Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A garden designer quickly appreciates..

The essential sourcebook for creating your own dream garden. From planning to planting, a comprehensive guide to creating attractive landscapes and flourishing gardens.

From Library Journal
Using over 500 color photos and illustrations of garden design elements, Williams successfully presents a plan for devising a home landscape that harmoniously incorporates these elements into a beautiful garden. His credentials as a British landscape expert and chair of the Society of Landscape Designers in England are evident in this style sourcebook, which is filled with excellent landscape ideas and design examples. Williams covers how to plan a garden, which begins with establishing individual priorities and analyzing the property to be landscaped. He includes horizontal surfaces (everything that covers the ground); vertical elements (e.g., plants, walls, fences); garden furnishings (e.g., plants, pots, statues, furniture); and sample plans for types of gardens (e.g., water gardens, city gardens, wildlife gardens). Valuable for the many examples of garden elements that go into the making of an attractive outdoor space, this book offers readers the opportunity to explore options for a successful home landscape. Recommended for gardening and landscaping collections.
Dale Luchsinger, Athens Area Technical Inst., Ga.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Firs time I saw this book in library and it was great for me (I wanted to create a nice garden near the house and this book seemed very helpful) so I decided to try to buy the same through internet - found it at Amazon and was suprized about possibility to buy it not for $32 bur for $4.15 (Great Thanks to Smoky Mountain Books !!!) plus shipping ($3.99) - this prise was more than good especially for such a great book. The shipped it quick enought and in "like new" condition. So, now this book helps me a lot with my garden(it has nice pictures and good theoretical information) - it's really great and more thanks to Smoky Mountains for such an affordable price. !

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

All New Square Foot Gardening

Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?

Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground.

But, the best feature is that anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

But, let's get back to the ten improvements. You're going to love them.

1) New Location - Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just twenty percent of the space of a traditional garden.

2) New Direction - Locate your garden on top of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements.

3) New Soil - The new "Mel's Mix" is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even buy the different types of compost needed.

4) New Depth - You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It's true--the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth.

5) No Fertilizer - The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don't need to add fertilizer.

6) New Boxes - The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos).

7) New Aisles - The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest.

8) New Grids - Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.

9) New Seed Saving Idea - The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds--per planting hole.

10) Tabletop Gardens - The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable.

Of course, that's not all. We've also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You're going to love it!

I love this new, updated version of the classic Square Foot Gardening book. Lots of pictures, charts, and visuals. This version has suggestions for protecting the plants from critters of all kinds as well as ideas for hoop houses to extend the gardening season. The book is full color and much easier to read than the older version. Even if you already have the original book, the new one is worth buying. He's added some updated information based on 25 years of sqft gardening experience from around the globe. The website is also interesting as it contains photos and such of square foot gardens from all over the world.

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