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About Douglas Green
Doug Green brings a down-to-earth style and easy gardening systems to his lifetime of organic garden achievements.
A former specialist nurseryman who used to produce 1600-1800 varieties of perennials and 600-800 varieties of annuals every spring in his greenhouses, Doug closed down the nursery in 1998 to write full time.
His 2001 book, "Gardening Wisdom" won the top award for writing from the Garden Writers Association and he has done radio shows, magazine articles and even a newspaper column for over ten years. He currently writes for his own websites and ebooks as well as a few freelance opportunities that present themselves regularly.
Refusing to take himself seriously, he believes in enjoying gardens, his old British sports car and sailing.
What his friends will tell you is his books are works of love because he'd rather write and garden than do most other things.
Doug lives on an island with his heirloom vegetable expert life-partner Mayo Underwood, and is the insanely proud father of four children.
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How To Create A Stunning Shade Garden
- The simple technique in shade gardening that everybody ignores
- Two rules of watering
- How to cheat at growing under trees
- Step by step explanation about how to construct the ultimate shade garden bed that will grow all perennial shade flowers
- The ongoing maintenance of shade garden beds
- Adding soil around tree roots
- 42 Plant profiles of shade gardening plants and how to grow them.
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Do You Want A Perennial Garden That Blooms All Summer
You can instantly transform your perennial flower garden into one that blooms all summer with these landscaping ideas that work. Award winning author Doug Green uses this simple garden design system for both large and small perennial gardens to create continuous bloom from early spring until late fall. Also included is an entire section on how to use color for maximum impact. Downloadable perennial plant lists for bloom-time included.
- Downloadable lists for spring blooming, summer and fall blooming perennial plants
- Simple landscaping ideas that work to use color easily
- Easily transform your backyard landscaping ideas into a perennial garden
- Season long bloom using this simple design system
- Creating your own color combinations that work
- Making color in the garden understandable
- How to make your perennial garden stand out
- Practical garden design tips that really work
Buy this ebook right now and make your garden bloom all summer.
You Can Instantly Improve Your Garden With These Beginner Gardening Tips
What's In This Book?
- The only three things you must do to have a great garden. Ignore the rest if you have or want to.
- Two simple ways to get your soil right that take almost no work.
- The simplest way to get a garden to bloom all summer if you're using perennials.
- The ten perennials you should buy and ignore the rest if you want easy blooms.
- The myth of the cottage garden and why you can have one easily.
- Basic Pest Control and why you should relax about insects.
- Roses and what you really need to know to keep them healthy and blooming
- Simple Organic Lawn Care - it can and should be played on.
- Bulbs for Everyone. Simple tricks of the trade
- Easy Organic Gardening - compost and compost tea recipes to get you started
- Annuals - planting distances that baffle many people are laid out here
- Hanging Baskets and Containers - the three things you have to do in order to make them look good all summer
- Vegetable gardening rules of thumb. Planting distances and container vegetable gardening
- Tomatoes - growing tips to maximize your harvests.
- Herb Gardening for the home kitchen garden
Who Is This Ebook For
- It's for gardeners who want easy gardening and who want simple, clear directions on creating a garden.
- It's for people who really don't want to garden or who are just too busy to garden but who need to know the basics to keep their house looking good.
- It's for people who want a clear, no-nonsense set of directions to get them started gardening.
Who is Doug Green?
Doug has been in the nursery trade almost all his working life - as a specialist plant nursery owner for over 25 years and having worked in Canada's largest perennial nursery - he knows plants. And he continuall experiments with new plants and new techniques to grow them.
He's an award winning garden author who has been answering gardening questions and providing gardening tips and ideas to absolute beginner gardeners in his nursery, his radio programme, magazine articles and newspaper columns. Not to mention he has three large websites full of how-to gardening answers and plant profiles - all aimed at helping beginner gardeners succeed.
This ebook is a summary of all those tips - all aimed at helping you have a great garden right from the start.
Dear Fellow Gardener:You can grow a great garden on clay soils. (There I've said it because I'm doing it!)
Practical TipsThat WorkHere are the practical ways you can deal with clay soils in your garden. I give you all the options, from organic matter to digging to gypsum and even what's involved in installing drainage tiles. These are practical no-nonsense gardening techniques I learned in my own clay-soil garden.
Plant Lists for Clay SoilsIf you don't want to do any of the tough work, I list the plants that grow on clay soils - the bulbs, perennials and bigger shrubs and trees that can form a backbone of summer long blooms and shade for just about any clay soil garden.
