Explains how to use a system of layered mulch materials, including newspaper, leaves, and grass clippings, to provide a nutrient-rich base for healthy gardens and robust flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits
Presents an innovative, organic approach to weed-free vegetable and flower gardening that is designed to protect the soil, enhance plant health, reduce the need for watering, and cuts down on labor. Original.
The biggest mistake gardeners make each season is starting out too big and then quickly realizing their large plot requires too much weeding, watering, and backbreaking labor. Vertical gardening guarantees a better outcome from the day the trowel hits the soil--by shrinking the amount of "floor" space needed and focusing on climbing plants that are less prone to insects, diseases, and animal pests. Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening. His grow-up, grow-down system also shows which ground-level plants make good companions underneath and alongside...
Solar Gardening shows how to increase efforts of the sun during the coldest months of the year and how to protect tender plants from the intensity of the scorching sun during the hottest months through the use of solar "mini-greenhouses." The book includes instructions for building a variety of solar appliances plus descriptions of more than 90 different crops, with charts showing when to plant and harvest each. The result is a year-round harvest even from a small garden. In Solar Gardening the Poissons show you how to: Dramatically increase the annual square-foot yield of your garden. Extend the growing and harvest season for nearly every kind of vegetable. Select crops that will thrive in the coldest and hottest months of the year, without artificial heating or cooling systems. Build solar appliances for your own garden. Armed with nothing but this book and a few simple tools, even novice gardeners can quickly learn to extend their growing season and increase their yields, without increasing the size of their garden plot.
Presents a series of questions and answers providing information about Square Foot Gardening, a system based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares which produces big yields with less space and less work.
Vine-ripened tomatoes. Succulent squash. Plump cucumbers. Growing vegetables is a rewarding--and cost-effective--way to eat better for less. However, you might think you lack the space necessary to grow a functioning garden. With this guide, however, you'll learn how to maximize your space and grow delicious vegetables and herbs cheaply and efficiently, whether you have a small backyard or just a windowsill! The book includes expert information on: How to align plants for maximum compatibility and organic pest deterrence Building small-space necessities, including self-watering containers and vertical planters A variety of plans designed to maximize the amount of food generated at several specific price points Productive gardening can and should be a reality for you, regardless of the amount of land you own. This book has everything you need to grow fresh produce in any size space, at any time of year!
35 fun projects that teach children aged 7 and up how to garden. If you're a budding gardener, you can discover how to sow and grow successfully with My First Gardening Book. In Chapter 1, Getting Started, you will learn all the basics, such as how to prepare soil, sow seeds, choose plants and maintain your garden. In Chapter 2, Grow Your Own, put your skills to good use with projects such as the Tasty Herb Pot, Sunflower Alley and Eggshell Gardens. Chapter 3, Garden Decorations, shows you innovative ways to brighten up your garden, including Painted Pots and Ice Mobiles, and in Chapter 4, Garden Crafts you can combine gardening and craft activities, with fun creations such as Lavender Bags and Pretty Seed Packets. All the projects are explained in child-friendly language so that you can garden independently. You will soon enjoy all the rewards of your work as you watch your plants and flowers grow and blossom.
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