You're now officially out of excuses for not planting the garden of your dreams. Even if you've never sowed a seed nor pulled a weed, Gardening Basics For Dummies contains everything you need to know about flowers, beds, borders, trees, shrubs, and lawns to create your own private paradise. This friendly and informative guide also covers all of the tools and additives available to make gardening easier. You'll discover: * Clear definitions and descriptions of the different types of plants * Tips on choosing the type of garden you want * How to create a garden plan * Easy-to-follow instructions for soil preparation * Advice on planting, growing and caring for annuals and perennials * Step-by-step plans for organic and edible gardens * Plans for butterfly and children's gardens Packed with helpful tips on controlling pests safely, managing weeds, and correcting common gardening problems, Gardening for Dummies turns your brown thumb green in a hurry.
Steven A. Frowine is a noted professional horticulturist and a longtime avid gardener and communicator. The National Gardening Association is the leading garden-based educational nonprofit in the USA. Visit www.garden.org.
Introduction. Part I: Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting. Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Gardening. Chapter 2: Planning Your Own Eden. Chapter 3: Getting into the Zone - Your Garden's Zone. Chapter 4: Live Long and Prosper: Giving Plants What They Need. Chapter 5: Gathering Your Gardening Gear. Part II: Flowers and Foliage: Growing for Color. Chapter 6: Growing Annuals: Adding Yearly Variety to Your Garden. Chapter 7: Growing Perennials: Plants That Make a Comeback. Chapter 8: Brightening Up the Garden with Bulbs. Chapter 9: Coming Up Roses. Part III: Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries: The Permanent Landscape. Chapter 10: Growing a Perfect Lawn. Chapter 11: Reaching New Heights with Trees and Shrubs. Chapter 12: Climbers and Crawlers: Growing Vines and Groundcovers. Part IV: Producing Your Own Produce. Chapter 13: Food, Glorious Food! Growing Your Own Veggies. Chapter 14: Adding Spice to Your Garden: Growing Herbs. Chapter 15: Sweet and Crunchy: Growing Fruits, Berries, and Nuts. Part V: Designing Special and Fun Gardens. Chapter 16: Mini Gardens and Microcosms: Gardening in Containers. Chapter 17: Taking the Plunge: Gardening with Ponds and Fish. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Common Questions from (and Ten Common Answers for) Gardening Beginners. Chapter 19: Ten Quick, Fun, or Handy Garden Projects. Chapter 20: Ten Garden Projects for Children. Appendix: Basic Gardening Resources. Index.