Growing Media for Ornamental Plants and Turf
A guide to the production and management of growing media, this book is a useful reference tool for practising horticulturists, nursery people, landscape architects, turfgrass managers and serious gardeners.
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Needs for Good Growth
The Basics 8
Texture and Particle Size
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