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By Steven A. Frowine with the Editors of the National Gardening Association
Gardening is one of the most popular pastimes in the nation (more than 75% of Americans enjoy it) but for many people, planning and maintaining a healthy garden can seem overwhelming. That's where the newly published Gardening Basics For Dummies (Wiley, February 2007, $21.99) can help! It's packed with fun tips and easy-to-follow instructions that can help both new and experienced gardeners succeed. The book includes guidance for growing flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and lawns. Especially helpful are step-by-step plans for all types of gardens - from organic vegetable plots and regional gardens to butterfly habitats and children's gardens. This handy guide provides important information on safe pest control, weed management and solutions to common gardening challenges. In addition, Gardening Basics For Dummies covers new tools and other products that make gardening easier.
Written in plain English and presented in a user-friendly format, Gardening Basics For Dummies starts with a quick lesson on the nomenclature and anatomy of plants, then moves into the initial steps of garden planning: choosing a space, deciding on a garden style, and budgeting. Chapter 3 helps you locate your plant hardiness zone so that you can identify plants that will grow best in your climate. To help you gather the right gear for your gardening needs, Chapter 5 helps you choose tools, from shovels to hedge shears. Additional chapters of Gardening Basics For Dummies offer the nuts and bolts of growing specific perennials, bulbs, and roses, as well as vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries, and nuts. In short, you'll learn how to:
Like all For Dummies® books, Gardening Basics For Dummies concludes with ″The Part of Tens,″ including ″Ten Common Questions from (and Ten Common Answers for) Gardening Beginners″ and ″Ten Quick, Fun, or Handy Garden Projects,″ such as setting up a hammock or laying steppingstones. The trusty ″Cheat Sheet″ at the front of the book includes a guide to fertilizers and a list of plants that are better off in the shade.
About the Authors
Steven A. Frowine is a noted professional horticulturist, avid lifelong gardener and passionate garden communicator. The National Gardening Association (NGA), founded in 1972, is a nonprofit leader in plant-based education. NGA's mission is to advance the personal, community, and educational benefits of gardening by supporting gardeners, communities, and teachers with information and resources. For more information, visit www.garden.org.
About For Dummies
With near universal name recognition, more than 150 million books in print, and over 1,000 topics, For Dummies is the world's bestselling reference series. With loyal customers around the globe, For Dummies enriches people's lives by making knowledge accessible in a fun and easy way. Described by the N.Y. Times as ″more than a publishing phenomenon, but a sign of the times,″ For Dummies span every section of the bookstore, covering everything from health to history, music to math, sports to self-help, technology to travel, and more. The Dummies brand franchise has expanded with an extensive licensed product line, including DVDs, software, consumer electronics, cooking, cleaning and automotive products, craft and hobby kits, games and more. For information, visit Dummies.com. For Dummies is a branded imprint of Wiley. To see other For Dummies titles, go to www.dummies.com