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    Desert Garden A Practical Guide

    ISBN-10: 9774160215
    ISBN-13: 9789774160219
    Edition: N/A
    Author(s): Irina Springuel
    Description: Despite their dry climates, Egypt's deserts sustain a rich variety of plant life, from towering doum palm trees to the tamarisk shrub and flowering acacias. With this practical guide, noted ecologist Irina Springuel explains the best techniques for  More...
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    Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
    Publication Date: 12/1/2006
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 176
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.792
    Language: English

    Despite their dry climates, Egypt's deserts sustain a rich variety of plant life, from towering doum palm trees to the tamarisk shrub and flowering acacias. With this practical guide, noted ecologist Irina Springuel explains the best techniques for cultivating gardens using species indigenous to Egypt. The Desert Garden outlines Egypt's natural vegetation and describes the habitats where its most popular plants can be found in the wild. She provides guidance on where to obtain the plant material for propagation and cultivation, drawing on her decades of experience in growing local desert plants, and offers advice on the most effective methods of watering plants, from subsurface irrigation to buried clay pots filled with water-an efficient technique that has been used since pharaonic times. Springuel focuses on thirty-eight of the most popular species of desert flora, illustrating each with color photographs and black and white drawings. For each, she provides useful information on its ecology and uses, with historical details about its uses in ancient Egyptian medicine and culture, where available, as well as archaeological plant material. Included here is material for beginners who want a small and simple private garden as well as for anyone planning extensive landscaping around a hotel or historic monument. Presented in straightforward language for the lay reader, while offering accurate scientific detail for professionals and scientists, The Desert Garden is an ideal companion for anyone interested in growing desert plants, both in Egypt and in similar desert environments elsewhere in the world.

    Foreword
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    The Egyptian Deserts and Oases
    The Eastern Desert
    The Western Desert
    Siwa Oasis
    Kharga Oasis
    Dungul Oasis
    The Nile Valley around Aswan
    Ecology of Desert Plants and Adaptation to Aridity
    Types of Desert Gardens
    Small private gardens
    Hotel gardens
    Gardens at historical sites
    Plants in the new desert settlements and alongside roads and streets
    Gardens for Education and Research
    School gardens
    University gardens
    Collection and Propagation of Desert Plants
    Availability of propagules
    Storing seeds
    Pre-sowing treatment of seeds
    Seed germination
    Vegetative propagation
    Containers and soil used
    Protection of seedlings
    Irrigation Techniques
    Drip or trickle irrigation system
    Subsurface irrigation
    Buried clay pot irrigation
    Vertical pipe method of irrigation
    Plant Descriptions
    Trees and shrubs
    Shrubs
    Herbs and grasses
    Afterword
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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