• Garden design & planning
      January 2010

      THE FRUIT & VEGETABLE GARDENER

      The complete practical guide to kitchen gardening, from planning and planting to harvesting and storing

      by Richard Bird

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    • Garden design & planning
      January 2010

      THE GARDEN PLANNER

      Innovative designs for small spaces

      by Peter G. McHoy

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    • Garden design & planning
      January 2010

      Pruning, Training & Topiary

      How to prune and train trees, shrubs, hedges, topiary, tree and soft fruit, climbers and roses

      by Richard Bird

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    • Garden design & planning
      September 2013

      An Illustrated A-Z Guide to Houseplants

      Everything you need to know to identify, choose and care for 350 of the most popular houseplants

      by Peter McHoy

      Houseplants are available in all kinds of beautiful forms: glossy evergreens, feathery ferns, elegant palms, fascinating cacti, eye-catching flowers, and those with pretty foliage. Just like garden plants, some like sun, some like shade, some like humidity, and some prefer a cool atmosphere. This book is a comprehensive visual guide to 350 of the most popular varieties, enabling you to identify and grow them with confidence. It offers advice on positioning, feeding, watering and propagation, ensuring that you get problem-free growth and the greatest possible pleasure from each specimen. This handsome book is a must for everyone who loves indoor gardening. AN ILLUSTRATED A CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      October 2007

      How to Create a Wildlife Garden

      Complete instructions for designing and planting wildlife habitats, with over 40 practical projects, a directory of 70 wildlife species and 800 photographs

      by Christine Michael Lavelle

      In this award-winning book, Christine and Michael Lavelle give advice on creating and caring for a range of garden types, showing how simple techniques will allow you to have a dazzling display while helping native wildlife. Easy-to-follow instructions on basic techniques are backed up with advice on planning and designing, showing how we can share our outdoor space with wildlife. In addition, the book shows how to encourage beneficial garden species and deal with the problematic species that enter our gardens. With its wealth of hands-on practical advice and inspirational photography, this is the ideal sourcebook for first-time gardeners, those wishing to use the techniques in an existing garden and dedicated wildlife enthusiasts everywhere. How to Create a Wildlife Garden Complete instructions for designing and planting wildlife habitats, with over 40 practical projects, a directory of 70 wildlife species and 800 photographs Christine and Michael Lavelle CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      January 2008

      A Practical Guide to Japanese Gardening

      An inspirational and practical guide to creating the Japanese garden style, from design options and materials to planting techniques and decorative features

      by Charles Chesshire

      This exciting new guide offers clear, practical advice on how to create your own Japanese-style garden. After giving historical background and context, this book explores the five main Japanese gardening styles: pond gardens, dry gardens, tea gardens, stroll gardens and courtyard gardens. It provides all of the essential information on standard features, composition and key themes of each of the five styles in turn, and then for each one presents the planning and construction of a sequence of three project features, resulting in a final garden composition in that style. The plant directory that follows details the various types of plants with advice on flowering habits, key growth stages and hardiness, while the final section explains the maintenance of the Japanese garden including a practical calendar of care. Whether you want to develop a stroll garden in a large natural space, or a small dry garden with a pathway, raked gravel and minimal plants and rocks, A Practical Guide to Japanese Gardening is your essential companion. A Practical Guide to Japanese Gardening An inspirational and practical guide to creating the Japanese garden style, from design options and materials to planting techniques and decorative features Charles Chesshire CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      March 2008

      The Low-Water No-Water Garden

      Gardening for drought and heat the Mediterranean way: a practical guide with 500 stunning colour photographs

      by Pattie Barron

      Using the native Mediterranean garden as a model, Pattie Barron shows how gardening in today's ever hotter and drier conditions need not be a barrier to enjoyment, success and creativity. The Mediterranean style is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who like their plants spirited and their flower-bed exuberant. The Low-Water No-Water Garden shows you how to plant the real thing wherever you live, adapting the soil in your garden and using Mediterranean plants for a glorious garden that is just the right side of profusion. Mediterranean plants are drought-proof by nature, excellent for the increasingly dry, hot summers we are all experiencing. They are mostly evergreen, so there is never a lean season. Their robust, aromatic foliage shrugs off pests and diseases. They are also low-maintenance, needing no staking, watering, feeding or complex pruning. The Low-Water No-Water Garden Gardening for drought and heat the Mediterranean way: a practical guide with 500 stunning colour photographs Pattie Barron CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      July 2008

