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City Gardener's Handbook - YANG / POWIS

City Gardener's Handbook

Paperback Published: 15th April 2002
ISBN: 9781580174497
Number Of Pages: 327

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The problems and challenges facing gardeners in cities, suburban condos, or apartment complexes are unique, and Linda Yang has personally experienced every small-space gardening situation she writes about. Yang offers a wealth of practical advice on planning a garden that will be attractive all year long; selecting wind-, heat-, moisture- or drought-tolerant species; and coping with pollutants, insects, and more. Charts and lists supply information on the best city plants for flowers, foliage and fragrance as well as ground cover, small weeping trees and dwarf shrubs, soil mixes for containers and practical mulches.

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Foreword to the New Editionp. x
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Getting Startedp. 3
A backward glance
Getting to know your place
Existing plants
The search for sun
A balcony ceiling
Assessing your pollutants
The soil
Coping with wind
The travel route
Beginning thoughts on design
The formal approach
A naturalistic view
Space with style
Garden Plans and Photographsp. 14
Nonplant Considerationsp. 33
What goes on outside
What's underfoot
Coping with leaks
Paving surfaces
Something to sit on
Neighborly fences
Lattice patterns
Trompe l'oeil
Garden mirrors
On windy rooftops
Let there be light
Meet Nature's Dramatics Personaep. 49
All the garden's stage
The woody ones
Ornamental grasses
Tender perennials
Houseplants outside
Bulbs and their cousins
Herbal delights
Vines and climbers
Using leaners
And espaliers
Topiary whimsies
Narrowing the Choices: Some City Plants I've Knownp. 65
Where to begin
The crossword puzzle approach
The leading players: splendid shrubs and terrific trees
The supporting cast: favorites for flowers, foliage, fragrance or flavor
Creative covers: climbers for walls and fences
Garden Plans and Photographsp. 94
Finding and Buying Your Plantsp. 113
On temptation
Where hardy plants come from
Finding a nursery
The importance of roots
Container plants
B and B plants
Mail-order catalogues
The wild things
Learning your Latin
Facing a move
Gardening safely
The Secret Is in the Soilp. 129
Soil is not dirt
How much lightener
Restoring soil fertility
The soil conditioner
NPK, the big 3
Understanding the label
Fertilizer sources
The mystery of acidity and alkalinity
Plants for acid soil
Increasing pH
Analyzing soil
Containers for Summer and Winterp. 145
The windowbox
The quest for planters
Basics for building with wood
Use containers to create the space
Container gardens for winter
Where there's wind
Containers built for root pruning
Watch your weight
Happiness is a good container mix
Reducing soil weight
Preparing the "hole"
Be fearless
Garden Plans and Photographsp. 158
Planting and Other Earth-Shattering Ideasp. 177
An early beginning
Shrubs, small trees, hardy perennials
B and B plants
Spacing for now and then
Seedlings of flowers, veggies and herbs
The importance of mulch
The instant lawn
Plants to use as ground covers
The front-door garden
Useful invaders
Water Comes Not from Heaven Alonep. 191
The finger test
When to water
Roots in the ground
Roots in containers
Plants that tolerate moist soils
Plants with minimal water needs
Controll-ing soil moisture
The watering can
The hose
Keep those plants clean
A basic watering system
Watering containers when it's cold
The balcony ceiling
Use your snow
Continuing Through Autumnp. 205
End-of-season blues
Coping with compost
Humus without tears
Soil restoration
City plowing downstairs
And upstairs
Sampling autumn's splendor
Autumn alterations
A spring plot for bulbs
Plants that tolerate wind
A winter setting
City Girth Controlp. 221
Nature's rampant growth
Controlling the woody crowd
Needle evergreens
Plants for hedges
Globes, pyramids and other topiary shapes
When you can't grow up
Beautiful weepers
The right tool
Pruning time
Root pruning container trees and shrubs
Compensating for root loss
Dwarf shrubs
Garden Plans and Photographsp. 238
Not Quite Edenp. 257
Behold the caterpillar
Controlling nature
Balancing nature
Getting to know some "good guys"
Discouraging undesirables
Choosing your weapon
A selection of pests
Pesticide application
And formulation
Air pollutants
Nonpathogenic problems
Plant diseases
The birds and bees
Poisonous plants
The City Gardener's Almanacp. 279
Early spring
Late spring
Early summer
Late summer
Early autumn
Late autumn
Afterwordp. 285
Elizabeth Scholtz
Where to Find What by Mailp. 288
Finding suppliers
Smart shopping
Sources of garden furnishings
Garden ornaments
Tools and other essential gadgets
Soil tests
Natural controls and fertilizers
Garden plants
Seeds, perennials (may include annuals), ornamental shrubs and trees
The edible landscape
Tropicals and house-plants
Water plants, fish and aquatic supplies
Bibliographyp. 299
With Gratitudep. 303
Indexp. 304
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ISBN: 9781580174497
ISBN-10: 1580174493
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 327
Published: 15th April 2002
Publisher: Storey Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 17.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 2

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