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The Big Book of Gardening Secrets Paperback – January 2, 1998

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1St Edition edition (January 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580170005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580170000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,113,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many new "secrets" and some old-fashioned "tricks of the trade," and nearly all of them are not harmful to home-bodies of ALL types. No need for Agent Orange or other harsh stupid chemical. My wife and I have lost five lilac bushes to the herbicides used by lawn services in our area, and there are some viable alternatives that are entirely safe for humans and their animal friends.
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A wonderful book full of solid gardening secrets that everyone who has a desire to grow anything can benefit from. Written in down to earth layman's language The Big Book of Gardening has something for everyone: warm-season, cold-season, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, herb gardens.
In our spinning world today drops much that was good and proven behind in order to grasp the ever frenzied world of commerce and technology. Yet, many today desire to regain what was left behind, once such touchstone is nature. The natural world holds out secrets to those with eyes to see. The unfolding of a seed in to a plant that declares with flowers its eternal triumph over death is one such enlightenment.
If you are going to get one garden book this year get The Big Book of Gardening Secrets by Charles W.G. Smith; you will be wonderful pleased at the new insights that Smith give you and your garden will sing your praises in higher yields of both herbs, flowers and vegetables. Highly recommended.
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This book contains very little in the form of gardening secrets. It does tell you all about various plants, what their characteristics are, and gives guidelines with regards to zoning and such, but I've yet to find an answer to a gardening question or dilemma when consulting this book. For example, here's an excerpt from a supposed "troubleshooting" table for vegetable problems: "Peppers -- problem: sunscald of fruit. cause: inadequate shading of fruit by leaves, often noticed after defoliation of plant during hot, dry weather." Great, so where's the troubleshooting? What should I do to prevent this? What's the practical solution? Where's the 'secret'?
Overall, very unimpressed with this informational book. It's fine if you want to learn about various plants, but not very practical for the gardener trying to yield a successful harvest.
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