Gardening Basics for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0470037490
ISBN-13: 9780470037492
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

An all-in-one primer for creating a garden for the first time The number-one hobby in the nation, gardening is enjoyed by over 75 percent of Americans. Gardening Basics For Dummies, Third Edition has been fully revised to focus on helping the beginner gardener get off to a solid start. This friendly, hands-on guide is packed with expert guidance on everything from flower beds and borders to trees, shrubs, and lawns. Would-be gardeners will discover how to landscape property, control pests safely, manage weeds, correct common gardening problems, and attract birds, bees, and butterflies to their gardens. Helpful step-by-step plans show how to create and cultivate organic and edible gardens, specific regional gardens, and butterfly and children's gardens. Plus, valuable tips on new tools and additives make gardening even easier. The National Gardening Association is a widely recognized authority on the consumer lawn and garden market. It is the largest member-based, nonprofit organization of home gardeners in the United States.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting
Flowers and Foliage: Growing for Color
Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries: The Permanent Landscape
Producing Your Own Produce
Designing Special and Fun Gardens
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting
Getting Ready for Gardening
Playing the Name Game
"Hello, my name is...": Getting used to plant nomenclature
Anatomy 101: Naming plant parts
Bringing in Beauty with Flowers (and Foliage)
Amazing annuals
Perennial plants
Bulbs and roses
Gardening for Your Dining Pleasure
Working with Woody (or Viney) Plants
Shrubs
Trees
Vines
The World Is Flat: Caring for Your Lawn
Planning Your Own Eden
Taking Stock: Evaluating What You Already Have
Identifying problems and restrictions
Taking advantage of your yard's assets
Getting Ideas for Your Garden Space
Gardening with the kids in mind
Establishing a good garden for pets
Creating space for entertainment
Designing a sanctuary: The quiet garden retreat
Cooking up an edible garden: Gardening for your kitchen
Zeroing In on Your Ideal Garden Style
Gardening around a theme
An inspired idea: Perusing books, magazines, and local gardens
Making Sure Costs Don't Outgrow Your Budget
Bringing Your Garden Ideas to Reality
Sketching out the yard you have now
Making your drawing match your dream garden
Defining key areas so you know where to start
Getting Professional Help for Your Garden Plans
Landscape architects, landscape designers, and garden designers
Landscape or general contractors
Master gardeners
Getting into the Zone - Your Garden's Zone
Different Hardiness Zone Maps for Different Folks
Taking a look at the world's plant hardiness zone maps
Warming up to the heat-zone map
Savoring the Sunset zones
Reading plant hardiness zone maps
Fathoming Frost Zones and Growing Seasons
Zoning Out: Breaking the Zone and Growing Season Rules
Managing your microclimates
Cheating the system: Creating microclimates
Stretching your growing season
Live Long and Prosper: Giving Plants What They Need
Let There Be Light!
Facing the Fertilizer Facts
What to feed: The great natural versus chemical debate
When to feed your garden
Compost: More than Just a Fertilizer
Demystifying Soil pH
Finding out your soil's pH
Adjusting your soil's pH
Much Ado about Mulch
Knowing your mulches
How to apply mulch - and how much
Water, Water Everywhere: Tackling Watering Issues
Providing plants with the right amount of moisture
Determining which watering system to use
Cutting back on watering
Dealing with drainage problems
Air! Air! Plants Need Air!
Gathering Your Gardening Gear
Digging Those, Er, Digging Tools
Getting down with shovels and spades
Trowels: More than just little shovels
Garden forks: Not for dining!
