Gardening Among Friends: 65 Practical Essays by Master Gardeners

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Barbara J. Euser
Travelers' Tales, Dec 31, 2005 - Gardening - 228 pages
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Imagine sitting down with a group of friends who are also expert gardeners. That’s the effect of this useful, accessible book, which features professionals sharing their knowledge of a wide range of topics including design and maintenance, tips on flowers, foliage, and garden produce, how to establish habitat gardens or low-water/low-maintenance ones, and controlling weeds and other pests. Here is authoritative advice on specific choices from alstroemerias to orchids, along with seasonal suggestions and ideas. The book's conversational tone gives inspiration and insider knowledge to enthusiasts at all skill levels.
 

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Contents

Creating the Habitat Garden
3
Invite Birds to Visit
6
Blooms to Attract Hummingbirds
9
A Bee or Not a Bee?
12
Native Bees as Pollinators
15
Butterflies in the Habitat Garden
18
Birds Welcome Habitat Gone to Seed
21
Luring California Quail into Your Habitat
24
Olives
110
You Too Can Grow Citrus
114
Fruit of the Gods
117
Jujube Dates
120
Garden Maintenance
123
So What Is Organic Gardening?
125
Whats the Best Mulch for Your Garden?
129
Worm Composting in Small Spaces
132

Low Water Low Maintenance
27
LowMaintenance Gardening
29
LuAnns Garden
32
LowMaintenance Love Affair with Roses
34
Plan WaterWise Garden Before Drought
38
Xeriscape Fundamentals
41
Ornamental Grasses Set Garden Mood
44
Favorite Flowers and Foliage
47
Rosemary Means Remembrance
49
Ceanothus Blue
52
ForgetMeNot
55
The Elfin Gardens of Mosses Liverworts and Lichens
57
Superlative Salvias
60
Awesome Alstroemerias
63
Orchids of the Cactus World
65
Bamboo
68
LongLasting Lavender
71
One Inside One Outside
74
Japanese Maples in Your Garden
76
Garden Produce
79
The Less Strenuous Food Garden
81
Tomatoes
85
The Fast Food Garden
88
Pumpkins
91
Cool Season Vegetables
93
Enjoying Herbs Year Round
95
Growing Garlic aka The Stinking Rose
98
Savoring the Harvest
101
Safe and Tasty Flowers
104
Asparagus
107
Sheet Composting
135
Weed Identification and Control
138
Keep Pests at Bay Dont Poison Earth
143
Uninvited Guests
146
Foiling Deer Gracefully
149
Rats and Mice
152
Pruning Shrubs and Vines
156
Cycle of Seasons
159
Putting the Garden to Bed
161
Fall Checklist for Christmas Blooms
163
Clean Your House in the Spring Clean Your Garden in the Fall
166
The Leaves Are Falling
169
Winter Spraying with Dormant Oil
172
Embracing Winter as a Gardener
175
Care of Gift Plants
177
Spring Soil Strategy
179
Tiptoe through More than Tulips Next Spring
182
Garden Design
185
The Evolution of a Family Garden
187
Not Just for Kids Anymore
190
Designing a Garden For Children
193
Gardening with a Japanese Touch
196
Enhancing Wealth through Water Structures
199
Delightful or Devious in the Garden
201
Gardens Can Keep Memories Alive
204
Demystifying Botanical Names
207
Author Biographies
212
Index
219
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