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How To Grow Practically Everything [Hardcover]

Dorling Kindersley
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I've been perusing seed catalogues since early January, made my final decisions in February and the seeds arrived this month. I'll be starting some of them indoors and hopefully the snow finally leaves so I can get started!

The other book I've been perusing is How to Grow Practically Everything from Dorling Kindersley. And this is a book I will be continually perusing - there is so much information! My main focus for years has been my vegetable garden, but I've been mentally planning flower beds for ages. All I need to know is found on these pages.

The book starts off with the basics - plant types,soil,tools and seasonal tasks. And here's where I've been drooling - tons of plans for different types of flower beds- there were literally 36 different styles each incorporating a distinctive look. I'm leaning towards a 'cottage' look. Check out one of the styles here.

No room for beds? Another whole section on container gardening. When I was younger and lived in the city I did grow tomatoes on my balcony. And one interesting experiment with potatoes on a window sill in the winter that my room mate questioned. Both plants and veggies are covered. Foolproof directions for seeds that can't fail (great for a little one to plant and watch grow) pot selections and more - all included.

Not just plants are covered - trees and hedges are featured as well. Many of these ideas incorporate structures as well - trellises, obelisks and rockery walls. Next up was my favourite section - fruits and veggies. There's always more to learn.

This was something that I thought I would like to do in the future as well - water gardening. I would love to sit beside a little burbling pond and relax. How-to's for the pond and plants that would thrive included.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ADDITION TO MY GARDENING AND PLANT LIBRARY. June 15 2011
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What a delightful and useful book this one has been. I love to garden, love to grow plants and enjoy flowering plants, vegetable gardening and above all flowers. I singlehandedly have been the direct cause for killing literally thousands of plants in my lifetime but hey, I keep trying. I probably own at least 50 different books on raising plants of all sorts and find useful information in all of them.

The book being reviewed here, `How to Grow Practically Everything,' is one of the most useful books on my shelf. It is easy to understand and covers a tremendous amount of information. As to how to grow the plants...this information is all pretty standard stuff that can be found in most good plant books. What separates this book from the pack though is that it is one of the most innovative books I have read on the subject of landscaping, containers, raised beds, and cost/time saving techniques.

This book give great step by step instructions form selecting the plants, preparing for planting, planting and care after they have sprouted. Care an maintenance of orchards are covered as well as great ways to grow mushrooms. Designing and maintaining a wildlife garden is covered better than in most of the other works I have read...Not only do the ideas given work, but they are quite attractive.

Creative containers, Gardening basics, beautiful beds, structural features of a plethora of gardens, fruit and vegetables, wildlife gardening, plants for your home and plant care are all skillfully, thoroughly and professionally addressed.

The only weakness I found in the book was the fact that they give only a passing nod to cactus and succulents; plants I specialize in as I find them the most difficult to kill off. That is okay as I have numerous books addressing those categories of plants.

This is most certainly a gardening book; a plant book, that you will want to add to your library. I have learned much from this work.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a beginning (or advanced) gardener! March 3 2012
By TreasDev - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We're adding to existing landscaping this summer, and I needed some tips and tricks for my yard.

I come from a family of landscapers, gardeners and plant enthusiasts, and spend each spring DYING to get out in the yard. I realized last summer that I lacked some knowledge and decided to go back to the basics. I ordered this book thanks to some great reviews and haven't yet been disappointed. It has a little bit of everything. Great advice, great ideas and great photographs. Be warned though---there's a chapter devoted to growing fruit trees in buckets. Unless you're an experienced gardener, that chapter contains some fairly impossible advice. Fruit trees grown in containers like the ones they show will require repotting each year and regular infusions of fertilizer. You will literally need to babysit them-clean out their pots, remove the dirt from their roots, repot them, and hope they don't die-once every year. If you live in a zone 7 or hotter, don't do it unless you're either A) a seriously committed gardening enthusiast, B) a fruit tree expert, or C) crazy.

Otherwise, great material. Just be cautious and double check your info with professionals (those kids at Lowe's and Home Depot who are working for the summer in the Garden Center don't count as experts) before you commit to any large scale projects. This is true of any gardening or landscaping book you might purchase.

Overall, I give it a 4/5 because it's such a great book to have in your collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to grow practically anything Oct. 5 2011
By huiabird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of the most interesting gardening books that I have read, every time i pick it up and browse at a page their is so much information. I even took it to work and showed one of the Young drivers, (both of us bus drivers) and he too is going to purchase one. excellent book, only one thing missing for us Down Under folks, nothing for growing advocado, not to worry. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know March 19 2011
By TCinHV - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I dont have green fingers but this book is a dream. great ideas, great information, well informed and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you consider yourself a gardener. June 12 2010
By Philip Bauerle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book tells you how to grow practically everything. This book does not only instruct you on beautiful garden design, but also gives background and growing information on how to properly care for the plants in the gardens. The pictures appropriately display the creative garden designs in the book and allow the reader to recreate them. There are instructions on how to design raised beds, how to grow potatoes in bags, weave a willow tunnel, and grow many things in containers as well as how to perform general garden tasks such as pruning and propagating. This book is a great book for beginners or experts and is likely to even revive an interest in gardening in a time-proven brown thumb. (Plenty of these projects can be done together by members of garden clubs). This book will keep the gardeners in your life occupied.
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