"e;God almighty first planted a garden: and, indeed, it is the purestof human pleasures."e; --Sir Francis Bacon National surveys show that gardening has become the mostpopular, least exclusive hobby nationwide. From the balconies ofManhattan to the patios of Malibu to the backyards of Chicago,anybody with a few square feet of earth is doing their best to maketheir little corner of the world more gracious and beautiful. Andthe best thing is, you really don't have to be born with a greenthumb to give life to a glorious garden. Anybody can do it with alittle coaching. Which is where Gardening All-in-One ForDummies comes in.Puzzled by pruning? Baffled by bulbs? Can't tell a hosta from ahyacinth? Don’t worry! This all-in-one reference delivers theknow-how you need to transform your little patch of the outdoorsinto a blooming paradise. Drawing upon the expertise of theNational Gardening Association, it gets you up to speed on:Basic gardening skills—from understanding yourmicroclimate to using gardening tools to managing pests and commonplant diseasesHow to design, plan and build a garden landscape that reflectsyour unique sense of styleSelecting, planting and maintaining stunning rosesBuilding a raised bed for your perennials and making them bloomin any climateChoose, grow and maintain annualsFrom amaryllis to spider dahlias to wood tulips—coaxingbeauty from homely bulbsEnjoying nature’s bounty by growing you own vegetablesand herbsA veritable encyclopedia of gardening, this GardeningAll-in-One For Dummies is an indispensable resource for novicesand experienced gardeners alike. It brings together between thecovers of a single volume seven great books covering:Gardening BasicsGarden DesignRosesPerennialsAnnualsBulbsVegetables and HerbsYour one-step guide to a beautiful garden, GardeningAll-in-One For Dummies shows you how to experience the“purest of human pleasures” in your own backyard.
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