A Practical BookThis is another practical how-to gardening ebook from this 30-year veteran of the nursery trade. From working for Canada's largest perennial nursery to owning his own specialist plant nursery, Doug has grown and experimented with thousands of plants in a variety of growing conditions.His current garden features both shallow and clay soils. Doug delivers no-nonsense, practical advice with humor to help you solve your gardening problems."I thoroughly enjoyed Doug Green's reliable and often humorous guide to basic soil science, along with the wonderful quotes that Doug gathered about soil and dirt! Love love love the home garden photographs too. Great information that will enable anyone to garden on heavy clay soils."Geri Laufer Author Tussie-Mussies: The Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers“Wish I had this book when I lived in Texas and gardened on gumbo clay! I learned by trial and error, but it was a long process. This book would have shortened the process and given more ideas.”Doreen Howard Author, Editor, Blogs at the Old Farmers Almanac"As someone who also has worked with clay (and not on a potter's wheel), I wish I had this book twenty years ago. Not only comprehensive, covering many aspects of soil, it provides excellent detail on the problem of gardening on clay."David Hobson Author Diary of a Mad Gardener
How To Grow A Stunning Perennial Flower Garden
This book takes you through all the steps for a beginner gardener to grow a stunning perennial flower garden the first time. Written by award winning author and retired nurseryman Doug Green, everything you need to know to get started is in this easy-to-understand gardening ebook.
- Soil Preparation
- Plant Choices
- Common Questions
- Plant Shopping Lists For Bloom Time
Buy this ebook right now to create your own perennial flower garden
How You Can Succeed With Easy Herb Gardening
- How To Save Time Growing Culinary Herbs
- How To Start Kitchen Herb Gardening Successfully The First Time
- How To Grow Some Herbs Indoors With These Tricks Of The Trade
- How To Keep Annual Herbs Growing When It Gets Hot
- How To Know Which Herbs To Mulch And Which To Ignore
- You Need To Know The Basics of Soils and Feeding
- How To Start Your Own Herb Seed And Save Money
- How To Plant Herbs: The Latest Research To Get Them Started Fast
- How To Make Attractive Herb Garden Markers
- How To Prune And Rejuvenate Your Old Herb Plants
- How To Succeed With Herb Gardening in Pots
- How To Dry And Preserve Your Herb Harvest
- How To Succeed With These Thirty Essential Herbs
Award winning garden author Doug Green writes this herb gardening book to teach you how to grow herbs in your own garden. As Doug points out more than once, homegrown herbs can't be beat, particularly if you're growing and following his directions for how to grow and dry herbs at home. It doesn't matter whether you're growing in a garden or herb gardening in containers, you'll know your homegrown herbs are clean and ready to eat.
From starting your own plants to overwintering your container gardens, you'll easily create your own herb garden and, more importantly, enjoy it. As Doug says, "If you're not having fun with gardening, you're doing it wrong." And that applies to herb gardening beginners as much as to experts in his opinion.
Doug and Mayo grow a wide variety of kitchen garden herbs and overwinter some of the herbs in containers in their cool basement.
This herb gardening book focuses on practical tips on gardening for beginners and dispels the myths that herbs are hard to grow.
How To Grow The Most Sensual Herb In Your Garden
- How to Grow Lavender: From light to soils and feeding
- How long does a lavender plant live?
- How to prune lavender?
- Propagating New Lavender Plants From Cuttings and Seed
- Overwintering Lavender
- Growing Lavender in Containers
- Lavender Varieties
- Getting Lavender Ready for Floral Uses
Buy this ebook right now and never lack for lavender in your garden
How-To Practical Tips for Organic Vegetable Gardening
- Two Vegetable Gardening Tips You Need
- Seven Rules of Thumb
- Zone Maps and What They Mean For Vegetable Gardening in Canada
- The Weekend Planting Rule of Thumb
- The Old Farmer Rule of Planting
- Soils and Compost (Modern Research)
- The Hard Way And The Easy Way To Improve Soil
- Mulches and Getting Rid of Myths
- How Much Water Does A Vegetable Garden Need?
- Seven Suggestions For Container Vegetable Gardening
- Problems We See in the North: From Animals to Insects
- Rules of Thumb For Identifying What's Eating Your Vegetables
- Organic Insect Control
- Getting More In Less Space
- Vegetable Gardening In The Shade
- Feeding The Vegetable Garden
- Planting Rules
- Root Patterns and Spacing
- Cool Temperature Planting and Harvesting
- Crop Rotation
- Plant Thinning
- How To Grow 37 Vegetables
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How To Really Have A Better Garden With Proven Companion Planting
New and updated companion planting charts for download are linked in this e-book.
You'll want to read the front part of the book because these contain the techniques that commercial gardeners use. Author Doug Green doesn't shy away from exploring the traditional and popular companion planting combinations - he gives the basics to you in easy to understand graphic formats.
This is an ebook that delivers science-based data along with the traditional methods on how to use plants in combinations .
If you're looking for folklore, Green has included a simple to understand graphic section of the most popular combinations.
- Introduction - wherein the author has his say
- Anecodotal evidence versus scientific evidence
- So what does work?
- Crop Rotation for Effective Companion Planting
- What is Interplanting?
