How to Make a Garden Grow

Author: William Heath Robinson,K.R.G. Browne

Publisher: RHE Media Limited

ISBN: 1910226270

Category: Humor

Page: 104

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The origins of 'How to Make a Garden Grow' lie in an article in 'The Strand' Magazine called ‘A Highly Complicated Science’. The science referred to was that of gardening and the article by K. R. G. Browne was accompanied by nine of Heath Robinson’s drawings, all of which were subsequently used in their book for the How To… series. Much of the subject matter for this book was drawn from Heath Robinson’s earlier cartoons. For example, among his earliest work for 'The Sketch' was a series of drawings on the practicalities of gardening. This included a picture of ‘root pruning’ showing the gardener tunnelling down to the roots of a plant to prune them. Although the earlier drawing is much more elaborate, the idea is the same as that presented in 'How to Make a Garden Grow'. Gardening was a very popular hobby in the 1930s. It was a good way to save on food bills, start-up costs were low and the work was healthy – all concerns for the British during the depression years. Heath Robinson’s satirical cartoons and K. R. G. Browne’s humorous text gently poke fun at contemporary gardeners and their foibles and furbelows. We see design schemes for gardens to suit all types of gardeners, concerned gardeners diligently tending a sick plant and ideas for games that can be played at garden parties. Above all though are the wonderful Heath Robinson gadgets, doohickeys and gizmos designed to help the earnest gardener deal with the many challenges of gardening. How do you avoid spraying the neighbours when trying to get rid of greenfly? What is the best way to trap earwigs or to keep cats off your vegetable patch? Heath Robinson has the answer. Heath Robinson and Browne don’t claim to be gardening experts but in 'How to Make a Garden Grow', as in all the How to… books, they have expertly captured both the spirit of their time and the essence of what it was (and in many ways still is) to be British. Look no further for advice on gardening – this book has it all neatly summed up in the most entertaining way. If you are also a married flat-dweller who has a car and plays golf (as many of us are) then you will find much to amuse and inform you in our other titles by Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne: • How to be a Perfect Husband • How to Live in a Flat • How to be a Motorist • Humours of Golf All our Heath Robinson titles include a Foreword by Geoffrey Beare, Trustee of the William Heath Robinson Trust, which is working to build a Heath Robinson museum in North London.

How to Grow a School Garden

A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers

Author: Arden Bucklin-Sporer,Rachel Pringle

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604692553

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

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“A school garden is a tremendously valuable tool to help young people turn book knowledge into real experience. This book is a must-have resource for anyone considering embarking on a youth gardening adventure.” —Mike Metallo, President, National Gardening Association In this groundbreaking resource, two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them. Today both schools and parents have a unique opportunity—and an increasing responsibility—to cultivate an awareness of our finite resources, to reinforce values of environmental stewardship, to help students understand concepts of nutrition and health, and to connect children to the natural world. What better way to do this than by engaging young people, their families, and teachers in the wondrous outdoor classroom that is their very own school garden? It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.

Vertical Gardening

Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

Author: Derek Fell

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1605290831

Category: Gardening

Page: 384

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Shares methods of growing vegetables, flowers, and fruits vertically with tips on choosing a site, composting, and controlling weeds, pests, and disease.

DIY Hydroponic Gardens

How to Design and Build an Inexpensive System for Growing Plants in Water

Author: Tyler Baras

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0760357595

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

View: 9042

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DIY Hydroponic Gardens takes the mystery out of growing in water. With practical information aimed at home DIYers, author Tyler Baras (Farmer Tyler to his fans) shows exactly how to build, plant, and maintain more than a dozen unique hydroponic systems, some of which cost just a few dollars to make. Growing produce without soil offers a unique opportunity to have a productive garden indoors or in areas where soil is not present. An expert in hydroponics, Baras has developed many unique and easy-to-build systems for growing entirely in water. In DIY Hydroponic Gardens, he shows with step-by-step photos precisely how to create these systems and how to plant and maintain them. All the information you need to get started with your home hydroponic system is included, from recipes for nutrient solutions, to light and ventilation sources, to specific plant-by-plant details that explain how to grow the most popular vegetables in a self-contained, soilless system. Even if you live in an area were water is scarce, a hydroponic system is the answer you’ve been looking for. Hydroponic systems are sealed and do not allow evaporation, making water loss virtually nonexistent.

