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Contents Introduction 6 Why HRH The Prince of Wales gardens organically and how this has been managed over the past 26 years Prologue 11 First steps to organic gardening The Highgrove Gardens 12 A birds-eye view 1 -The Essential Elements -Soil is primeval, and a living organism we must treasure it. At Highgrove, I have always practised the art of feeding the soil rather than the plant. The soil 16 The raw material 16 Soil types 19 Feeding the soil 26 Water 32 Ponds and pools 37 2 -The Productive Gardens -I have striven for many years to explain to the visitor about the food they eat the way it is grown, its processing and the end product. The centre of this activity has always been the Walled Garden. The Walled Garden 40 Glasshouse crops 43 Permanent planting 45 Seasonal planting 48 Maintenance 54 Satellite gardens 60 The orchards 66 3 -The Ornamental Gardens -For me, the garden is an expression of what I hold dear whether of harmony or humour and it is in the ornamental garden that this element can be exploited. The structure of the gardens 74 Hedges, trees and topiary 74 Climbers 83 Lawns 85 The gardens 86 Features of the gardens 96 Ornamentation 100 Maintenance 108 4 The Informal Gardens -I have learnt that our natural heritage is a fragile thing and we should handle it with great care. The Wildflower Meadow 112 The Woodland Garden and Arboretum 120 The Southern Hemisphere Garden 128 The Azalea Walk 130 5 -Beginning an Organic Garden -Since 2001 and the loss of my beloved grandmother, some new aspects of gardening have presented themselves at Clarence House and Birkhall. Clarence House 134 Birkhall 142 6 The Blueprint -What has taken hundreds, if not thousands, of years to develop through a gentle combination of Man and Nature can be destroyed by modern machinery in a morning. Notes and information on organic gardening 158 Highgrove Calendar 168 Acknowledgments 172 Index 173
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Organic gardening -- Great Britain.
Clarence House (London, England).