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Thoughtful Gardening: Practical Gardening in Harmony with Nature Hardcover – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Trust; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905400942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905400942
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,504,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“He who gardens best, gardens least” may be a surprising attitude for someone who cares for one of Britain’s grandest gardens, but National Trust Head Gardener Ikin firmly believes in the practice of minimal intervention when it comes to his craft. At a time when increasingly sophisticated gadgets, toxic chemicals, and invasive plants are being introduced into the horticultural marketplace, Ikin alternatively espouses a more simple and considered approach that can only come about after a gardener has mastered the essentials of good garden stewardship. In a plainly written and thoroughly accessible guide, Ikin comprehensively but succinctly covers essential topics such as organic ways to develop healthy soil, including nutrients, composting, and mulches; efficient management of water resources; ecologically sound pest management and disease control; establishment of natural wildlife habitats; and proper plant selection and placement. Accompanied by charming watercolor illustrations, Ikin’s user-friendly guidebook is a worthy basic primer for beginning gardeners and a welcome refresher course for more experienced hands. --Carol Haggas

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

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By Janet K Hoadley on November 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Easy read but chock full of information from pest control to garden tips. The resources and much information is UK origin, so can be questioned by US readers, but there is a great deal of information that applies on both sides of the water. Complete, well balanced way of giving choices and options and allowing the reader to decide best course of action for them.
In full disclosure, I read through NetGalley but it's a book that will be a part of my collection to refer to again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
A practical guide for the novice or more experienced garden; get advice if you are clueless or confirm what you already knew! With enjoyable hand drawn illustrations.
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By Crystal Hall on September 8, 2014
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I LOVE THE BOOK BUT I SAW IT FIRST AT LIBRARY!!!!
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