Dabbling in dibbles (or dibbers) for poking holes
Clues to Quality Cultivating Tools
Ho, ho, hoes
Weeding out poor weeders to get to the best
Making the Right Cut with Cutting Tools
Getting a handle on hand pruners
Hedging your bets on hedge shears
Branching out with loppers
Moving up to pruning saws
Putting Power Tools to Use
Safety first: Controlling your power tools (so they don't control you)
Chewing through chores with chainsaws
Working with weed trimmers and weed whackers
Tilling soil with rototillers
Wading through Wondrous Watering Tools
Hoses
Nozzles
Hose-end sprinklers
Water timers
Flowers and Foliage: Growing for Color
Growing Annuals: Adding Yearly Variety to Your Garden
Finding Flowers that Fit Your Garden
Some like it hot: Warm weather annuals
Some annuals like it cool
Mixing and Matching Annuals
Good habits: Taking advantage of shape, height, and structure
Combining colors
Buying Annuals
Starting with seed packets
Starting with nursery, well, starts
An Annual Event: The Whens, Wheres, and Hows of Planting
Filling in the garden after the last frost
Deciding where to plant annuals
Getting annuals in the ground
Feeding the Flower Power: Taking Care of Annuals
Watering
Fertilizing
Mulching
Grooming
Dealing with annual pests
Growing Perennials: Plants That Make a Comeback
Looking at Perennials, the Repeat Performers
Hardy perennials
Tender perennials
Planing Long-Term Strategy for Your Perennial Garden
Choreography: Timing perennial blooming
The living palette: Keeping colors in mind
Designing perennial beds and borders
Finding and Buying Perennials
To the market: Getting perennials in containers
Buying perennials through mail-order
Acquiring free divisions from other gardeners
Planting Perennials
Figuring out where to plant perennials
Deciding when to plant perennials
Preparing for the actual planting
Show the Love: Taking Care of Your Perennials
Supporting with stakes or rings
Practicing good grooming habits
Dividing perennials
Preparing perennials for winter
Dealing with perennial pests and diseases
Brightening Up the Garden with Bulbs
Shedding Light on Bulbs
Defining terms: Bulbs aren't always, well, bulbs
The time of the season: Looking at early and late bloomers
Getting acquainted with the most popular bulbs
Social Mixers: Choosing to Combine Your Bulbs
Combining various types of tulips
Mixing up your daffodils
Combining different kinds of bulbs
The Search: Where to Get Your Bulbs
Buying bulbs from home stores and nurseries
Purchasing bulbs through mail-order
Getting Down and Dirty: Planting Bulbs
When to plant bulbs
Where to plant bulbs
How to plant bulbs
Taking Care of Bulbs
Watering your bulbs
Fertilizing bulbs
Mulching
Fighting bulb pests
Coming Up Roses
What Makes a Rose Be a Rose Be a Rose
Checking out blooming habits
Looking at hardiness
Identifying the various rose types
Deciding Where to Put Your Roses
Planning your beds and borders
Using roses as groundcovers
Screening with roses
Using roses as vines
Buying the Best Roses
Getting a potted rose
Purchasing a bareroot rose
Planting Your Roses
Putting containerized roses in the ground
Planting bareroot roses
Taking Care of Your Roses
Watering
Fertilizing
Keeping roses in shape
Maximizing winter hardiness
War of the roses: Tackling rose pests
Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries: The Permanent Landscape
Growing a Perfect Lawn
In the Beginning: Getting Ready to Make a Lawn from Scratch
Preparing your yard for a lawn
Designing the lawn
Seeding and Sodding: Adding the Grass
Determining the kind of grass you want or need
Cool-season and warm-season grasses
Growing lawns from seed
Your own turf: Growing lawns from sod
Watering a Thirsty Lawn
Getting the water balance right
Boosting watering efficiency
Feeding and Fertilizing
What's your type? Deciding on the kind of fertilizer
Knowing your serving sizes: How much fertilizer is enough
Checking out the feeding schedule
Mowing the Lawn, Cutting the Grass, and Otherwise Giving the Yard a Shave
Warring with Weeds
Preventing lawn weeds
Treating already-weedy lawns
Reaching New Heights with Trees and Shrubs
Knowing Your Trees
Exploring evergreen trees
Falling for deciduous trees
Choosing the Right Tree for Where You Live
Getting Treed! Planting Trees
Not just for Arbor Day: Deciding when to plant your tree
Finding a suitable location
Planting your tree
Taking Care of Your Tree
Giving trees a tall drink of water
Fertilizing trees
Life and limb: Pruning judiciously
Raising the stakes: Offering some support
Knowing Your Shrubs
Nonflowering shrubs
Flowering shrubs
Planning Practical Uses for Bushes
Planting Shrubs
Deciding when to plant your shrubs
Situating your shrubs
Perfecting your shrub-planting skills
Caring for Your Shrubs
Watering
Fertilizing your shrubs
Pruning for shape and rejuvenation
Climbers and Crawlers: Growing Vines and Groundcovers
