Gardening Basics For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 23, 2011 - Gardening - 432 pages
You’re now officially out of excuses for not planting the garden of your dreams. Even if you’ve never sowed a seed nor pulled a weed, Gardening Basics For Dummies contains everything you need to know about flowers, beds, borders, trees, shrubs, and lawns to create your own private paradise. This friendly and informative guide also covers all of the tools and additives available to make gardening easier. You’ll discover:
  • Clear definitions and descriptions of the different types of plants
  • Tips on choosing the type of garden you want
  • How to create a garden plan
  • Easy-to-follow instructions for soil preparation
  • Advice on planting, growing and caring for annuals and perennials
  • Step-by-step plans for organic and edible gardens
  • Plans for butterfly and children's gardens

Packed with helpful tips on controlling pests safely, managing weeds, and correcting common gardening problems, Gardening for Dummies turns your brown thumb green in a hurry.


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Part I Preparing Yourself And Your Garden for Planting
Part II Flowers and Foliage Growing for Color
Part III Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries The Permanent Landscape
Part IV Producing Your Own Produce
Part V Designing Special and Fun Gardens
Part VI The Part of Tens
Appendix Basic Gardening Resources

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About the author (2011)

Steven A. Frowine is a noted professional horticulturist and a longtime avid gardener and communicator. The National Gardening Association is the leading garden-based educational nonprofit in the USA. Visit

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