Publisher description for Gardening for dummies / by Michael MacCaskey & the editors of the National Gardening Association ; foreword by Jim Wilson.
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Gardening is one of the most popular, least exclusive hobbies of all. Everybody can garden. Gardening is good for the body; an hour or two of daily yardwork provides just the right kind of light exercise we all need. Responsible gardening also does good things for the environment: materials get recycled, and empty lots become community gardens. Gardening also can boost your mental health; it delights the eye and fuels the soul with a connection to the earth.
Even if you've never repotted a plant, you have the heart of a gardener if you love the taste of garden tomatoes or close your eyes when you sniff a blossom. Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will help novices get off to a solid start and help seasoned gardeners broaden their breadth of knowledge.
This book is for you if you want to
Create a garden for the first time
Know how to mow your lawn the right way
Find out which bugs are eating up your plants
Determine when and how much to water your garden
Attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your yard
Grow your own herbs and vegetables
Find your way around the garden center by knowing which soil amendments to buy, which tools to use, which plants to choose, and how to use pest controls. You can turn that brown thumb into a green one by exploring these other topics:
Creating a landscape design: Know what you have; define areas and flow
Exploring annuals, perennials, bulbs, and vines: Choose healthy plants; water and feed for longevity
Buying and planting roses: Understand classifications, pruning methods, and winterizing
Putting in a new lawn: Buy seed; remove sod; explore mowers and trimmers
Planting seedlings, trees, and shrubs: Transplant from cell packs and larger containers; get bare-root or balled-and-burlapped plants into the ground
Pruning and propagating: Understand the purpose; look at tools, techniques
Dealing with weeds and disease: Identify damage; control spread
Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition, offers a slew of lists, illustrations, and color photographs to guide you as you garden. No matter what size your planting area, from sunny windowsill to patio to yard, you can nurture and grow a glorious garden.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Gardening -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.