      The Visual Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

      A practical guide to choosing the best plants for all types of garden, with 2500 entries and 1000 photographs

      by Andrew Mikolajski

      Designed to be read for pleasure as well as for reference, this book offers reader-friendly plant descriptions without the use of horticultural jargon. Many of the photographs were specially commissioned and clearly show the plants described. Split into two sections, one on staple garden plants, such as trees and shrubs, the other on more specialised plants, such as cacti and orchids, the book is also divided into plant categories. Within these categories, the entries are arranged alphabetically, enabling the reader to go straight to the plant that interests them. Simple care and maintenance guidelines are also given for each, enabling any gardener to enjoy and benefit from this beautifully illustrated reference book. The Visual Encyclopedia of Garden Plants A practical guide to choosing the best plants for all types of garden, with 2500 entries and 1000 photographs Andrew Mikolajski CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      October 2008

      The Complete Practical Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening

      An inspiring sourcebook of classic and modern garden designs, with ideas and practical techniques to suit enclosed outdoor spaces of every shape and size

      by Joan Clifton Jenny Hendy

      This sumptuous new book is packed with creative ideas for making a successful outside courtyard space. An introductory section gives practical advice on assessing a site, freshening up existing tired elements and basic planting techniques. Successive chapters on specific styles each look at flooring, walls and screens, plants and containers, ornament and water features, and lighting. Each chapter includes a case study with a detailed colour plan explaining the dynamics of the designed space, and how specific elements were achieved. The plant directory then gives a comprehensive listing of options, each entry complete with propagation, growth patterns, and ideal conditions. The final section on maintenance shows how to keep your courtyard looking its best, including deadheading, watering and repainting fencing and trellis. The Complete Practical Guide to Patio, Terrace, Backyard & Courtyard Gardening An inspiring sourcebook of classic and modern garden designs, with ideas and practical techniques to suit enclosed outdoor spaces of every shape and size Joan Clifton and Jenny Hendy CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      May 2010

      The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of 1001 Garden Questions Answered

      Expert solutions to everyday gardening dilemmas, with an easy-to-follow directory and over 700 colour photographs

      by Andrew Mikolajski

      This easy-to-read gardening companion will help to demystify some of the common problems gardeners face, offering explanations and solutions that are easy to put into practice. From general queries that require large-scale planning, such as how to decide where to site a patio, to specific queries, for example, about how to prune a clematis, this handy volume offers invaluable guidance and suggestions for successful gardening. Each chapter looks at a different aspect of gardening, so finding solutions to particular problems will be straightforward. All terminology is clearly explained, so whether your question is general or specific, this comprehensive volume will help you to find a solution. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of 1001 Garden Questions Answered Expert solutions to everyday gardening dilemmas, with an easy-to-follow directory and over 700 colour photographs Andrew Mikolajski CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      March 2010

      The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kid's First Gardening Book

      Fantastic gardening ideas for 5-12 year olds, from growing fruit and vegetables and fun with flowers to wildlife gardening and craft projects

      by Jenny Hendy

      This exciting new book contains more than 150 projects suitable for every child from 5 to 12. An introduction covers all the basics, and eight handson project chapters then follow, covering everyday techniques, edible treats, flower power, craft projects, wildlife gardening and indoor gardening. Clear instructions and more than 900 stunning colour photographs make following the projects easy, while expert tips and growing ideas provide inspiration and encourage experimentation. Invaluable CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      August 2009

      Garden Planner: A Practical Book Collection

      How to plan and plant the perfect garden in two inspirational and easy-to-use volumes, includes 50 plans and step-by-step advice shown in more than 1000 photographs

      by Peter McHoy

      Garden Planner: A Practical Book Collection How to plan and plant the perfect garden in two inspirational and easy-to-use volumes, includes 50 plans and step-by-step advice shown in more than 1000 photographs Peter McHoy

    • Garden design & planning
      August 2009

      The Complete Practical Gardening Book Collection

      A how-to library of ten step-by-step books on planting for every type of garden, terrace and container, as well as easy pruning, seasonal tasks and quick techniques

      by Andrew Mikolajski, Jackie Matthews Richard Bird

      Planning and maintaining a successful garden

    • Garden design & planning
      March 2010

      The Indoor Gardener

      Creative designs for plants in the home, with 125 inspirational pictures

      by Diana Yakele

      In this beautiful book, Diana Yakeley shows how to choose and use plants to the best effect, taking into account scale and proportion, style and placement, form and shape, colour, scent and texture. A section on interior ideas explores a range of different rooms and the plants that are most suited to them. There then follows a chapter on planting schemes, including 6 step-by-step projects that reveal how to create your own special displays. The practical aspects of indoor gardening are covered in the final chapter, which contains information on light levels and humidity, potting and pruning, problem busting, containers and tools. There is also a directory, which gives detailed horticultural information on a range of different plants. The Indoor Gardener Creative designs for plants in the home, with 125 inspirational pictures Diana Yakeley, with photography by Caroline Arber CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      June 2012

