Are you being bullied by a mollusc that slimes all over your garden and munches through your favourite delphinium? Are you worried about using slug pellets for fear of endangering local wildlife? Take a stand against slugs with 50 alternative, organic, natural, chemical and humane solutions to slug problems. Trick, flick and frighten slugs out of your garden, leaving you with pest-free plants. Stop slugs in their tracks and make slimy trails a thing of the past.
Author: Robert Pavlis
Garden Myths examines over 120 horticultural urban legends. Turning wisdom on its head, Robert Pavlis dives deep into traditional garden advice and debunks the myths and misconceptions that abound. He asks critical questions and uses science-based information to understand plants and their environment. Armed with the truth, Robert then turns this knowledge into easy-to-follow advice. - Is fall the best time to clean the garden? - Do bloom boosters work?- Will citronella plants reduce mosquitoes in the garden?- Do pine needles acidify soil?- Should tomatoes be suckered?- Should trees be staked at planting time? - Can burlap keep your trees warm in winter?- Will a pebble tray increase humidity for houseplants? "Garden Myths is a must-read for anyone who wants to use environmentally sound practices. This fascinating and informative book will help you understand plants better, reduce unnecessary work, convince you to buy fewer products and help you enjoy gardening more."
A Slow Passion
Author: Ruth Brooks
Publisher: A&C Black
One woman's investigation into the whys and wherefores of snails.
The Little Book of Slugs
Author: Allan Shepherd, Suzanne Gallant
Publisher: CAT Publications
The Little Book of Slugs arose out of the Centre for Alternative Technology's Bug-the-Slug campaign. It collects over 70 different organic solutions to the slug problem, distilled from over 300 professional and leisure gardeners. As well as organic methods to combat the slug, it includes details of slug lifestyles, habits and eating preferences, and information on reported problems associated with chemical controls.
Utilizing a handy, field guide style, this book on growing marijuana is divided into five sections by problem type: Pests, Diseases, Environmental Stresses, Nutrient Deficiencies and Controls. Problems are alphabetised within each section and identified in full-colour photographs. A quick overview of potential problems and their likely causes is followed by the author's recommendation of easy solutions.
Seeing gardening as a serious and even outrageous art form has placed Anne Wareham well outside of what usually passes for discussion of gardens. Impatient with received ideas, eager to provoke, The Bad-Tempered Gardener is the story of her development as a thinking gardener and the creation with her husband, Charles Hawes, of their acclaimed garden in the Welsh borders, the Veddw. From the strange (plant obsessives, a bizarre debut as a television presenter) to the everyday (deadheading, sharing a garden), with frequent paeans to favourite plants and thoughtful pieces on show gardens and status, this is an intelligent, pugnacious and engaging book. It also unflinchingly conveys the challenges, the hard work, triumphs and failures behind the creation and development of a substantial contemporary garden.
The Bug Book
Author: Sue Fliess
Grab your bucket and join the search for all the cool bugs outside! This fun rhyming story lists all the bugs you can imagine—creep bugs, climb bugs, sticky-slime bugs! Discover the vast world of insects in this photo-filled book.
Author: Anne Wareham
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
If you have ever waged war against the local squirrels to prevent them from ransacking your garden, you will know that they are wily beasts who can find loopholes in the most cunning of defences. Capable of remarkable feats of tightrope walking and problem-solving, they are formidable enemies indeed - and that's not to mention the many other pests who can torment the optimistic gardener, from slugs and snails to moles and deer and from bugs and weevils to fungus and blight . . . Anne Wareham has compiled a brisk, but comprehensive guide to recommended anti-pest strategems, including ingenious tricks to keep squirrels from eating all the seed when the feeders fail, and when to tie your sunflowers on to the shed roof. Always a realist, Anne is willing to admit that some pests simply can't be beaten and to advise when you should grow a different plant rather than prolonging the fight. And her range of garden foes extends beyond the natural world, with advice on how to resist fatuous horticultural trends and ignore 'people of unlike mind'. This is an honest, humorous book of advice which will be appreciated by amateur and professional gardeners alike.
Provides information about the most common home-grown vegetables, describing techniques for growing healthy plants and for treating diseases and pests with effective organic solutions.
