02-22-2007 03:31 PM - edited 02-22-2007 03:31 PM
Welcome to the Gardening Book Club!
This is your home for asking questions, giving advice, and sharing your success stories (and frustrations!) about gardening.
We have selected a few core gardening books that cover a wide range of gardening topics. There isn't a one-book-per-month structure for discussing these core texts; instead, they will function as a springboard -- a reference library, if you will -- for any gardening discussion you'd like to have.
The Gardening Library includes:
|Your House, Your Garden: A Foolproof Approach to Garden Design Gordon Hayward Hayward provides practical do-it-yourself garden and landscape design, including dozens of detailed plans. Take clues from the style, materials, and proportions of your house, but also garages and outbuildings, property lines, streets, walls, and walkways. With more than 200 color photographs, you'll soon learn how to design gardens that relate best to your surroundings.|
|Encyclopedia of Perennials Graham Rice (Editor) Lavishly illustrated throughout with plant portraits and pictures of perennials in their natural environs, this comprehensive A-Z guide to the most popular and versatile group of plants will appeal to new gardeners and confirmed green thumbs.|
Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges
Learn how to select the finest plants for specific growing conditions, as well as plants that look good together. With hundreds of color photographs and
descriptions of beautiful, low-maintenance, widely-available, pest- and disease-resistant plants, this is your guide for adding privacy, shade, color, and
texture to the landscape all year round.
The Complete Flower Gardener
Karan Davis Cutler and Barbara W. Ellis
This comprehensive volume on organic flower gardening contains information on everything from creating gardens and borders, to composting, flower design and
garden maintenance. Part I of the book includes general gardening and design advice, and Part II is an extensive encyclopedia of more than 175 species of flowers.
|Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking -- The Complete Guide to Creating a Bountiful Garden Fern Marshall Bradley and Jane Courtier Growing vegetables isn't difficult, and you don't need an enormous field to yield copious crops. Best of all, you can successfully grow and safely eat the fruits of your labor, whether you choose to be exclusively organic or not. The two authors -- one an organic farmer, one not -- present a balanced guide to creating an abundant home garden.|
|Jerry Baker's Giant Book of Garden Solutions: 1,954 Natural Remedies to Handle Your Toughest Garden... Jerry Baker Baker shows you how to use common household products and down-home ingenuity to combat common gardening problems. Recipes include homemade insect sprays and fertilizers that replace chemical, store-bought alternatives. Green thumbs as well as novice gardeners can use beer, baby shampoo, ammonia, and other domestic products to produce prize flowers, vegetables, fruits, and herbs.|
Your moderator is Becke Davis, our resident green thumb. She'll provide some general discussion questions to keep us moving forward, but you should also feel free to start a New Message at any time.
The conversation is yours to grow, so enjoy the book club!
Message Edited by BookClubEditor on 03-19-2007 09:49 AM
03-10-2007 02:20 PM
This book is a good reference, with the benefit of hundreds of detailed photographs to help you make your selections or to identify mystery plants in your garden.
03-23-2007 09:01 PM
03-27-2007 03:20 PM
Trees are expensive but long lived, for the most part, so it's worth doing a little investigation through garden reference books before investing in one. Make sure that the tree you purchase is right for your climate and soil types, and that your yard gets sufficient sunlight for it to thrive.
04-30-2007 02:03 PM