- Clear definitions and descriptions of the different types of plants
- Tips on choosing the type of garden you want
- How to create a garden plan
- Easy-to-follow instructions for soil preparation
- Advice on planting, growing and caring for annuals and perennials
- Step-by-step plans for organic and edible gardens
- Plans for butterfly and children's gardens
Packed with helpful tips on controlling pests safely, managing weeds, and correcting common gardening problems, Gardening for Dummies turns your brown thumb green in a hurry.
About the Author
Steven A. Frowine is a noted professional horticulturist and a longtime avid gardener and communicator. The National Gardening Association is the leading garden-based educational nonprofit in the USA. Visit www.garden.org.
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Part I: Preparing Yourself (And Your Garden) for Planting.
Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Gardening.
Chapter 2: Planning Your Own Eden.
Chapter 3: Getting into the Zone — Your Garden’s Zone.
Chapter 4: Live Long and Prosper: Giving Plants What They Need.
Chapter 5: Gathering Your Gardening Gear.
Part II: Flowers and Foliage: Growing for Color.
Chapter 6: Growing Annuals: Adding Yearly Variety to Your Garden.
Chapter 7: Growing Perennials: Plants That Make a Comeback.
Chapter 8: Brightening Up the Garden with Bulbs.
Chapter 9: Coming Up Roses.
Part III: Stretching Your Garden Beyond Its Boundaries: The Permanent Landscape.
Chapter 10: Growing a Perfect Lawn.
Chapter 11: Reaching New Heights with Trees and Shrubs.
Chapter 12: Climbers and Crawlers: Growing Vines and Groundcovers.
Part IV: Producing Your Own Produce.
Chapter 13: Food, Glorious Food! Growing Your Own Veggies.
Chapter 14: Adding Spice to Your Garden: Growing Herbs.
Chapter 15: Sweet and Crunchy: Growing Fruits, Berries, and Nuts.
Part V: Designing Special and Fun Gardens.
Chapter 16: Mini Gardens and Microcosms: Gardening in Containers.
Chapter 17: Taking the Plunge: Gardening with Ponds and Fish.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Common Questions from (and Ten Common Answers for) Gardening Beginners.
Chapter 19: Ten Quick, Fun, or Handy Garden Projects.
Chapter 20: Ten Garden Projects for Children.
Appendix: Basic Gardening Resources.