Bob Flowerdew's Complete Book of Companion Gardening

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9781856260541: Bob Flowerdew's Complete Book of Companion Gardening

All experienced gardeners practise companion gardening, although some of them may not realize it. The concept is very simple: the conditions in which a plant grows and the plants that grow near it affect its well-being in one way or another. Some plants are useful because they shade smaller ones; some accumulate minerals that benefit others; some attract pests and can be used as "sacrificial" plants alongside a more valuable crop; others just seem to "do better" with certain plants nearby. Based on years of experience and observation, this book is a celebration of colourful and sympathetic planting which aims to encourage gardeners to pay closer attention to the care of their plants. The author also wrote "The Companion Garden".

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Flowerdew emphasizes interesting and useful interactions between different plants, between plants and animals, and between plants and their environment. He writes that plants can be used effectively to improve the environment, microclimate, and soil and to attract and provide shelter and food for other forms of life, which in turn benefit the plants. There's a detailed list of plants that are suitable for certain places in the garden or that thrive together. Flowerdew has practiced his principles of companion planting in his own garden in Norfolk, England; however, his approach is applicable here. Jacqui Hurst's 150 opulent color photographs accompany. George Cohen

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