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Beginner gardening step by step : a visual guide to yard and garden basics
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York, DK Publishing, 2019.

Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"This book is adapted from the following titles in the previously published RHS Simple step series: Planting a small garden / Phil Clayton ; Plants for shade / Andrew Mikolajski ; Family garden / Lia Leendertz ; Easy-care garden / Jenny Hendy ; Containers for patios / Richard Rosenfeld ; Climbing plants / Charles Chesshire ; Lawns and ground / Simon Akeroyd ; Bamboos and grasses / Jon Ardle ; Gardening step by step / Phil Clayton, Jenny Hendy, Colin Crosbie, Jo Whittingham ; Easy pruning / Colin Crosbie ; Vegetables and fruits in pots / Jo Whittingham ; Vegetables in a small garden / Jo Whittingham ; Herbs / William Denne." -- page [256].

Includes index.
Getting started -- Flowers & foliage -- Lawns -- Climbers -- Shrubs -- Grasses -- Small trees -- Vegetables -- Herbs -- Fruit -- Practicalities.


Material Type
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Book 635 Begin
Book 635 Begin
Book 635 Begin
Book 635 Begin
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Book 635 Begin
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Is your lawn full of weeds? Are your plants diseased? Is your flower bed forlorn? Do you long to create an outdoor space you can enjoy with friends--or even a garden you can show off with pride?

This book shows you the basics you need to get your yard or green space under control and keep it that way, and gives you lots of garden ideas you can do yourself--all with step-by-step photographs. From planting decorative climbers to growing your own fruits and vegetables, these easy steps will make a big difference in how your garden and landscape look and feel. Take the anxiety out of planting, potting, and pruning and enjoy your lush lawn, beautiful landscape, and bountiful garden.

Author Notes

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Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Getting Started
Which way does your garden face?p. 10
Know your soilp. 12
Improving your soilp. 16
Choosing the right potting soilp. 18
Choosing healthy plantsp. 20
Flowers & Foliage
Sowing seeds outdoorsp. 24
Sowing seeds indoorsp. 26
Growing plants that lastp. 28
Growing sunflowersp. 30
Preparing pots for plantingp. 34
Plant up a colorful containerp. 36
Make a spring hanging basketp. 38
Planting a shady window boxp. 40
Planting bulbs in a potp. 42
Making a borderp. 44
Making raised beds and edgesp. 50
Choosing flowers and foliage for spring containersp. 54
Choosing flowers and foliage for summer containersp. 56
Laying sodp. 60
Sowing grass seedp. 62
How to make a lawn edgingp. 64
Growing bulbs m grassp. 68
Caring for your lawnp. 70
Planting a climberp. 76
Potting up climbersp. 78
Planting an obeliskp. 80
Create a tower of climbersp. 82
Make an ivy topiary ballp. 84
Build a rose archp. 88
Pruning a rose archp. 92
Pruning a rose on a wallp. 94
Pruning wisteriap. 98
Cutting back ivyp. 100
Raise new plants by layeringp. 102
Choosing climbers for spring interestp. 104
Choosing climbers for summer interestp. 106
Planting a shrubp. 110
Planting a shrub in a potp. 112
Planting a bare-root rosep. 116
Pruning an early summer-flowering shrubp. 118
Lightly pruning shrubsp. 120
Pruning a shrub rosep. 122
Pruning hydrangeap. 124
Pruning lavenderp. 128
Pruning for winter stemsp. 130
Planting a hedgep. 132
Trimming a hedgep. 134
Making a topiary conep. 136
Repotting a shrubp. 138
Choosing shrubs for year-round interestp. 140
Choosing shrubs for autumn interestp. 142
Planting grasses in the groundp. 146
Caring for grassesp. 148
Cutting back grassesp. 152
Dividing grassesp. 154
Choosing grassesp. 156
Small Trees
Planting a treep. 160
Removing a branchp. 166
Moving a tree or shrubp. 168
Choosing trees for small gardensp. 170
Growing seeds in traysp. 174
Sowing seeds in small potsp. 178
Growing vegetables from plug plantsp. 180
Raising lettuces on a windowsillp. 182
Growing tomatoesp. 184
Growing climbing beansp. 186
Growing root cropsp. 190
Growing early potatoesp. 192
Growing potatoes in a trash canp. 194
Growing herbs from seedp. 198
Planting an herb gardenp. 204
Planting an herb hanging basketp. 206
Making a lavender hedgep. 208
Growing herbs from cuttingsp. 210
Dividing herbsp. 214
Planting a basket of strawberriesp. 218
Planting an apple tree in a potp. 220
Pruning an apple treep. 224
Soft fruit in small spacesp. 226
Tree fruit in small spacesp. 228
Watering plantsp. 232
Making your own compostp. 234
How and when to prunep. 236
Caring for your toolsp. 238
Troubleshooting weedsp. 242
Dealing with pestsp. 244
Preventing diseasesp. 246
Know your garden friendsp. 248
Indexp. 250
Acknowledgmentsp. 256