Gardening for a Lifetime

How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older

Author: Sydney Eddison

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604692529

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

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From the winner of the National Garden Club's Award of Excellence Although the garden may beckon as strongly as ever, the tasks involved—pulling weeds, pushing wheelbarrows, digging holes, moving heavy pots—become increasingly difficult, or even impossible, with advancing age. But the idea of giving it up is unthinkable for most gardeners. So what’s the alternative? In Gardening for a Lifetime, Sydney Eddison draws on her own forty years of gardening to provide a practical and encouraging roadmap for scaling back while keeping up with the gardening activities that each gardener loves most. Like replacing demanding plants like delphiniums with sturdy, relatively carefree perennials like sedums, rudbeckias, and daylilies. Or taking the leap and hiring help—another pair of hands, even for a few hours a week, goes a long way toward getting a big job done. This new edition features an additional chapter describing how Sydney’s struggles with hip and back problems forced her to walk the walk. As a friend of hers says, “Last summer you wrote the book. Now, I’m happy to see that you’ve read it.” Gentle, personable, and practical, Gardening for a Lifetime will be welcomed by all gardeners looking to transform gardening from a list of daunting chores into the gratifying, joyful activity it was meant to be.

Square Foot Gardening

A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work

Author: Mel Bartholomew

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781579548568

Category: Gardening

Page: 346

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A new edition of the classic gardening handbook details a simple yet highly effective gardening system, based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares, that produces big yields with less space and with less work than with conventional row gardens. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.

The Week-by-week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook

Author: Ron Kujawski,Jennifer Kujawski

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603426949

Category: Gardening

Page: 199

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Suitable for all gardening zones, a handy guide offers easy instructions for setting up a personalized week-by-week vegetable-gardening schedule based on one's last frost date. Original.

How to Make a Forest Garden

Author: Patrick Whitefield

Publisher: Permanent Publications

ISBN: 9781856230087

Category: Gardening

Page: 168

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A forest garden is a food-producing garden, based on the model of a natural woodland or forest. It is made up of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs. It can be tailored to fit any space, from a tiny urban back yard to a large rural garden. A close copy of a natural ecosystem, it is perhaps the most ecologically friendly way of gardening open to us. It is also a low-maintenance way of gardening. Once established there is none of the digging, sowing, planting out and hoeing of the conventional kitchen garden. The main task is picking up the produce! This highly practical, yet inspiring book gives you everything you need to know in order to create a beautiful and productive forest garden, including: Basic principles Layout How to choose plants Details of over one hundred plants, from apples to mushrooms the most comprehensive account of perennial and self-seeding vegetables in print A step-by-step guide to creating your garden Full details of an example garden, and pictures of many more Forest gardening is an important element of permaculture. This book explains in detail permaculture design for temperate climates and contains much of interest for anybody wanting to introduce sustainable practices into their garden.

The Wellness Garden

Grow, Eat, and Walk Your Way to Better Health

Author: Shawna Coronado

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 0760359814

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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Don't sacrifice your garden or green space because you suffer from chronic pain, health issues, or other ailments. The Wellness Garden is your guide! If you love to garden but also worry about the physical strain, or if you are in search of ways to promote a healthier lifestyle, and even combat specific, chronic, health issues, then noted garden author and speaker Shawna Coronado has good news for you! You can stay active, fight chronic pain, and keep the garden you've worked so hard to cultivate. In The Wellness Garden, her new book from Cool Springs Press, Shawna details exactly how she has learned to use her garden as a key tool in her battle with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain issues. In this inspiring but highly practical book you will learn from Shawna's lifechanging garden experience and see how you can create your own Wellness Garden--and gain the healthier lifestyle you desire and deserve.

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers

Author: Karen Newcomb

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1607746832

Category: Gardening

Page: 217

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A revised and updated edition of a classic best-seller outlines ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods for producing large amounts of vegetables in very small spaces. Includes glossary. Original. 10,000 first printing.

You Grow Girl

The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening

Author: Gayla Trail

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439103517

Category: Gardening

Page: 208

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This is not your grandmother's gardening book. You Grow Girl is a hip, humorous how-to for crafty gals everywhere who are discovering a passion for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers into a reality. Gayla Trail, creator of YouGrowGirl.com, provides guidance for both beginning and intermediate gardeners with engaging tips, projects, and recipes -- whether you have access to a small backyard or merely to a fire escape. You Grow Girl eliminates the intimidation factor and reveals how easy and enjoyable it can be to cultivate plants and flowers even when resources and space are limited. Divided into accessible sections like Plan, Plant, and Grow, You Grow Girl takes readers through the entire gardening experience: Preparing soil Nurturing seedlings Fending off critters Reaping the bounty Readying plants for winter Preparing for the seasons ahead Gayla also includes a wealth of ingenious and creative projects, such as: Transforming your garden's harvest into lush bath and beauty products Converting household junk into canny containers Growing and bagging herbal tea Concocting homemade pest repellents ...and much, much more. Witty, wise, and as practical as it is stylish, You Grow Girl is guaranteed to show you how to get your garden on. All you need is a windowsill and a dream!

