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Some plants are trickier than others to propagate. A complete manual to the different horticultural principles involved in propagating techniques, this book will help you understand all the different ways to expand your garden and plants the right way! From division and layering to grafting, budding, bulbs, and more, follow detailed, step-by-step instructions and learn how to grow plants both from cuttings and seeds. Propagation Techniques for Flowers, Vegetables, and Trees includes expert information on how to germinate rare varieties, preserve existing specimens, and reduce material costs. Also included are tips for troubleshooting, an at-a-glance plant directory, helpful charts, diagrams and more.
The Grass and Bamboo Handbook is the complete, go-to guide for gardeners of all levels to understand how to make the most of unique grasses and bamboo in their gardens. Including a newly updated and expanded species guide, this illustrated manual also includes practical advice on cultivation techniques, buying plants, soil preparation, step-by-step planting sequences, how to trim and propagate, hardiness zones, and much more. Containing 14 planting schemes, from prairie planting and contemporary bedding to urban jungles and pots and planters, you'll learn everything you need to know about a variety of grasses, bamboos, and the families in which they belong!
Planting and gardening techniques to attract birds, bees, butterflies, beneficial bugs and more to your outside space. If you would like to attract wildlife to your garden, you need to learn which plants to grow, how to provide nesting areas, when to prune shrubs or mow the grass and when to leave well alone, how to deal with weeds, how to create a pond for tadpoles and frogs and more. The choice of plants is important, including shrubs which provide berries as food for birds, tall plants to attract bees and dragonflies, trees with nesting areas for birds, flowers to provide pollen for bees, and night-scented plants to attract moths and bats. Follow the insect-friendly ways to keep weeds under control and to deter unwanted visitors such as slugs, and learn how to make organic plant feed. Discover how to turn a pile of logs into a home for ladybirds and other insects, how to plant a hedge to provide cover for small mammals, how to create a pond (no digging involved!), and how to make simple birdhouses and feeders. No matter what size your outside space - from a single windowbox to a full-sized garden - The Urban Wildlife Gardener contains hundreds of easy-to-follow tips and techniques, simple projects, and essential plant know-how.
Increase the vitality of your garden by learning the benefits of lunar and biodynamic gardening. Biodynamic gardening means taking a holistic approach to the garden and being aware of the interrelatedness of the soil, plants and vegetables. The principles of biodynamics also bring a spiritual aspect to the meditative art of gardening, emphasising the influence of invisible energies, such as the lunar cycles, on the garden. You will discover how to take advantage of the natural rhythms of the moon, by planning your gardening activities to coincide with the most favourable conditions in the sky. For example, during a waxing moon, the earth is exhaling, and it is best to sow non-root plants. During a waning moon, the earth is inhaling, and biodynamic gardeners should water and fertilize their crops. With step-by-step illustrations for 25 projects, explanatory diagrams and stunning colour photographs, it's easy to see how biodynamic techniques can work for any gardener.
Gardening for Geeks is the ultimate organic gardening resource for any grower, providing them with everything they need to know about designing, building, and sustaining their garden. Filled with step-by-step processes, helpful diagrams, and expert tips on the best practices, author Christy Wilhelmi breaks down the biology and ecology of gardening in a breezy writing style and covers it all for anyone who dreams of gardening, even the city dweller. Starting off with the basics and progressing into more advanced concepts for a wide scope of gardening strategies and techniques, this is a comprehensive and geeky look at your favourite hobby. Founder of Gardenerd, Christy Wilhelmi shares her expertise to break down the biology and ecology of gardening in an easy, breezy writing style that will make you appreciate and understand gardening even more than you did before!
Gardens can enhance your wellbeing, but why? Covering design, plants, and the act of gardening, this book uniquely explains why green spaces are good for you and shows how to use that knowledge to optimize your outdoor space. The plants you grow and your garden layout can induce relaxation, boost your cardio system, and enhance mood. A well-planned space will neutralize pollution, mask noise, and reduce household energy and water consumption. And gardening itself can improve flexibility and fitness, counteract nature deficiency order, and promote happiness. Award-winning garden designer Matthew Keightley and RHS scientist Alistair Griffiths pool their expertise to write an inspiring practical book brimming with ideas supported by the latest scientific research on gardens and wellbeing. The case for choosing your garden plants carefully and looking at your garden layout has never been stronger. Do it for you, your family, and the planet!
This text summarizes research on cytogenetics and breeding of dendrobiums conducted since the 1950s, mainly at the University of Hawaii. A section on species important to Hawaii's orchid industry is followed by a description of the origin of many popular hybrids. Throughout, information on cross-breeding, seeding propagation, flower colour and form, and controlling disease is presented in language readily understood by the layperson. More than 150 registered hybrids are presented and the authors share valuable tips on counting dendrobium orchid chromosomes, germinating seeds, and cloning plants, and provide a comprehensive glossary.
Gardeners who suppose that planning a water-saving garden means giving up brilliant color and the lush beauty of Hawai`i's tropicals are in for a surprise. Now Hawai`i's gardeners can save water through applying xeriscape techniques and have gardens filled with exceptional plants that are not only less thirsty but provide the garden with shade, color, and fragrance, as well as exotic foliage and blooms. In Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape, two of Hawai`i's foremost plant experts, Rauch and Weissich, guide both novice and experienced gardeners in choosing the perfect drought-tolerant plants for Hawai`i's gardens. In this extensive and lavishly illustrated guide to the selection of tropical landscape materials for xeriscape gardens, Rauch and Weissich provide landscape architects, garden designers, and home gardeners with the ultimate guide to the less thirsty landscape plant species which form the tropical xeriscape. Organized in accordance with their use in the landscape,each plant category, from ground covers to large trees, is then further listed alphabetically by genus and illustrated with beautiful photographs of a full range of moderate to strong drought-tolerant species. Logical and easy to use, this garden guide will be appreciated by all plant lovers from home gardeners to professional landscape designers. With over 1300 color illustrations, Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape is the go-to source for Hawai`i's gardeners as they design, plant, and maintain watersaving gardens.