Good Gardens with Less Water

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Csiro Publishing, 2008 - Gardening - 166 pages
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It is possible to have a great garden anywhere in Australia, even under the toughest water restrictions. Good Gardens with Less Water will show you how.

A companion to Kevin Handreck's best-selling Gardening Down-Under, this new book is a practical guide to gardening with limited water.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book contains a wealth of information on such key topics as: how to improve soil structure to maximize the retention of water for use by plants; selecting drought-tolerant native and exotic plants; working out how much water to apply to different types of plants; choosing the best lawn grass for your climate; rainwater harvesting and use; and how to avoid problems when greywater is used in the garden.

With specific chapters devoted to watering systems and equipment, mulches, planting techniques and potted plants, this book offers practical solutions for anyone who wishes to garden sustainably.
 

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Contents

Causes of water shortages
1
Plants and water
5
Know your soil
29
Organic matter and soils
39
Your soil is a reservoir
45
Water quality
55
Delivering water to your plants
67
Garden watering systems
85
New gardens and new gardens from old
105
Dealing with too much water
113
Lawns
117
Water for plants in pots
131
Testing potting mixes
147
Appendix1 Sources of extra information
150
Index
153
Copyright

the facts
95

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About the author (2008)

Kevin Handreck is the Managing Director of Netherwood Horticultural Consultants and former CSIRO Soil Scientist.

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