Gardening Lab for Kids

52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden

Author: Renata Fossen Brown

Publisher: Quarry Books

ISBN: 1627880305

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 136

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A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own patch of earth, Gardening Lab for Kids encourages children to get outside and enjoy nature. This fun and creative book features 52 plant-related activities set into weekly lessons, beginning with learning to read maps to find your heat zone, moving through seeds, soil, composting, and then creating garden art and appreciating your natural surroundings.DIV /divDIVAuthor Renata Fossen Brown guides your family through fun opportunities learning about botany, ecology, the seasons, food, patience, insects, eating, and cooking. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on outdoor experiences. The lessons in this book are open-ended to be explored over and over–with different results each time! Garden Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new gardeners. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises./divSo, slip on your muddy clothes, and get out and grow!

Easy Garden Projects to Make, Build, and Grow

200 Do-it-yourself Ideas to Help You Grow Your Best Garden Ever

Author: Barbara Pleasant

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9780899093994

Category: Gardening

Page: 312

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Outlines do-it-yourself vegetable garden project ideas that address a wide range of needs, from making compost and controlling weeds to attracting wildlife and watering plants.

Grow the Good Life

Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

Author: Michele Owens

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609617487

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

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A lively, passionate argument for the backyard vegetable garden, drawing on science, history, and stories from the author's garden. Our parents saw supermarkets and processed foods as the height of convenience. But nothing is more convenient than grocery shopping in the backyard. A vegetable garden offers the best defense against rising food prices, the most environmentally sound way to eat, and better exercise than any gym. It will turn anyone into a wonderful cook, since nothing tastes more vibrant than homegrown. And it can take less time every week than a trip to the supermarket. In Grow the Good Life, Michele Owens, an amateur gardener for almost two decades, makes an entertaining and persuasive case for vegetable gardens. She starts with two simple but radical ideas: Growing food on a small scale is easy, and it is absurdly rewarding. With her wry, funny, and accessible approach, Owens helps beginning gardeners overcome obstacles that keep them from planting a few seedlings every spring. She explains why dirt isn't dirty; the health benefits of growing one's own food; and that vegetable gardens are not antithetical to the frantic pace of modern life, but simple and undemanding if intelligently managed. Grow the Good Life is not just another how-to. Instead, it will teach you the true fundamentals of vegetable growing: how to fit a garden into your life and why it's worth the trouble.

How to Grow a Garden

Author: Tom Greve

Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing

ISBN: 1634305507

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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How to Grow a Garden is designed to help young learners observe, question, and implement ideas to reach a successful outcome. Featuring a step-by-step format, this 24-page book offers students the opportunity to reach conclusions by following simple, orga

Homegrown Pantry

A Gardener's Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round

Author: Barbara Pleasant

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612125794

Category: Gardening

Page: 328

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Now that you’ve mastered gardening basics, you want to enjoy your bounty year-round, right? Homegrown Pantry picks up where beginning gardening books leave off, with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops — including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more — to keep your pantry stocked throughout the year. Each vegetable profile highlights how many plants to grow for a year’s worth of eating, and which storage methods work best for specific varieties. Author Barbara Pleasant culls tips from decades of her own gardening experience and from growers across North America to offer planting, care, and harvesting refreshers for every region and each vegetable. Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner GWA Media Awards Silver Award Winner

How to Make Your Garden Grow

Author: Toby Buckland,Lisa Buckland

Publisher: Cassell Illustrated

ISBN: 9781844035106

Category: Flower gardening

Page: 160

View: 1932

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A visit to the garden centre to buy new plants can be exciting but expensive, so it is essential to know what will thrive in your patch and how to give your new acquisitions a good start. In this practical guide, readers with little previous experience are shown how to create the garden they want by choosing the right plants for the job, as well as how to care and maintain them for years to come. From anemones to peonies, poppies to red-hot-pokers, the most popular garden plants form the basis of the book and are accompanied by special features such as growing flowers for cutting, training roses and establishing a hedge.