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Container Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-57705-9
344 pages
February 2010
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The easy way to get a green thumb in container gardening!

Want to spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with annuals, perennials, vegetables, and succulents? This updated edition of Container Gardening For Dummies gives you clear, concise step-by-step instructions for cultivating delightful gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old watering can. It also includes color photos to inspire your designs.

  • Getting the dirt on container gardening — discover the advantages of growing plants in containers and learn how to maximize your garden conditions to help plants thrive

  • Picking a pot to plant in — take a look around your living space and determine the best location and type of container for your garden

  • Enjoying a summer fling — get the lowdown on the best single-season flowers, vegetables, and bulbs for container growing

  • Putting down roots — find out which perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits, and berries give year-round impact

  • Designing and decorating — take advantage of ideas and inspiration for creating eye-catching container gardening displays

Open the book and find:

  • Things you need to know before planting

  • A quick primer on climate

  • What to look for in a soil mix

  • How to work with perennials and annuals

  • Information you need to help you choose plants

  • Why and when containers need water and fertilizer

  • Guidance on replanting, repotting, and pruning

  • Tips for preventing insect pests and diseases

  • Ways to liven up your space with trees, shrubs, and vines

Learn to:

  • Choose, plant, and care for flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs

  • Grow vegetables and herbs just steps away from your kitchen

  • Cultivate charming gardens in any climate

  • Prevent insects and diseases from invading containers the eco-friendly way

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Part I: Getting Started with Container Gardening.

Chapter 1: Why Grow Plants in Containers?

Chapter 2: Considering Climate.

Chapter 3: Choosing a Pot to Plant In.

Chapter 4: Getting the Dirt on Soil Mixes.

Chapter 5: Putting It All Together: Planting Your Container Garden.

Part II: Enjoying a Summer Fling with Single-Season Containers.

Chapter 6: A Short but Sweet Relationship with Annuals.

Chapter 7: Adding Pizzazz with Colorful Annual Flowers.

Chapter 8: Plant, Pick, Eat: Vegetables and Herbs.

Chapter 9: Bulbs to Brighten Your Space.

Part III: In It for the Long Haul: Permanent Plantings.

Chapter 10: Pondering Permanent Plantings.

Chapter 11: Picking and Potting Perennials.

Chapter 12: Sprucing Up Your Space with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines.

Chapter 13: Nurturing Fruits and Berries.

Chapter 14: Indoor Container Gardening.

Part IV: Keeping Your Plants Healthy.

Chapter 15: Quenching Your Plants’ Thirst.

Chapter 16: Food for Thought: Fertilizing Your Plants.

Chapter 17: Repotting Plants and Caring for the Containers They Call Home.

Chapter 18: When Bad Things Happen: Pests and Diseases.

Part V: Designing and Decorating.

Chapter 19: Creating Eye-Catching Container Gardens.

Chapter 20: Cultivating Specialty Plants in Containers.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Make Gardening More Accessible.

Chapter 22: Ten-Plus Categories of Plants for Special Situations.

Appendix: Additional Resources.


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Bill Marken is the author of the first edition of Container Gardening For Dummies.

Suzanne DeJohn is an editor with the National Gardening Association, the leading garden-based educational nonprofit organization in the United States. NGA's programs and initiatives highlight the opportunities for plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the country.

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