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1001 Ways to be a Better Gardener

After an introductory chapter on how to get started, 14 further chapters supply dozens of tips for every area of the garden, from the kitchen garden to ponds, lawns, patios and containers. Pippa Greenwood uses her years of experience to reveal the most life-changing tricks that can make a dramatic difference, save time, save money and save energy. Tips are ordered logically, by area and by season, from the most fundamental to the most sophisticated. Chapter introductions explain what decisions you need to make about your priorities before you start and how to analyse the potential of your garden in order to get the most from it.
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Table of Contents

GETTIN STARTED. Assessing your garden. Understanding your soil. Tools you can trust. Instant transformations. FLOWERBEDS AND BORDERS. Making a new border. Looking after beds. Great plant combinations. Staying in top form. CREATIVE CONTAINERS. Terracotta containers. Right plant, right pot. Cultivating crops in containers. Baskets and windowboxes. Minimising maintenance. Year-round displays. TREES AND SHRUBS. Choosing a new tree. Planting and staking. Performance pruning. Shrub rose secrets. Under the canopy (underplanting, climbers). Tricks for tender species. CLIMBERS, WALL SHRUBS, AND CLIMBING ROSES. What support do they need? Climbers for a purpose. Planting a new climber. Pruning tips. LAWN AND GRASS CARE. Starting from scratch. Repairing an old lawn. Turf wars. Keeping trim with watering, feeding, spiking, edging and mowing regimes. THE KITCHEN GARDEN. Herbs for the table. A productive fruit garden. Grow your own vegetables. WATER FEATURES AND PONDS. Choosing a water feature. Installing ponds and water features. What to plant (and what not to). Focus on wildlife. Year-round pond care. Filters and fish. STRUCTURES AND SURFACES. Fences, walls and trellis. Paving, gravel and decking. Arches, arbours, pergolas. Buying and caring for furniture. CARING FOR PLANTS. When and how to water. The simple science of feeding. SIMPLE PROPAGATION. Starting with seed. Quick and easy cuttings. Simple divisions. Capitalising on nature (runners). FRIENDS AND FOES. Welcome friends. Unwelcome visitors (aphids, snails, slugs etc). Natural allies (frogs, lacewings, worms, hedgehogs). Neighbours and their pets. DESIGN SOLUTIONS. Designing for aesthetics. Designing for function. Designing for sanctuary. Design and the law. GREENER GARDENING. Saving water. The benefits of mulching. Organic techniques. Compost and recycling trips. LIGHTS, ACTION. Lighting. Seating. Decoration and ornament. Cooking and eating. Reference section including glossary and index.

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First tips book for gardeners that solves problems and points the way to becoming a better gardener, for beginners and improvers. * 1001 clear practical solutions, tips, tricks of the trade and trouble-shooting ideas. * Specially commissioned photography of Pippa Greenwood in her garden. Pippa Greenwood is the voice of gardening, having solved gardeners problems on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time for the last 13 years. Pippa is a highly promotable gardening author with a high profile in magazines and on TV, and she is the author of previous best-sellers including The New Flower Gardener and 101 Essential Tips. Offers enormous appeal to time-starved gardeners who want to find good solutions instantly. Offers advice on wildlife, pests and diseases, organic techniques and how to decorate your garden.

About the Author

Pippa Greenwood is one of the UK's best-known gardeners. She trained as a botanist and ran the plant pathology department at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley in Surrey. Pippa is the author of several best-selling gardening books including New Gardener, Flower Gardener and A Garden for All Seasons. Pippa also writes for Amateur Gardening magazine, BBC Gardeners' World magazine and the Mirror daily newspaper. She is a mother of two and has a large garden near Alton in Hampshire.

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