The Good Gardener

The Good Gardener

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Create your ideal garden with this indispensable guide from the National Trust. The Good Gardener explains traditional skills tried and tested by generations of National Trust gardeners, including expert advice from the head gardeners at world-famous Hidcote, Sissinghurst and Stourhead, and reinterprets them for the modern garden a€“ large and small. Packed with illustrated handy tips, step-by-step guides and beautiful photography, this book is suitable for everyone from novice through to expert. It covers all aspects of gardening, from the basics through to landscaping and design, pruning and propagation and creating a more sustainable garden. Whether you want to start off with a low-maintenance garden, grow your own fruit and vegetables or attract wildlife, The Good Gardener will help you enjoy a beautiful garden all year round. Chapter outline: Garden basics a€“ soil type, aspect, weeding and digging, plant picker guide of what to grow, where and when; Designing your garden a€“ function vs aesthetics, landscaping, low-maintenance gardening, container gardening and a return to lost styles and techniques; Lawn care and alternatives to lawns; Planting; Propagation; Pruning; Garden maintenance; Grow your own a€“ growing fruit, vegtables and herbs, crop rotation, advantages of growing your own; Greener gardening and wildlife gardening a€“ natural alternatives, how to encourage wildlife, how to deter pests without damaging the environment, beehives and composting tips.Some plants naturally reproduce themselves by laying stems on the ground which then produce roots. Anybody who ... Strawberries do it too by sending out runners which root into the ground. If these ... There are many shrubs suitable for doing this, including rhododendrons, Cotinus coggygria, forsythia and winter jasmine.

Title:The Good Gardener
Author:Simon Akeroyd
Publisher:Pavilion Books - 2015-04-16


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