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.
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.
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.
Packed with fun and useful tips to help you plan your garden! Create the garden of your dreams with the right plants and equipment Want a green thumb? This handy guide gives beginning gardeners tips, plans, and insider know-how for getting started with flower beds, borders, vegetables, trees, shrubs, lawns, and more. Packed with step-by-step advice, illustrations, resources, and suggested plantings, this friendly guide covers all the tools that make gardening today easier than ever before! THE DUMMIES WAY® Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Icons and other navigational aids Online cheat sheet Top ten lists A dash of humor and fun Discover how to: Pick the best plants for your climate Plan and prep your garden Keep your plants healthy Use compost, fertilizer, and safe pesticides Troubleshoot common problems Locate garden supplies Get smart! @www.dummies.com Find listings of all our books Choose from many different subject categories Sign up for eTips at etips.dummies.com