1001 Hints and Tips for Your Garden
The object of this book is to provide gardeners - both novices and experts alike - with accessible, authoritative, entertaining information about all ... Show synopsis The object of this book is to provide gardeners - both novices and experts alike - with accessible, authoritative, entertaining information about all aspects of their craft. It is set out alphabetically, covering subjects from Abelias to Zygocactus. In addition to the clear, sound advice under each of the main alphabetical headings, cross-referencing and an index offer access to many related subjects. For those who wish to grow superb vegetables, for example, there is not only the entry on each vegetable but those on vegetable gardens, mulching, compost, organic gardening and other topics to aid them in their task. Similarly, the entry on acacias leads on to birds (attracting wildlife to gardens) and what the law says (about invasive Australian acacias, or wattles). The book's authority is derived from its contributors, whose collective advice and recommendations will enable the reader to choose and grow the finest border plants, the best trees and shrubs for screening the garden, the loveliest trailing plants for window boxes and the brightest selection of flowers, foliage, stems and fruits for year-round colour. In addition, they provide money saving tips, such as ways of turning eggshells into seed pots and propagating plants from cuttings. There are tips about theme gardens, water gardens and children's gardens and on matters as varied as plant photography, what to grow in shade and the best ways to maintain tools. Within the alphabetical framework, too, there are informative features on all kinds of gardening-related topics, from subtropical gardens to wildlife, from roses to herbs. As well as its attractive style and lively illustrations, the book includes panels of background information scattered throughout. Some are concerned with the origins of plants, others with the uses to which they were put in the past. Another group explores the role of plants in folklore and legend. All of which adds a browsing ingredient to the book, making it a companion for an evening as well as an invaluable helper in the garden.