Gardening Shortcuts

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2012 - Gardening - 192 pages
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Millions of people love their gardens but wish they weren't quite so demanding.

Imagine growing simple fruit and vegetables quickly, equipping yourself with a list of the best plants to buy for your garden in every situation, and losing fewer plants to pests and diseases. Gardening Shortcuts can show you how.

Packed with effective techniques, sparkling ideas, and shameless shortcuts for every corner of the garden, Gardening Shortcuts contains all the advice needed to create the garden you want and still have time to sit on the patio with a glass of wine.

 

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Contents

7 Basic tools and handy supplies
7
8 Knowing your soil type ground preparation
8
9 Container planting sowing seeds buying plants
9
12 Spruce up your patio
12
14 Spring planting
14
16 Spring pots
16
18 Summer pots
18
20 Potted shrubs
20
98 DIY sculpture
98
100 Light up a shady corner
100
102 Lawn into meadow
102
104 Shaping a lawn
104
106 Steppingstone path
106
110 Trained fruit
110
112 Blueberry pot
112
114 Container fruit
114

22 Fall pots
22
24 Winter pots
24
26 Lowwater pots
26
28 Patio planting
28
30 Hanging basket care
30
32 Summer basket
32
34 DIY patio canopy
34
36 Providing quick privacy
36
38 Patio cleaning
38
40 Mosaic tile
40
44 Spring makeover
44
46 Late spring border
46
48 Summer makeover
48
50 Summer border
50
52 Instant color lift
52
54 Planting a tree
54
56 Fall border
56
58 Winter border
58
60 Plants for shade
60
62 Plants for poor soil
62
64 Raisedbed gallery
64
66 Assembling a raised bed
66
68 Prairie planting
68
70 English charm
70
72 Annual climber tripod
72
74 Urban chic
74
78 Outdoor lighting
78
80 Shapely topiary
80
82 Instant ivy topiary
82
84 Streamlining shrubs
84
86 Decorating walls and fences
86
88 Inspired planters
88
90 Special occasions
90
92 Pebble beach
92
94 Placing sculpture
94
96 Mini waterlily pond
96
116 Strawberry basket
116
118 Edible climbers
118
120 Growing herbs
120
122 Spicy leaves
122
124 Kitchendoor salad
124
126 Winter salad
126
128 Funky pots
128
130 Sprouting seeds
130
132 Vegetables from seed
132
134 Container crops
134
136 Sack of potatoes
136
138 Homemade compost
138
142 Hedge makeover
142
144 Creative fences
144
146 Cool exposure
146
148 Warm exposure
148
150 Planting climbers
150
152 Brightening walls
152
154 Plant a boundary
154
158 Wildlife habitat
158
160 Mini bog garden
160
162 Planting for bees
162
164 Homegrown bird food
164
166 Winter bird care
166
168 Planting for butterflies
168
170 Wildflower meadow
170
172 Healthy pond
172
176 Automatic irrigation
176
178 Lawn makeover
178
180 Beat the drought border
180
182 Late winter pruning
182
184 Spring pruning
184
186 Summer pruning
186
188 Index
188
192 Acknowledgments and credits
192
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