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Plant Doctor A Practical Guide to Having a Healthy Garden

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ISBN-10: 1552637379

ISBN-13: 9781552637371

Edition: 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Sonia Day

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Whether you're a novice wondering which plants to buy or an experienced green thumb seeking information on different types of fertilizers, The Plant Doctor is a one-stop resource. This well-organized volume is packed with down-to-earth advice on a wide range of nitty-gritty topics that concern every gardener. You can learn about: Common garden pests and ways to combat them, The pros and cons of organic and chemical pesticides, What fertilizers can-and can't-do, The right way to shop at a garden center, Avoiding plant diseases, Ways to improve soil, Invasive plants that you may wish to avoid, Coping with dry shade, When, where and how to plant, Keeping plants healthy, Preparing gardens for…    
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Key Porter Books
Publication date: 4/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Master gardener Sonia Day is a gardening columnist for the Toronto Star and the author of several popular gardening books.

Introductionp. 9
Starting Outp. 13
Know Your Hardiness Zonep. 13
Sun or Shade? It's Crucial Informationtp. 18
How Much Siinhght Do Plants Need?p. 20
What to Do about Dry Shadep. 21
Why Some Plants Won't Grow under a Black Walnut Treep. 24
Buying Plantsp. 27
How to Shop at a Garden Centerp. 27
What Kind of Plant to Buy: Annual or Perennial?p. 30
The Different Types of Bulbsp. 31
Buying by Mail Orderp. 34
Be Wary of These Invasive Plantsp. 36
Soil Basicsp. 41
How to Tell What Kind of Soil You Havep. 42
Understanding Soil pHp. 43
Ways to Improve Soilp. 44
What Fertilizers Can and Can't Dop. 49
Which Is Best: Organic or Chemical?p. 53
Some Plants That Benefit from Chemical Fertilizersp. 54
Tips about Some Popular Plant Care Productsp. 55
The Magic of Manure Teap. 57
Plantingp. 59
Where to Plantp. 59
When to Do Itp. 61
If Jack Frost Makes a Return Visitp. 62
How to Plant Most Thingsp. 64
Important Planting Tipsp. 65
Planting under Treesp. 67
The Problem of Windp. 68
Different Bulbs Need Different Treatmentp. 69
Planting in Containersp. 72
Planting Roses in Cold Climatesp. 74
The Marvel of Mulchp. 75
Ongoing Plant Carep. 81
Take a Tour of Your Gardenp. 81
The Touchy Issue of Wateringp. 83
Weeding: The Inescapable Taskp. 85
Getting Rid of Weedsp. 87
Deadheadingp. 92
Shearingp. 94
Stakingp. 96
Pinchingp. 99
Thinningp. 100
Dividing Plants That Have Grown Too Bigp. 100
Volunteers: A Mixed Blessing in Many Gardensp. 103
What to Do When Winter Comesp. 106
When Spring Rolls around Againp. 110
When Roses Won't Produce Flowersp. 110
Protecting Plants from Problemsp. 113
How to Cultivate Good Gardening Habitsp. 113
What IPM Means and How It Affects Youp. 116
Beneficial Bugs in the Gardenp. 117
Does Companion Planting Work?p. 119
The Different Kinds of Pesticides Sold at Garden Centersp. 121
Chemical Pesticides: Know What You're Usingp. 123
Organic Pesticides Can Be Toxic Toop. 126
Common Garden Pests and How to Combat Themp. 134
The Four Kinds of Plant Diseasesp. 149
Common Diseases That Affect Plantsp. 151
Ways to Keep Critters Awayp. 156
Acknowledgmentsp. 162
Photo Creditsp. 162
Bibliographyp. 163
Indexp. 165
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