      THE ILLUSTRATED WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF APPLES

      A comprehensive identification guide to over 400 varieties accompanied by 90 scrumptious recipes

      by Andrew Mikolajski

      The first section of this book offers an insight into the significance of the apple in history. It then gives a botanical overview of the fruit and explains how to plant, nurture and cultivate your own apple harvest. The directory section features a unique photographic collection of over 400 internationally grown varieties. Apples are listed alphabetically from Acme to Zoete Ermgaard. The versatile apple is a popular ingredient in many tasty recipes, and a collection of classic sweet and savoury apple recipes is featured. Dishes include Curried Apple Soup, Scallops with Apple Mash, Pumpkin and Apple Risotto, Baked Apples, and Apple Crumble. THE ILLUSTRATED WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF APPLES A comprehensive identification guide to over 400 varieties accompanied by 90 scrumptious recipes Andrew Mikolajski CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      February 2011

      The Gardener's Guide to Propagation

      Step-by-step instructions for creating plants for free, from propagating seeds and cuttings to dividing, layering and grafting, with 1100 photographs

      by Richard Rosenfeld

      This beautiful book begins with techniques for growing plants from seed. Next, there are instructions for taking cuttings from established plants and taking leaf and root cuttings

    • Garden design & planning
      April 2011

      The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors

      How to maintain a beautiful outside space with ease and safety in later years, with 900 photographs

      by Patty Cassidy

      Tending our gardens is a lifelong pleasure. As we age, our energy and physical abilities become more limited. But gardens are magical, evolving places, with the potential to keep us young at heart, physically fit, out in the fresh air and full to the brim with joy and expectation. This ground-breaking book shows how easy it is for older people to carry on gardening. The different kinds of garden set-up are considered first, along with planning decisions and how best to keep safe and comfortable. An informative chapter looks at the main gardening activities and appropriate equipment, especially those that answer physical limitations. Different styles of garden are then presented: flower, vegetable, fruit, raised, herb, patio, vertical and indoor gardens, each one including projects and techniques, from building a raised bed to growing potatoes in containers. The final chapter is a directory that profiles the many planting choices available. Packed with projects, garden plans and step-by-step sequences designed for older gardeners who may not be able to exert themselves in the same way as they once could, this will appeal to active gardeners in their early retirement through to seniors with more limited abilities, and show how gardening can be a lifelong pleasure. The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors How to maintain a beautiful outside space with ease and safety in later years, with 900 photographs Patty Cassidy CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      February 2011

      The Complete Illustrated Guide to Japanese Gardening and Growing Bonsai

      Essential advice, step-by-step techniques and projects, plans, plant listings and over 1500 photographs and illustrations

      by Charles Chesshire Ken Norman

      Japanese gardening and bonsai are horticultural disciplines where natural elements are formed for visual effect. Part one looks at the history, inspiration and method of Japanese gardening, and introduces the five styles. Chapters covering the classic features include step-by-step sequences such as moving rocks and boulders and making a dry waterfall. 15 projects show how to form the basis of the five garden styles, followed by a plant directory. Part two looks at the growth of trees and shrubs in miniature. Find the best bonsai forms, the importance of size and display and admire a gallery of over 40 specimens. Techniques include shoot pinching and shaping by wiring and advanced skills such as creating sharimiki. 15 popular shapes are demonstrated, from formal upright to twisted trunk. A directory lists species for indoor and outdoor use and advice on maintenance. Illustrated with over 1500 step-by-step shots, illustrations and photographs, this will give you the practical expertise to master these garden arts. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Japanese Gardening and Growing Bonsai Essential advice, step-by-step techniques and projects, plans, plant listings and over 1500 photographs and illustrations Charles Chesshire and Ken Norman CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      February 2013

      THE COMPLETE PRACTICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BONSAI

      The essential step-by-step guide to creating, growing and displaying bonsai with over 800 photographs

      by Ken Norman

      Bonsai, an ancient tradition with its origins in China, was developed as a fine art form in Japan. It is a fascinating CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Garden design & planning
      March 2010

      The Practical Step-By-Step Book of Allotment Gardening

      The complete guide to growing fruit, vegetables and herbs on an allotment, packed with easy-to-follow advice and illustrated with more than 800 photographs

      by Christine Michael Lavelle

      In this new book, experts Michael and Christine Lavelle guide the budding allotmenteer through every step, from applying and early planning to planting and harvesting. Information on tools, equipment and soil management follows, along with a chapter on what to grow where, crop rotation, companion planning and growing both outdoors and in a greenhouse. Techniques such as sowing, propagation, feeding, watering, pruning, harvesting and storage are examined with easy-to-follow instructions and examples. Directories of vegetables, fruit and herbs outline the specific requirements of different crops while a section on plant health helps to deal with common pests and diseases and carry out weed management. A season-by-season calendar of care then presents an at-a-glance checklist of what to sow, plant out and harvest for every stage in the gardening year. The Practical Step-By-Step Book of Allotment Gardening The complete guide to growing fruit, vegetables and herbs on an allotment, packed with easy-to-follow advice and illustrated with more than 800 photographs Christine and Michael Lavelle CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

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