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The Thoughtful Gardener : Advice from a National Trust Head Gardener - Ed Ikin

The Thoughtful Gardener

Advice from a National Trust Head Gardener

By: Ed Ikin


Published: 14th September 2010
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From gardening during drought conditions to the best friendly fungi and how to make the perfect compost, essential advice on symbiotic gardening.

Revealing the techniques that work in grand gardens yet are just as applicable for small yards, a vegetable patch, or several acres, the advice in this guide covers good plant nutrition, including how to make a plant healthy from organic spraying with milk. Composting is covered as well, including hot composting techniques; the ultimate leaf mold, bracken compost, and potash; and composting food waste. Gardeners will learn how to survive droughts and downpours with low-watering regimes, how to increase plants' drought resistance, how to choose the right plant for any condition, and how to keep plants healthy in water-logged soil. Tips on being a greener gardener include water-collection systems, using beneficial insects to control pests, alternatives to pesticides and fungicides, sterilizing without bleach, peat-free composts, and alternatives to plastic. Gardening by the moon is also covered, with simple and scientific experiments in biodynamic gardening.

About the Author

Ed Ikin is the head gardener at Nymans, the National Trust garden. He was a contributor to Gardening Secrets.

'...Thoughtful Gardener manages both to offer excellent practical advice on keeping the shrubberies in shape and to look rather elegant.' - The Daily Telegraph


Protecting plants
Choosing plants
Growing healthy plants
A healthy lawn
Wildlife-friendly gardens
In Summary...

Glossary of terms
Gardens to visit
Further reading
Recommended seed suppliers
Recommended nurseries
General suppliers

ISBN: 9781905400942
ISBN-10: 1905400942
Series: National Trust Home & Garden
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 14th September 2010
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 17.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61