The "professional secrets" here involve such gardening tips and tricks as ways to improve soil by using organic matter and nutrients; how to make and use compost; ways to propagate plants by cuttings, layering, and dividing; how to grow better cool-season and warm-season vegetables; and how to achieve longer growing seasons and higher yields of vegetables. Smith also tells readers how to grow bigger and better herbs, grapes and berries, annuals, biennials, and perennials. There's a chapter on growing easy-care roses and one on growing shrubs and trees. Tips on harvesting and preserving vegetables and herbs are included, as well as charts, graphs, and illustrations. There are no surprising secrets, but the book is packed with invaluable information. George Cohen
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From the Back Cover
Scores of professional secrets for growing better vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers!
Extend your growing season and increase yields with this thorough guide to every aspect of backyard gardening!
Learn how to:
-- Grow more and better-tasting herbs and vegetables
-- Grow annuals, perennials, bulbs, even roses, in any climate
-- Landscape with shrubs, vines, and trees
-- Make compost and amend soil
-- Create indoor and outdoor container gardens
-- Cultivate bountiful berry patches and fruit orchards
You'll also find low-maintenance shortcuts and money saving solutions to dozens of common gardening problems.