Damrosch, Barbara The garden primer

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The garden primer

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9780894803178: The garden primer

The most comprehensive, entertaining, down-to-earth one-volume gardening reference ever, and highly praised:

"Barbara Damrosch delivers the goods."— Chicago Tribune
"Best of the crop."— House Beautiful
"Barbara Damrosch's writing has the snap of a good snowpea and the spice of an old rose."— The Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
"Covers just about everything you could think of and then some." — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"An extraordinarily comprehensive guide." — The San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
"Takes your soaring visions of garden splendor and plants them firmly in the ground."— The Toronto Star

Now the beloved classic is revised front-to-back. The new edition has gone 100% organic, which in Barbara Damrosch's hands also means completely accessible. It reflects the latest research on plants, soils, tools, and techniques. There is updated and expanded information on planning a garden, recommended plants, and best tools. Ecological issues are addressed much more extensively, covering lawn alternatives, the benefits of native species, wildlife-friendly gardens, and how to avoid harmful invasive species. More attention is paid to plants appropriate to the South, Southwest, and West Coast, while cold-climate gardeners are given detailed advice on how to extend the growing season. Simply put, the book is a richer and fuller compendium than ever before, with more text, more illustrations and garden plans, expanded plant lists, and gardener's resources. But Barbara Damrosch's core of practical, creative ideas and friendly style remain—she is still an "old-fashioned dirt gardener" at heart.

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A 688-page volume jam-packed with practical information, advice, tips, and quirky wisdom, both basic enough for the novice and complete enough to help those with more experience improve their gardening habits, The Garden Primer leads all readers down the path to a simpler and more successful garden.

Combining easy "how-to" instruction with quirky wisdom and tried-and-true advice, the author reassuringly guides the reader through the flower garden, the decorative garden, the vegetable patch, and more. Each fully illustrated chapter is a book in itself, from planning your property and stocking the tool shed to growing perennials, annuals, roses, bulbs, vegetables, herbs, fruits, lawns & groundcover, trees, shrubs, vines, and more. Instructions are included for growing and tending approximately 300 plants. Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Quality Paperback Book Club, and the Better Homes & Gardens Family Book Service. 364,000 copies in print. A Regina Ryan Book.

From the Back Cover:

Gardening is very simple, really. You just have to learn to think like a plant.

- Barbara Damrosch

Garden simply, beautifully, and well with The Garden Primer, a comprehensive gardening reference jam-packing with useful information, advice, tips, and quirky wisdom. Barbara Damrosch, an "old-fashioned dirt gardener," spent years refining her natural, common-sense approach to gardening and now guides you through all aspects of planning, planting, and upkeep.

Remarkably Complete

Each chapter is a book in itself.

Planning Your Property: landscape your yard into a series of "outdoor rooms"

What Plants Need: understand the basics and avoid complex rules and toxic chemicals

Garden Gear: what's essential and what's not

How to Buy Plants: a guide through the nursery jungle

Annuals: choose and combine for dependable summer color

Perennials: coordinate a flower garden to bloom each year

Vegetables: harvesting a bounty you'll really use

Herbs: making your herb garden as pretty as it is useful

Fruits: pick the best for your climate

Bulbs: plant them properly, display them imaginatively

Roses: raising roses without fear - they're really not "fussy"

Lawns and Ground Covers: how to have a better lawn, and what to use in places where you don't want grass

Vines: keeping them within bounds

Shrubs: find interesting shrubs and avoid common pruning mistakes

Trees: select new trees to enhance your property and make the most of the old

Wildflowers: what really works at home and what doesn't

Houseplants: keep your indoor garden in good health

With complete instructions for growing and tending approximately 300 plants, plus 365 illustrations, easy-to-read diagrams, and design plans for all types of gardens.

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