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Container Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition


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Container Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition


The ultimate guide to cultivating charming gardens in any container

Want to spruce up your outdoor space with fresh flowers, plants, vegetables, and other succulents? Container Gardening For Dummies, Second Edition gives you clear, concise, and step-by-step instructions for cultivating charming gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old pair of cowboy boots.

Featuring eight pages of full-color photos, this helpful guide fills you in on every step of the process, from working with different soil mixes to preventing insects, pests, and diseases to expressing style with color, form, texture, and other design elements.

  • This edition includes 25% new and updated material
  • Choosing, planting, and caring for flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables
  • Up-to-date container trends, including edible gardening

Container Gardening For Dummies, Second Edition is a fun, informative guide for inexperienced city slickers and savvy country cousins alike.

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