Ann Lovejoy Gardening from Scratch

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Gardening from Scratch

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Gardening from Scratch "This book attempts to demystify the garden design process by explaining the principles that inform every stage, from fact-gathering to the variety of practical applications which result in a satisfying garden… In writing Gardening from Scratch, I offer you the practical and philosophical tools with which to make your own garden of personal delight. I hope you have as much fun in the process as I do. Indeed, I find garden-making becomes more joyful every time, as each new garden more closely approximates that inner garden hidden in the garden-maker's heart." —Ann Lovejoy, from the Introduction Should you enhance your new backyard with a simple vegetable garden or a trellised arbor, or both? Ann Lovejoy invites you to ruminate over what your garden will be used for, what your aesthetic tastes are, and how to implement them. Whether you're designing a tiny urban garden, a suburban space, or a rural retreat, Gardening from Scratch can show you how. Illustrated with stunning photographs by renowned garden photographer Allan Mandell, and exquisite illustrations of gardens in development by Jean Emmons. Visit us online at www.mgr.com

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Depending on the degree of your gardening lust, the prospect of transforming a barren patch of dirt into a garden will send either thrills or chills down your spine. Excited or frightened, there will be many questions to find answers to and many decisions to make as you plan your garden. With Gardening from Scratch tucked under your arm during trips to nurseries and phone calls to extension services, the chances that you'll get the right answers and make the best decisions are greatly increased.

Ann Lovejoy begins by urging readers to create a detailed map of their land, considering existing plants, incline, "hardscapes," and soil quality. This can prevent disappointing mistakes, such as realizing too late that the spot next to the willow tree is simply too boggy for the poppies you situated there. Then it's time for the planning stage. Allan Mandell's gorgeous color photos give plenty of inspiration, and Lovejoy gets down and dirty with the essentials that are key to any healthy garden: learning about your dirt, making and applying mulch and compost, creating garden beds, and fighting the ever-present war of the weeds (about which Lovejoy says, "One of the best ways to purge a large space like an entire garden bed of wicked weeds is by planting it with a cover crop. Pick something that grows faster than your weeds and the baddies will be crowded out.") The book wraps up with a "Garden Design Ideas" section, with tips and sketches for gardens for an urban condo, a suburban neighborhood, and a rural retreat. Throughout, Lovejoy stresses practicality and functionality, while giving endless ideas for creating a garden that "approximates that inner garden in the garden-maker's heart." --Stefanie Durbin

About the Author:

Ann Lovejoy is a frequent contributor to Horticulture and a range of other gardening publications. She is the author of a number of gardening books, most recently Further Along the Garden Path (Macmillan, 1995), American Mixed Border (Macmillan, 1993), The Garden in Bloom, Fragrance in Bloom, and Cascadia: Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest. She gardens on an old farm on Bainbridge Island near Seattle, Washington. The garden photography of Allan Mandell appears in Garden Design, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Sunset, and other publications. He has photographed gardens in Japan and Europe and is currently involved in a number of book projects featuring some of the finest gardens on the west coast of North America. He is based in Portland, Oregon. Jean Emmons is a nationally known botanical illustrator and master gardener. She lives on Vashon Island, Washington.

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