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Stuff Every Gardener Should Know (Stuff You Should Know)

by Scott Meyer

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This handy little gift book is the perfect pocket guide to your garden!   For the green thumb in your life, this delightful companion is blooming with fun facts and helpful ideas for everything from indoor seed-starting to tips for hassle-free roses. What's the difference between heirlooms and hybrids? How can I stop weeds from invading my flowerbeds? And what's the best way to attract helpful, beneficial insects? All these questions and more are answered for gardeners of all ages and experience.  Topics include:    * Tips for Hassle-Free Roses    * How to Grow Perfect Tomatoes    * How to Start Seeds Indoors    * How to Extend the Growing Season And more!… (more)
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Super useful little pocket guide to gardening, with a list of suppliers, books, and websites (e.g. the American Horticultural Society, ahs.org) at the back. Plenty of interesting tidbits about all garden areas: tomatoes, berries, herbs, annuals and perennials, small trees, container gardening, weed and pest control, and starting seeds indoors. There are no pictures or illustrations, so unless you're already familiar with all of the plants, you'll want to look them up in a book or online.

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Tomato tips:
-plant more than one variety
-plant in full sun
-space correctly
-plant deep
-train the vines

Herb tips:
-Basil: starting trimming the top leaves while the basil is small to encourage branching for a bushier plant
-Parsley: pick from the outside of the plant so the center continues to develop new ones
-Rosemary: prune off a few stems weekly to encourage new leaves, which have the best flavor
-Sage: the red flowers on "pineapple" sage attract hummingbirds
-Thyme: works well as edging for gardens; endures for years even in cold climates

How to grow garlic: start in the fall with one or two garlic bulbs from the farmers' market or garden center (supermarket ones are treated with anti-sprouting agents). Plant cloves; each clove will grow into a new bulb. Space 6" apart with flat end down and pointy end up. Cut off the scape and enjoy. Dig up bulbs when all leaves have wilted. Let them dry for a few days.

How to grow potatoes in a bag

Tips for Hassle-Free Roses:
-opt for shrubs
-plant in fall or spring
-give them morning sun
-manage drainage
-allow breathing room: leave 3" around each shrub
-prune and clean: clip canes that are down flowering (brown and brittle); clip branches that cross through the center of the plant (they block airflow)

10 Uncommon Bulbs
*Allium, *anemone, arum, camassia, *chionodoxa, eremurus, fritillaria, freesia, *galanthus (snowdrops), tuberose
*Pretty!

How to add color in the shade:
Annuals: Baby blue-eyes (nemophilia), fuschia, impatiens, lobelia, tuberous begonia
Perennials: Astilbe, bleeding hearts (dicentra), coral bells (heuchera), hellobore, primrose
Foliage: coleus, hosta, perilla, sweet potato vine

How to divide perennials:
As a rule of thumb, divide spring-blooming flowers in the fall and summer bloomers in early spring

Evening garden tips:
Lemon balm leaves are high in citronella

Ground cover for shade: sheet moss (fares well even in poor, dense soil, as long as it's in the shade). Brilliant green and holds up to foot traffic.

How to prune trees and shrubs:
-prune in late winter
-encourage air flow by removing branches that grow toward the center rather than away from the main trunk
-remove dead/dying branches
-prune just above a bud facing the outside of the plant so the new branch grows outward
-prune no more than 1/3 of the branches at a time

Watering: DEEPLY, NOT DAILY ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 27, 2018 |
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This handy little gift book is the perfect pocket guide to your garden!   For the green thumb in your life, this delightful companion is blooming with fun facts and helpful ideas for everything from indoor seed-starting to tips for hassle-free roses. What's the difference between heirlooms and hybrids? How can I stop weeds from invading my flowerbeds? And what's the best way to attract helpful, beneficial insects? All these questions and more are answered for gardeners of all ages and experience.  Topics include:    * Tips for Hassle-Free Roses    * How to Grow Perfect Tomatoes    * How to Start Seeds Indoors    * How to Extend the Growing Season And more!

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