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Digging deeper : understanding how your garden works
Williams, Paul H., 1938-
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London : Conran Octopus, 2003.

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160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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SB453 .W539 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The numerous garden makeover programmes on television have inspired many people to take a greater interest in their gardens. This book takes them a step further and encourages them to look beyond the hard landscaping of decking, paving and concrete and gain an intimate knowledge of the live elements in the garden.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

British garden expert Williams believes that a true understanding of what's going on in the garden and within plants themselves can lead to better-and more enjoyable-gardening. In this beautiful book, boasting full-color photos on every page, the author explains why things happen the way they do in flower patches, so the reader will be better equipped to deal with all aspects of cultivating flora. The volume begins with information on plant basics, and goes through everything from how plants reproduce to how to determine what kind of soil you have-because "we are often told that this plant thrives best on a sandy loam or that plant won't tolerate limy clay, but how do you know what soil you have in the garden?" Though this volume is more of a botany class than a practical, plant-specific how-to guide, occasional humor (chapter titles include "Let's Get Physical" and "Floral Sex") saves it from being too textbook-like. For anyone who dreams of cultivating a green thumb, it could be a worthwhile addition to a gardening library. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Author, garden designer, and consultant Williams has created a beautifully illustrated book that competently explains the mysteries of botany to the lay reader. With clear explanations and very readable, easy-to-understand language, he explores plant structure, roots, stems, adaptations to changing seasons, the importance of color and fragrance, how plants respond to pests and diseases, reproduction, soils, and the logic behind scientific names. Stunning, close-up color photographs enhance the text. This basic overview will help gardeners understand the mechanics of plant growth and how gardens work. Unfortunately, the reviewer's copy was marred by repeated text, with pages 90 and 103 containing the exact text as pages 80-81, so that information on aphids and weed killers was missing. For a much more comprehensive, detailed work for gardeners seriously interested in botany, purchase Brian Capon's Botany for Gardeners, which includes drawings, photographs, and explanations of roots, stems, etc., on a cellular level, as well as information on evolution, plant adaptations, reproduction, and growth and development. Both books are recommended for botanical and public libraries.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.