Garden Rules: The Snappy Synopsis for the Modern Gardener

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Cool Springs Press, Mar 10, 2011 - Gardening - 144 pages
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Garden Rules captures the essence of gardening by providing short, snappy, easy-to-remember tidbits of advice that will help homeowners and wannabe gardeners learn the shortcut rules to being successful. It is just enough of the right information to get started in gardening and enjoy the experience along the way.

 

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Contents

Introduction
10
There Are No Rules
14
If You Can Only Do One Thing Keep the Lawn Mowed
15
Be Kind to Our Planet Its the Only One Weve Got
16
A Watched Garden Never Grows
17
Plants Cant Read
18
Plant the Right Plant in the Right Place
20
Make Friends With an Expert
22
A Dwarf Can Still Be a Giant
76
Just Because Its For Sale Doesnt Mean It Should Be
78
Test Soil With Your Bare Bottom
79
When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade
80
White Roots Are Good Roots At Least for Plants
81
Bigger Isnt Always Better
82
Timing Is Everything When Pruning Flowering Shrubs and Trees
83
Only Virgins Should Be Sacrificed to Volcanoes
84

Its a Poor Workman Who Blames His Tools
23
Plant Seedlings Before Seeds
24
Whats Done Can Usually Be Undone
25
Forget About Hardiness if You Plant Only Annuals
26
Baby Transplants Like They Were Babies
28
If the Tag Says CreepingBelieve It
30
Hold a Dress Rehearsal Before Planting
31
Misery Loves Company
32
You Get What You Pay For Most of the Time
33
Perennial Does Not Mean the Same Thing as Living Forever
34
Herbs Are Black Thumb Proof
35
Plants Never Have To Go on Diets
36
An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Gallon of Roundup
38
Read the Label Read the Label Read the Label
39
If You Want Visitors Put Out the Buffet
40
Organic Doesnt Equal Safe
42
Denial of the Environment Is Not Just a River in Egypt
43
The Bigger the Leaf the Harder It Drinks
44
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
46
Never Allow a Vine to Grow Beyond the Reach of Your Ladder
47
You Wont Panic if You Go Organic
48
The Allergists Garden
49
Plant Murder Is Not a Felony
50
Train Your Grass by Watering Less Often But Longer
52
When the Sun Is Done Put Up the Hose
53
Plants Get Stressed Out Too
54
Sometimes It Is Too Wet
56
Fish Gotta Swim Roots Gotta Breathe
57
Plant Like With Like
58
All Sun Is Not Created Equal
59
Compost Happens
60
Get to Know Your Dirt
62
Grass Will Fight Back
64
Theres More to Roses Than Knock Out
65
Get Into Your Plants Business
66
No Glove No LovePractice Safe Gardening
67
Free Mulch Falls From the Sky Every Year
68
You Dont Have to Have a PhD to Understand pH
70
Dont Wait Until All Your Leaves Fall
71
If the Glove Fits Buy It
72
When In Doubt Throw It Out
73
One Year of Weeds Seven Years of Seeds
74
Give Your Plants a Little Breathing Room
75
Soon Ripe Soon Rotten
86
You Cant Grow Grass in a Garage
87
Super Marios Got Nothing on Dirt and Worms
88
You Cant Escape Your Hardscapes
89
Edibles Are the New Kids on the Block
90
The Drip Line Is a Trees Dinner Table
91
Deadheading Isnt Just for Rock Concerts
92
In Design At Least Opposites Do Attract
94
Repeat Repeat Repeatfor Impact
95
More Is More When Youre Talking Plants
96
Feng Shui Your Way to a Gorgeous Garden
97
Begin With the End in Mind
98
Simplicity Is the Key to Garden Art
99
Carrots Do Love Tomatoes
100
The Color Wheel of Fortune
102
Gardens Are Like WomenMore Beautiful With Curves
104
Teed Off Plants Are Happy Plants
105
Plant Iris and Azaleas and Rhododendrons Like Ducks Sitting on the Water
106
How to Get Two Plants for the Price of One
107
Trees Shrubs Are Like Teenagers Annuals Perennials Are Like Children
108
Out of Sight Is Out of Mind
110
No Yard? No Problem
111
The Container Garden Formula
112
Shake and Bake to Reuse Potting Soil
113
Containers Will Bloom Where They Are Planted
114
Grow UpUse the Space You Have
115
Bambi and Thumper Are Only Cute in Disney Movies
116
Your Garden Is Around All Year
118
Me Talk Latin One Day
120
If You Can Throw It You Can Grow It
121
If Your Tree Falls Into Your Neighbors Yard Will There Be a Sound?
122
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Zucchini
123
Herbs Hate Wet FeetTrue or False? Yes
124
Make No Garden Larger Than You Can Weed
126
I Did Beats I Will Every Time
127
You Cant Download Experience
128
Theres No Substitute for a Quality Tool
130
My Garden Rules
131
Glossary
132
You Talk Latin One Day
135
Meet Jayme Jenkins Billie Brownell
142
Plants Cant Read But You Can
144
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About the author (2011)

Jayme Jenkins, a former corporate sales rep, is now a full-time online entrepreneur with a virtual store specializing in modern home and garden décor. Jayme maintains contact by hosting two blogs, two Twitter accounts, two Facebook Fan Pages, and a garden-lifestyle podcast. She knows firsthand the challenges of balancing a professional career and a busy lifestyle. As one who enjoys creating modern, beautiful spaces with different plant combinations, recycled objects, and hardscape materials, and as one who recognizes her responsibility to sustain her garden organically, Jayme sees the need to maintain an online connection between gardening, design, and environmental responsibility to support and encourage this way of living with others.

Online Store: aHa! Modern Living Blogs: aHa! Home & Garden Podcast: Nest In Style Twitter: aHa! Modern Living; Nest In Style Facebook: Jayme Jenkins; aHa! Modern Living; Nest In Style   Billie Brownell spent many years in the corporate world of marketing, advertising, and publishing from Scripps-Howard to PC World magazine to the largest ad agency in the Southeast to Cool Springs Press. She now balances (or, tries to balance) being an editor, writer, aspiring author of children s books, and a gardener with her passion of riding horses. She knows how to cut to the chase in order to fit it all in, although this partly includes arising at 5 a.m. In addition to taking care of her horse Keillor (named for Garrison Keillor), Billie volunteers at a therapeutic riding facility and serves as the self-nominated social cruise director for all who will allow it. You can find Billie on Facebook, Twitter, and via her blog at Cool Springs Press.

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