Monday, April 16, 2012

Container Gardening For Dummies By Bill Marken, Suzanne Dejohn, The Editors Of The National Gardening Association

Container Gardening For Dummies

Container Gardening For Dummies By Bill Marken, Suzanne Dejohn, The Editors Of The National Gardening Association

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Product Description

The easy way to get a green thumb in container gardening!

Want to spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with annuals, perennials, vegetables, and succulents? This updated edition of Container Gardening For Dummies gives you clear, concise step-by-step instructions for cultivating delightful gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old watering can. It also includes color photos to inspire your designs.

  • Getting the dirt on container gardening — discover the advantages of growing plants in containers and learn how to maximize your garden conditions to help plants thrive

  • Picking a pot to plant in — take a look around your living space and determine the best location and type of container for your garden

  • Enjoying a summer fling — get the lowdown on the best single-season flowers, vegetables, and bulbs for container growing

  • Putting down roots — find out which perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits, and berries give year-round impact

  • Designing and decorating — take advantage of ideas and inspiration for creating eye-catching container gardening displays

Open the book and find:

  • Things you need to know before planting

  • A quick primer on climate

  • What to look for in a soil mix

  • How to work with perennials and annuals

  • Information you need to help you choose plants

  • Why and when containers need water and fertilizer

  • Guidance on replanting, repotting, and pruning

  • Tips for preventing insect pests and diseases

  • Ways to liven up your space with trees, shrubs, and vines

Learn to:

  • Choose, plant, and care for flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs

  • Grow vegetables and herbs just steps away from your kitchen

  • Cultivate charming gardens in any climate

  • Prevent insects and diseases from invading containers the eco-friendly way

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #40552 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-02-02
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.30" h x .90" w x 7.40" l, 1.17 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 344 pages
Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
"Packed with planting and design ideas that will transform even the humblest of pots into a flower festival." — Doug Jimerson, Editor-in-Chief, Garden Escape, "Who better to turn to for everything you need to know about container culture than a guy who has 'been there, done that' for a careerful of years?" — Joseph F. Williamson, Former Garden Editor and Managing Editor of Sunset Magazine

16 Pages of Colorful Photos!

Where Does Your Garden Grow? Find out how you can cultivate a charming garden in a redwood window box, a hanging basket, or a pair of old cowboy boots with Container Gardening For Dummies® Grow colorful plants, flowers, trees, and vegetables that will turn any gardener's thumb green with envy. Whether you're an inexperienced city dweller or his savvy country cousin, you'll love the down-to-earth tips and easy-to-follow directions for creating gorgeous container gardens in any climate. Sprout a Very Green Thumb

  • Unearth winning approaches for growing almost anything in a container
  • Discover how experts make greens flourish on roofs, balconies, and windowsills
  • Create your own one-of-a-kind garden by using classic and offbeat containers
  • Uncover the best fertilizing and watering techniques for your climate
  • Grow exotic and low-maintenance cactus and succulents
  • Prevent insects, pests, and diseases from invading your containers
  • Find out which ten tools are ideal for working in container gardens

About the Author
Bill Marken is the author of the first edition of Container Gardening For Dummies.

Suzanne DeJohn is an editor with the National Gardening Association, the leading garden-based educational nonprofit organization in the United States. NGA's programs and initiatives highlight the opportunities for plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the country.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful.
5Very Helpful!
By Safiyya N.
I originally checked this book out from the library, and after renewing three times and being told I couldn't renew it any more, I broke down and bought my own copy. It is VERY helpful in explaining the types of plants that do well in containers, and how to take care of them, how to deal with pests, how to "winter over," and so on. There is an entire section on what you can put plants in (be creative!), what the different types of soils are and what that means to you, and what plants do well in whichever type of light you have. I keep my copy of this book handy, and refer to it often. It's the single best reference book I've found on the subject of Container Gardening. Herb Gardening for Dummies is also good, but not QUITE as good as this one.

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful.
5A Great Basic Starter Book
By Spaceycat
I found lots of very useful information from pot sizes and soil (and soil-less) mixes as well as useful info on lots of plants, needs, watering etc. As container gardening is quite different than planting in the ground, I found this book VERY useful and different from all the other normal gardening books. I am a beginner, but love to research stuff to death and I find this book does give you a very good foundation to get started and do well.

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
4Container Gardening for Dummies
By A Reader
As someone with a "black thumb" (I can generally kill a plant within 24 hours!) I found this book to be very helpful. Even though there are huge amounts of real and applicable information here, the author manages to keep it fun and very readable. The best part is that since reading this book and putting it to use I haven't lost one plant! In fact, they seem to be thriving.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is the layout. I feel more thought could have been put into the way the chapters are put together. Specifically, the fact that I had to skip past all the design ideas to get to the care information in the back. Even with this one minor flaw, I still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in starting their own container garden.

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