Green Places in Small Spaces: A Practical Guide to Designing and Planting a Small-Space Garden

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So you don't have an expansive yard in the country for your dream garden. Maybe you don't have a yard at all. No matter. Any area is a potential garden. Your balcony, dooryard space, curbside turf, or window box can still be transformed into a welcome, lush space for planting. Author Kerwin Fischer, a veteran of packing plants into every available nook and cranny, offers his strategies for getting every petal of color out of your spot of earth throughout the growing season. With Green Places in Small Spaces, Fischer gets vicarious gardeners into the soil as he explains small-space gardening from the emergence of spring bulbs to fall cleanup. This gardener of wit and discernment offers advice on choosing a garden site, planting in shady or sunny areas, and selecting compact or dwarf plants, and gives tricks for growing several plants in the same area. Along with a dose of easy-to-understand gardening basics, Green Places in Small Spaces includes help on designing traditional and container gardens, finding a garden style that suits you, choosing the tools you really need, and combating urban problems like vandalism. Full-color photographs and drawings bring the planning and planting to life.

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Creator of New York City's Calvary Church garden, located in a thriving, densely populated Manhattan neighborhood, Fischer incorporates his own distinctively joyful attitude toward the gardening experience in a how-to manual for small gardens. Advice includes how to evaluate the site, explanations of design elements, ideas for using and planting containers, tips on soil preparation, and descriptions of tools. Beginning and more experienced gardeners alike will be intrigued by Fischer's planting suggestions, arranged according to season and with native species mentioned along with an interesting range of shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and small trees. High spirits and an encouraging point of view enliven this basic guide. Alice Joyce

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