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How to be a gardener
Titchmarsh, Alan.
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Irvington, N.Y. : Hylas, [2003]

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571 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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"Published to accompany the television series titled How to be a gardener."--t.p. verso.

"Creating a garden using touch, taste, smell, sight & hearing." --jacket.

Includes index.

"First published by BBC Worldwide Ltd."--T.p.
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SB450.97 .T58 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Whether you're a novice or an experienced gardener, there are always times when it would be helpful to have a reliable expert at your side. In How to be a Gardener, Alan Titchmarsh draws on his vast knowledge and passion for gardening, and his many years of experience, to give you a comprehensive guide that explores every aspect of your garden and how it works. Alan starts with the basics, covering the absolute essentials that every gardener needs to know. He includes information on how plants work and what they need to flourish-as well as advice on where to begin if you're a first-time gardener. Step-by-step techniques cover everything from sowing seeds and arranging plants in a border, to laying a lawn and pruning. Alan also gives detailed advice on weeds, pests and diseases-with detailed photos to help you spot the problems you are likely to encounter. With his down-to-earth approach and ability to keep things simple, Alan will guide you every step of the way.

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Library Journal Review

Former host of Ground Force on BBC America, Titchmarsh here covers for beginners everything from basic botany to garden design. In Part 1, he introduces botany and general gardening, bed design, maintenance, weed and pest control, and lawn care. In Part 2, he discusses garden designs from formal to family friendly to wildlife, vertical gardening (hedges to vines), patio and deck gardening, designing beds and borders, and specialty gardens (e.g., water, edible, wildlife, and greenhouse). Titchmarsh also suggests plants, with brief descriptions, for each type of garden. While entire books have been written about many of these topics, this is an accessible, all-in-one introductory resource that includes hundreds of color photographs and step-by-step instructions. Though originally published in Britain, the book has been Americanized for U.S. readers. For public and horticultural 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.