Looking at How Vines Hold On
Twining
Tendrils
Adhesive discs
Holdfasts
Sprawling
Choosing the Right Vines for Your Garden
Considering your basic options
Love me tender? Deciding whether you need cold-hardy vines
Sizing up your vines
Examining site considerations for vines
Planting and Supporting Vines
Giving vines a little backup: Trellises, fences, and arbors
Using trees and shrubs as living supports
Maintaining Perennial Vines through Pruning
Looking at Groundcovers, a Living Carpet
Examining groundcover varieties
Reaching out: How the groundcover spreads
Spacing out: Considering the room the groundcover takes up
Exploring site considerations for groundcovers
Planting and Maintaining Groundcovers
Watering
Fertilizing
Mulching
Keeping groundcovers in shape: Pruning and pegging
Getting weeds out (and keeping them out)
Producing Your Own Produce
Food, Glorious Food! Growing Your Own Veggies
Varieties of Veggies
Growing vegetables by seasons
Defining hybrids
Appreciating heirlooms
Designing for Dining and Getting Your Vegetable Garden Ready
Sketching out your plan
Working with the sun: Where to plant vegetables
Using planting patterns and systems
Prepping your soil
Finding Your Vegetables
Planting Your Vegetables
Deciding when to plant your veggies
Sowing and planting your veggies
Composting for Vegetable Gardens
Fertilizing Your Vegetable Garden
Using Frames and Supports for Veggies
Dealing with Vegetable Pests
Rodents, rabbits, and other miscreants
Deer
Birds
Bugs
Adding Spice to Your Garden: Growing Herbs
Planting Herbs: A Lesson in Adaptation
Getting the timing right
Helping herbs find their place in the world
Putting herbs in their place: How to plant
Raising herbs from seed
Taking Care of Your Herbs
Providing an herb's basic needs
Dealing with herb pests
Sweet and Crunchy: Growing Fruits, Berries, and Nuts
Fruit Basics: Knowing and Choosing the Right Fruits for Your Garden
Examining the types of fruits
Getting the lowdown on chill factors
Studying your size accommodations
Going solo or in pairs: Looking at pollination
Finding and Buying Your Fruit Bearers
Planting Your Fruit
Making the prepared soil deep and wide enough
Choosing the best time to plant fruits
Deciding where to plant your fruits
Getting your fruit in the ground
Taking Care of Fruits
Watering
Fertilizing
Cutting back on mulch
Supporting and training your fruit
Pruning
Dealing with fruit pests
Designing Special and Fun Gardens
Mini Gardens and Microcosms: Gardening in Containers
Exploring Different Kinds of Containers
Examining standard container materials
Thinking outside the pot: Alternative choices and offbeat containers
The Inside Track: Getting the Container Soil Right
Purchasing a soil mix
Whipping up your own soil mix
Picking the Best Plants for Your Containers
Up close and personal displays
Tucked in attention-grabbers
Containers of mixed company
Arranging Containers for a Container Garden
Taking Care of Your Container Plants
Gauging your container garden's water needs
Fertilizing your container plants
Taking the Plunge: Gardening with Ponds and Fish
Planning Your Water Garden
Looking at location
On the level: Deciding between aboveground and in-ground gardens
Choosing the best lining
Picking Out Your Water Garden Parts and Supplies
Pumps
Bubblers and fountains
Filters
Installing and Filling Your Pond
Choosing Plants for Water Gardens
Waterlilies
Lotus
So-called marginal plants
Floaters and submerged plants
Adding Fish to Your Water Garden
Maintaining Your Water Garden
Taking care of the plants
Winterizing your plants and fish
A sea of green: Controlling algae in troubled waters
The Part of Tens
Ten Common Questions from (and Ten Common Answers for) Gardening Beginners
What's the Difference between an Annual and a Perennial?
What's Organic Matter?
Why Does Everything I Plant in My Flower Bed Die?
How Do I Prepare the Ground for a Brand-New Bed?
Do I Have to Spray Chemicals on My Rosebushes?
Do Any Vegetables Grow in the Shade?
It's Hot and Dry Here and I Don't Want Cacti. What Are My Options?
What Can I Plant on a Steep Bank to Prevent Erosion?
How Do I Remove the Weeds from the Lawn without Pulling Them One by One?
Is There Anything Deer Don't Eat?
Ten Quick, Fun, or Handy Garden Projects
Set Up a Hammock
Put Up a Rubber Tire Swing
Install Stepping Stones
Set Up a Trellis
Plant a Teepee
Create Whimsical Garden Art from Castoffs
Decorate the Front Steps with Potted Plants
Make Some Plant Labels
Make a Simple Compost Bin for Your Own Organic Matter
Combat Garden Pests with Homemade Pepper Spray
Ten Garden Projects for Children
Create a Dinosaur Garden
Grow a Sunflower Fort
Make Sunprints
Plant Mini-Pumpkins
Write with Seeds
Trap a Zucchini
Make a Home-Grown Salad
Grow Paperwhites
Set Up a Birdbath
Attract Butterflies to the Garden
Basic Gardening Resources
Index

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