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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you're looking to start gardening or to update your current knowledge about gardening, this book is the place to start. Steve Frowine makes the gardening information accessible, practical and fun. Like all the ...for Dummies books, I particularly like the no-nonsense way he describes some fundamental gardening tasks like planting a tree or creating a flower bed. This book covers all the basics such as vegetable and fruit gardening, herb gardening, flower gardening, landscaping with trees and shrubs, growing bulbs, container gardening and even gardening projects with kids. But it's also good for a more experienced gardener. There's a detailed chapter on building and water gardens and raising fish and some quick, handy gardening projects to do.
As a gardening beginner I think this book is great. I haven't yet made it all the way through, but that is what is nice about this book- it is easily laid out so that you can pick and choose what specifically you're looking for whether its grass, trees/shrubs, herbs, or flowers. It isn't all that specific regarding certain types of flowers, but that isn't what this book is meant for - it's just for getting to know your way around the garden. If your trying to get your "green thumb" from the beginning I think this book is perfect.
Easy to read and understand. Covers basic gardening techniques for transplanting, maintenance and much more!
You really have to make these longer.
That will help lots