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Gardening basics : a complete guide to designing, planting, and maintaining gardens
Beckett, Kenneth A.
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New York : Sterling Pub., 1999.

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276 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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SB453 .G2778 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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a magnificent garden, this sumptuous and comprehensive handbook bursts with color, stunning designs, and unexpected treasures. Anyone eager to plant a first garden, revive an ailing one, or start over completely, will find this an absolute must-have. Four top experts, and over 1,200 magnificent, specially-commissioned photos, answer every question a beginner might have. * Design the Garden: Create and draw a plan; get basic techniques for surfaces, patios, paths, and steps; add ponds and other water features. * Plants for the Garden: Choose plants; see how to use small trees, shrubs, and climbers; and learn about roses, clematis, perennials; grasses, bulbs, annuals, container plants, and water plants. * Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: Manage crops properly, and find out the special details that go into laying out a vegetable garden. Includes everything from beans, cabbage and tomatoes to melons, strawberries, and peaches--plus culinary herbs. * Care and Maintenance: Find out how to use an array of tools and equipment, and the methods of soil care, feeding and watering, pruning, weed control, and winter care. Helpful "Calendars of Work" make remembering which tasks to do when even easier! If you have a garden or think you might want one, this is an essential a tool as soil or plants. A Main Selection of BOMC's Country Book Club. 276 pages (all in color), 8 5/8 x 11 3/8.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is truly a comprehensive introduction to gardening, with basic information on designing and creating family gardens, patio gardens, large gardens, and low-maintenance gardens. The authors explain such tasks as constructing brick, concrete, and stone surfaces; fences; arches; pergolas; and wooden decks. They give details on creating ground covers, lawns, edgings, exits and entrances, hedges, borders, island beds, and ponds. They also discuss container gardening, hanging baskets, and wall displays. A section on care and maintenance focuses on using basic tools and equipment; types of soil; drainage; mulches; compost; fertilizers; watering; weed, pest, and disease control; propagation; transplanting; and pruning. A section listing plants for the garden--60 pages long--covers trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs, roses, ground covers, bamboos, ferns, and grasses. Each entry gives a description of the plant, often with an accompanying color photograph, and its hardiness, eventual height, and cultivation needs. Another section gives cultivation data on more than 100 vegetables, fruit, and herbs. There are 1,200 splendid color photographs to complement the informative text. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

This book compiles an astonishing amount of information in an easily accessible and well-illustrated manner. Four top British gardener-writers collaborated on this encyclopedic guide to virtually every garden task and problem, from initial design to care and maintenance. They present numerous planting designs for particular situations, and there is an extensive list of plants, both edible and ornamental, with photographs, descriptions, and uses. The more than 1200 specially commissioned photographs are either breathtakingly beautiful and inspirational or informative, as, for instance, when instructions are given for making a lined pond. This is a good complement to Gardening for Beginners (LJ 3/15/99), which is not as comprehensive but which contains excellent information concerning the time required for the tasks and the difficulty of maintaining various garden types. Both books are recommended.Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to use this bookp. 6
First steps in gardeningp. 8
Creating and choosing a stylep. 10
Where garden plants come fromp. 16
Selecting plantsp. 18
Designing the Gardenp. 20
The need for designp. 22
Introducing the third dimensionp. 24
Planning the gardenp. 26
Drawing up the planp. 28
Constructing the gardenp. 30
Family gardensp. 32
Patio gardensp. 34
Low-maintenance gardensp. 36
Large gardensp. 38
Creating surface designsp. 40
Hard surfaces: Bricksp. 42
Concretep. 44
Paving and stepsp. 46
Gravel and decksp. 48
Soft ground cover: Plantsp. 50
Grassed surfacesp. 50
Lawns and edgingsp. 52
Creating vertical structuresp. 54
Boundaries, exits, and entrancesp. 56
Fencesp. 58
Hedgesp. 60
Arches and pergolasp. 62
Water featuresp. 64
Containersp. 66
Structural plantingp. 68
Designing bordersp. 70
Designing island bedsp. 72
Planting designs for small spacesp. 76
Problem areasp. 78
Plants for the Gardenp. 80
Principles of plantingp. 82
Plants for particular situationsp. 84
Trees for the frameworkp. 86
Treesp. 88
Using shrubsp. 92
Large shrubsp. 94
Medium shrubsp. 96
Small shrubsp. 98
Rosesp. 100
Using vines and wall shrubsp. 102
Vines and wall shrubsp. 104
Using perennialsp. 106
Perennial bordersp. 108
Water-loving perennialsp. 110
Plants for sunny corners and containersp. 112
Large perennialsp. 114
Medium perennialsp. 116
Small perennialsp. 118
Bamboos, grasses, and fernsp. 122
Using ground coverp. 124
Ground coverp. 126
Using bulbsp. 128
Bulbsp. 130
Using annuals and biennialsp. 134
Annuals and biennialsp. 136
Vegetables, Fruit, and Herbsp. 140
Introductionp. 142
Growing vegetablesp. 144
Getting the most from your plotp. 146
Planning through the yearp. 148
Pods and beansp. 150
Leaves and flower headsp. 154
Rootsp. 161
Fruiting vegetablesp. 168
Stemsp. 173
Growing fruitp. 176
Pruning soft fruitp. 178
Pruning tree fruitp. 180
Fruitp. 182
The herb gardenp. 194
Culinary herbsp. 196
Medicinal herbsp. 198
Care and Maintenancep. 200
Introductionp. 202
Basic equipmentp. 204
Lawn care, garden safetyp. 206
Knowing your soilp. 208
Drainagep. 210
Improving your soilp. 212
Plant foodsp. 214
Wateringp. 216
Diggingp. 218
Weed controlp. 220
Supporting plantsp. 222
Lawnsp. 224
Increasing plantsp. 226
Growing from seedp. 228
Increasing bulbsp. 231
Growing from cuttingsp. 232
Divisionp. 234
Layeringp. 235
Plant problemsp. 236
Pruningp. 240
Pruning treesp. 242
Pruning shrubsp. 244
Pruning vines and wall shrubsp. 248
Pruning hedgesp. 254
General maintenancep. 258
Edible garden calendarp. 260
Ornamental garden calendarp. 262
Edible crop pests and diseasesp. 264
Plants for particular purposesp. 266
Indexp. 268
Glossaryp. 274
Acknowledgmentsp. 276