With the proven tips provided here, readers can outwit pests, have the earliest tomatoes, the most delicious fruits and vegetables, plus the most beautiful flower gardens and lawns--without spending all their time and energy battling garden problems or taking on unnecessary chores. Illustrations.
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This handy volume offers a smorgasbord of garden wisdom gleaned from nursery professionals, garden writers, extension agents and other veteran green thumbs nationwide. Reader-friendly alphabetical organization-"geraniums" segues into "grapes" and on into "green manure"-allows for both speedy reference and the surprising delights of browsing. Experienced gardeners will enjoy comparing notes and trading secrets with fellow experts, while novices can draw on practical advice from their horticultural betters. Abundant time- and money-saving tips on a host of topics range from the amusing (patrol for slugs armed with an ammonia-loaded squirt gun) to the why-didn't-I-think-of-that? variety (hose off freshly picked produce in a laundry basket outside instead of dirtying the kitchen sink). The recurring "Just Say No" feature challenges time-honored gardening traditions (Double digging? Who has time? Add compost and mulch once or twice a year instead). A veritable education between covers, this one won't gather dust on the bookshelf.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Arranged alphabetically, from animal pests to wildflowers, here are hundreds of tips on how to cut down on garden chores. There is a list of 10 annuals that never need replanting, a list of fast-spreading ground cover, and a list of perennials that don't need deadheading. There is also advice on fertilizing, harvesting, landscaping, mulching, propagation, pruning, soil preparation, and container gardening, all of which will save time and money. Shortcuts also includes the three features "Quick Fix Mixes," "Just Say No," and "Proven Plants." There is advice on attracting birds, deterring deer, and repelling insects, handling prickly plants, and selecting the right tools. And maybe the best advice is: have someone help you. George Cohen
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