additional Resources
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Bill Marken is the author of the first edition of Container Gardening For Dummies. Suzanne DeJohn is an editor with the National Gardening Association, the leading garden-based educational nonprofit organization in the United States. NGA's programs and initiatives highlight the opportunities for plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the country.

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