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Young children will enjoy learning about colors and flowers with this new edition of one of Lois Ehlert's most popular titles in a brand-new format.
Some plants thrive in each others' company. They offer protection from bugs and disease, provide shade and enrich the earth with nutrients. Planting basil, for example, next to tomatoes helps to ward off whitefly and a patch of nasturtiums not only looks good, but keeps the nasty aphids away from your runner beans. Some plants, on the other hand, just simply don't get on. The A-Z of Companion Planting explains the theory and the practice. It looks at its usage historically and brings the practice up to date with today's gardening techniques and our desire for chemical-free vegetables. Then the author guides you through which crops, herbs, grasses and fruits can be planted together (and equally important, which mustn't) to make sure that you get the very best crop with the highest yields - and naturally! Jayne Neville, herself a practitioner of companion planting, discusses and explains the reasoning behind it, giving the reader a fuller and more rounded understanding of an age-old gardening practice which modern reliance on 'chemical warfare' has unjustly marginalised. With the current trends towards both permaculture and no-dig gardening, this might just be your passport to healthy and environment-friendly crop production! Combined with a handy, easy to use diagnostic table and clear, easy to understand line drawings, Jayne Neville's book is destined to be a classic reference book on this unscientifically proven yet 'known to work' area of gardening.
This title helps you how to create a beautiful garden with versatile perennials, shown in more than 100 photographs. It includes inspirational ideas for using these highly popular plants in a variety of garden styles, such as formal, informal, cottage, wildflower and contemporary. It features perennials that provide both hot and cool visual interest, as well as plants for different locations around the garden, from herbaceous borders to containers. It includes practical advice on growing from seed, taking cuttings, watering, feeding, weeding, deadheading and staking, as well as useful reference charts providing plant descriptions and a guide to perennials' common names. It is difficult to imagine a garden without perennials, with the diverse colorations and scents of their flowers, as well as the wonderful shapes and textures of their foliage. This handy guide describes ways to use perennials effectively within different garden styles, and is brimming with suggestions for using them to their best advantage in bold or subtle schemes. It covers a wide range of common garden plants, such as aquilegia, clematis, lilies and verbena, and also contains advice on how to plant for year-round displays, with tips for sowing, planting and maintenance. It is an invaluable guide for gardeners interested in creating permanent planting combinations.
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