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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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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Container Gardening 5

Chapter 1: Why Grow Plants in Containers? 7

Chapter 2: Considering Climate 17

Chapter 3: Choosing a Pot to Plant In 27

Chapter 4: Getting the Dirt on Soil Mixes 41

Chapter 5: Putting It All Together: Planting Your Container Garden 51

Part II: Enjoying a Summer Fling with Single-Season Containers 69

Chapter 6: A Short but Sweet Relationship with Annuals 71

Chapter 7: Adding Pizzazz with Colorful Annual Flowers 77

Chapter 8: Plant, Pick, Eat: Vegetables and Herbs 91

Chapter 9: Bulbs to Brighten Your Space 105

Part III: In It for the Long Haul: Permanent Plantings 117

Chapter 10: Pondering Permanent Plantings 119

Chapter 11: Picking and Potting Perennials 127

Chapter 12: Sprucing Up Your Space with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 141

Chapter 13: Nurturing Fruits and Berries 159

Chapter 14: Indoor Container Gardening 173

Part IV: Keeping Your Plants Healthy 187

Chapter 15: Quenching Your Plants’ Thirst 189

Chapter 16: Food for Thought: Fertilizing Your Plants 201

Chapter 17: Repotting Plants and Caring for the Containers They Call Home 209

Chapter 18: When Bad Things Happen: Pests and Diseases 221

Part V: Designing and Decorating 245

Chapter 19: Creating Eye-Catching Container Gardens 247

Chapter 20: Cultivating Specialty Plants in Containers 267

Part VI: The Part of Tens 281

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Make Gardening More Accessible 283

Chapter 22: Ten-Plus Categories of Plants for Special Situations 287

Appendix: Additional Resources 293

Index 299

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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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