- Long and Short Term Plants
- Height and Growth Patterns
- Root Patterns and Spacing
- Shade Tolerant Vegetable Companion Planting
- Traditional Companion Planting
- Vegetable Companion Planting
- Herbal Companion Planting
Click here to buy this book if you're looking for proven ways to combine plants in your garden that work.
How To Make Great Garden Compost
Garden author Doug Green answers the most often-asked reader questions about making compost. There's nothing theoretical here - it's all practical how-to information you'll need to know about making compost in your own backyard garden.
- What compost does.
- Where to compost
- Things to compost.
- So how do I exactly make compost.
- Cool composting
- Hot composting.
- When is compost ready
- What about composting leaves?
- What about composting grass clippings?
- How do I spread compost around established plants?
- What about composting diseased plants?
- What about perennial weeds?
- Does the compost pile have to be in the sun to heat up?
- What about weed seeds?
- What about hard stems or woody prunings?
- Can I add animal manure?
- Can I add sawdust and wood shavings?
- Can compost get too hot?
- Is garden compost the same as bagged manure in a garden center?
- Does a compost pile breed pests?
- Does a compost pile attract rodents?
- Does a compost pile attract animals?
- Do I need special equipment such as thermometers?
- Will I get sick from handling compost?
- What about composting plants with toxic leaves?
- Why are there ants or fruit flies in my compost pile?
- I have a compost pile and it keeps shrinking.
- There are wasps in my compost, what do I do?
- What about commercial compost accelerators?
- I hear about ratios of carbon and nitrogen, what's this?
- Compost making systems
- Sheet composting
- Choosing your own system
- So what is compost tea?
- Compost tea is not..
- A simple recipe for making compost tea
- Spreading compost tea
- Does compost tea stop leaf disease?
- Do you really have to test the soil.
- Will compost eventually break down hard-pan clay soils?
- Do I have to replace the soil in my yard to improve it?
- How can you ever make enough compost?
- The bottom of my compost/manure bin is stinky, why?
- Adding wood chips and sawdust to soil.
- Do I need to clear away the mulch before I add compost to the soil?
- What are your thoughts on compost accelerators?
- What is the best way to improve clay soil with lots of rock?
- Is there a way to make compost tea without an air pump?
- What about liquifying vegetable & fruit scraps with water and pouring around plants.
- When the compost bin is full how long do I have to let it sit.
- Tree roots get into my compost pile.
Dear Fellow Gardener:
Do you want bushels of ripe, juicy tomatoes from your own backyard?
Are you tired of the false Internet tips that never seem to work the way the Net promises?
As a former pro-grower, I still follow the latest tips on really getting extra pounds of fruit from each plant. And now, you can grow massive crops of great tomatoes as well by following these tools and tips for success.
I also updated it to include the latest research notes to help you take your tomato gardening to the next level.
It dispels the common garden "fake news" about Epsom salts and milk powder as remedies for the black spots on the bottom of your tomatoes.
- Planting - where, when to how - all the details you really need to understand
- Spacing for maximum harvests depending on garden space
- Glossary - all the strange terms nurseries use
- How to improve your soil for tomatoes (and other vegetables too)
- Growing tomatoes in containers: pro tips
- Why you really want to mulch your tomatoes
- Organic mulches versus plastic mulches
- Pruning for maximum harvests
- Staking versus cages versus growing without support
- How to feed your tomatoes for maximum harvests
- The role of organic matter in the life of a tomato
- Getting earlier crops than the neighbors
- Tomato problems: from insects to disease and their solutions
- Problem summary charts to make it easier
- Questions readers have asked over the years
- New! Tips from Research On How To Improve Harvests
Doug Green has been in the gardening and nursery trade for over 30 years, growing just about every kind of plant you can imagine. For more years than he cares to admit, he grew a fall crop of tomatoes in his greenhouses for sales to local stores. His own gardening is organic and this was how he grew his plants - safe to eat for his family and neighbors. Green learned the tricks of the trade from the professionals and turned many of these techniques into home garden practices increasing his backyard yields to feed his own family on smaller numbers of plants and to increase his reputation as a lazy gardener always looking for maximum yields with minimum work.
Want free plants for your garden?
You'll learn the simple tricks to fill your garden with free plants from retired nurseryman and award winning garden author Doug Green. You'll get all the simple plant propagation techniques for most common garden plants.
- You can easily get more roses, clematis, shrubs, climbing vines, perennials and even houseplants like spider plants or jade plants with simple, low cost tools
- Most people don't focus on the things that matter (soil heat and moisture loss) and consequently needlessly fail. You won't after reading.
- Roses are seen as "hard" to do from cuttings but Green tells you exactly how to know when roses in your area are ready to propagate (it's all in the thorns).
- Vines such as clematis are easy with this old-but-gold simple technique ignored by modern nurseries but a mainstay of historic nurseries and home gardeners.
These are the tricks of the trade passed along by a master plantsman who used to propagate over 2000 varieties of perennials, vines and annuals in his nursery every year.
Buy this ebook to get your garden plants for free.