Raised Bed Gardening
Author: Timothy Tripp
Publisher: Speedy Publishing LLC
Raised bed gardening is the type of gardening wherein the soil bed is raised for about 6 inches or waist high before planting. Unlike traditional gardening, raised bed gardening is not directly planting the crops on the ground but creating boxes of plots first before planting. There are many advantages of raised bed gardening and one of the main advantages is the fact that it offers stress-free planting and harvesting of the crops. Since the soil bed is raised waist high, gardeners do not have to bend down much in order to plant or harvest their crops.
The Deckchair Gardener
Author: Anne Wareham
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
A Guide to What Not to Do in Your Garden. Gardening is widely regarded as one of life's great joys. However, you might not feel that way if you pay too much attention to the experts: every garden magazine and newspaper relentlessly publishes hectoring instructions telling you what you must do in your garden this week or this month, to the point where your garden can become a source of constant stress or wasted energy. Rather than add to the pile of suggested drudgery, this book is instead dedicated to relieving you of pointless and unnecessary garden work, and suggesting easy and pleasant ways to look after your little patch of paradise.
Dead Snails Leave No Trails
Author: Loren Nancarrow, Janet Hogan Taylor
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
This comprehensive guide to controlling pests in your home and garden (and even on your pets!) is packed with simple and effective ways to avoid chemical pesticides that can kill off beneficial insects and keep useful reptiles and birds from making anyone's yard their home. Let nature's balance work to your advantage with plants that attract helpful insects and repel destructive ones, all-purpose pest repellants like garlic and chile peppers, and beneficial creatures like bats, green lacewings, hummingbirds, and lizards. Includes safe methods for eliminating ants, roaches, and rodents; ways to get rid of fleas and other critters that plague pets; and even a buying guide to the beneficial organisms you want in your garden (whether you know it or not). From the Trade Paperback edition.
• How to maintain environmental balance and attract wildlife • Applies to all backyard gardens, large and small with specific information on creating ponds and other water features • Accessible gardening tips for seniors and people with disabilities Many people approach gardening as a constant struggle with the outside world. They're perpetually at war with nature, investing in weed killers and fighting off deer and birds, all in an effort to preserve their garden as a pristine patch of earth. Marlene A. Condon proposes a radically different method: What if, instead of battling the natural world, we invite it into our backyards? The result is the nature-friendly garden, which attracts and meets the needs of common creatures--rabbits, toads, insects, squirrels, owls, and so on--while maintaining a thriving, varied landscape of flowers and plants. And as this thought-provoking guide demonstrates, coexisting with nature doesn't mean turning your yard into a bramble-infested wilderness. The sustainable, low-impact garden described in these pages is a model of environmental balance, fostering species diversity while keeping wildlife damage and invasive plant growth at an acceptable minimum. Best of all, it offers a privileged look at the workings of nature, and its advice on observing wildlife is sure to open up a new and fascinating world for even the most experienced gardener.
Growing a pretty garden doesn't have to cost a pretty penny--learn how to create a low-cost garden using a little elbow grease, a lot of creativity, and this book. Gardening on a Shoestring will ease the tension on any gardener's pocketbook, while inspiring them with fun, creative projects for up-cycling, gardening ideas, tips, and alternative designs that will make gardening a pleasure--and an economical one, to boot! By combining classic gardening skills with ultra-creative ideas, author Alex Mitchell teaches readers 100 ways to up-cycle their gardens by creating ingenious green-thumb DIY projects and grow lush gardens. From up-cycling common objects (such as tin cans, old potato sacks, and colanders) to revisiting basic garden techniques (growing from seed, for example), a garden's overall cost can drop dramatically. Thanks to photography, illustrations, and plenty of additional tips, this book has plenty of fodder for readers to create a better garden. Included in Gardening on a Shoestring are outdoor furnishing projects, edible gardening information, and sage advice for garden upkeep. Examples of what you'll find include: Vintage tin herb garden Tapestry of succulents Garden center shopping tips Water-bottle watering system Gardening stools from old tires How to notspend a fortune online . . . and much more! Whether you're a new homeowner tackling the mortgage monster, a renter not wanting to leave permanent traces in your temporary home, or a cost-conscious gardener looking for a slew of creative tips, this book belongs on your bookshelf.