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Gardening Books On Houseplants,Starting From Seed And Propagating

October 25, 2012 11:30 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Helen asks…

Gardening Books! What are the best books on gardening and houseplants?

Gardening Books! I’m wanting a new book or two on gardening, and one that has a bit of focus on houseplants and overwintering plants indoors. I’m also thinking about one with details on starting from seed and propagating. Which books are the most informative, with in-depth information and tips? I need something that will be useful to me in a cold climate.
Any links to good sites are also appreciated. I’m looking for gardening books, a hard copy, something that I can read in bed or when the internet’s out.

Martin Boyle answers:

Gardening books like the “All New Square Foot Gardening” is a great book for outdoor gardening including seed starting. Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?

Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it’s even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don’t have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you’ll be growing above the ground.

But, the best feature is that “anyone,” “anywhere” can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

But, let’s get back to the ten improvements. You’re going to love them.

1) New Location – Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just “twenty percent” of the space of a traditional garden.

2) New Direction – Locate your garden “on top” of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements.

3) New Soil – The new “Mel’s Mix” is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even “buy” the different types of compost needed.

4) New Depth – You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It’s true–the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth.

5) No Fertilizer – The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don’t need to add fertilizer.

6) New Boxes – The new method uses bottomless boxes placed above ground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos).

7) New Aisles – The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest.

8) New Grids – Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.

9) New Seed Saving Idea – The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds–per planting hole.

10) Tabletop Gardens – The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable.

Of course, that’s not all. We’ve also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You’re going to love it! I also second the suggestion for other gardening books like Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening.

Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has been the go-to resource for gardeners for more than 50 years—and the best tool novices can buy to start applying organic methods to their fruit and vegetable crops, herbs, trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, and lawns. Gardening books like this thoroughly revised and updated version highlights new organic pest controls, new fertilizer products, improved gardening techniques, the latest organic soil practices, and new trends in garden design.

As far as gardening books for houseplants, it depends what you want to grow. I think  “Taylor’s Guide to Houseplants”  is good and should be in your gardening books library, If you want to extend your gardening season or simply decorate your home, this guide will give helpful hints about 322 different houseplants. With a whole section devoted to growing orchids, this book demonstrates the care, propagation, and pest control for houseplants,  but if you are like me and prefer growing more unusual stuff like lemons and herbs it won’t be very helpful.

It is a good idea to find some gardening books at the library so you can look through them thoroughly and see what you think.

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