Gardening for Pleasure: A Practical Guide to the Essential Skills

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Abbeville Press Publishers, 1997 - Gardening - 192 pages
Ursula Buchan's enjoyment of gardening is contagious. Insisting that gardening and plants are meant to be enjoyed, she explains which gardening tasks should be undertaken at different times throughout the year and suggests the best ways to perform them. She provides a primer on such basic techniques as planting, watering, pruning, and propagation. Her experiences creating new gardens and revamping existing ones are instructive, as are her tips on what to look for when selecting and buying plants. As one of the most respected and knowledgeable garden writers, she provides assurance for new gardeners that their efforts will be successful, as well as sound advice for experienced hands.

Originally published a decade ago, by popular demand this book has been completely revised and illustrated throughout. The original edition was highly praised for its "entertaining introduction to the basic tasks and processes, passionately addressed to the potentially passionate but inexperienced gardener". Noted garden writer and authority Elvin McDonald has described the author as "a writer who loves gardening, a gardener who loves writing -- a winning combination for beginners and old hands alike".

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Contents

Introduction
7
The First Steps 11 8 Building the Framework
105
New gardens Existing gardens Choosing plants Trees Shrubs Climbers Hedges
117
Soil Nutrients fertilizers Mulches Compost Classification Pruning
129
Mowing Feeding weeding Edging Restoration Annuals Biennials Perennials
143
Basic gardening techniques Alpines Bulbs
153
Power tools Hand tools Tool maintenance Vegetables Herbs Fruit
175
Sowing seed Taking cuttings Division Layering Pests Diseases Physiological disorders Weeds
185
Index and Zone Map 188 Acknowledgments
192
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About the author (1997)

Ursula Buchan is now the main gardening columnist for London's The Sunday Telegraph.

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