Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:14
Seed catalogs are showing up in mailboxes, the days are getting longer, there is that soft, sweet smell of mouldering leaves and moist earth in the air - it's time to start thinking about the garden. Is it too early? Come find out at the Preparing Your Early Spring Garden workshop at Newcastle Public Library on February 21 at 5:30 p.m. Call the library at 387-5076 for more information. While it's cold outside though, indulge your armchair gardener with books from the Newcastle Library. Here are a few that specifically deal with year round gardening.
Every season has its charms in a well-designed garden. Spring and summer offer a profusion of blooms and abundance of color. Fall and winter entertain the gardener's eye in sublter ways, with variegated leaf patterns, dramatic shows of tree bark, and eye-catching berries. This volume brings together literally hundreds of ideas for getting the most out of your garden, no matter the time of year.
Enjoy and benefit from the garden all year long. Whether it's onions in the summer, lettuce in the winter, or orchids any time, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Year-Round Gardening covers every step of the process of both outdoor and indoor gardening. From seeds, soil, compost, equipment, and fertilizers to all types of covers and greenhouses, and even gardening and harvesting in root cellars during winter, this guide is a must-have for any dedicated gardener.
An easy-to-use, A-Z pictorial catalog of over 2,500 tried and tested, commonly available garden plants and flowers, Garden Plants and Flowers Through the Year includes the seasons at which you'll find each plant at its best clearly indicated, making it an invaluable tool for planning your planting. A comprehensive chapter offers down-to-earth advice on plant care, and practical tip boxes appear throughout, to guarantee success with every plant you choose. Finally, 8 at-a-glance galleries are included, designed to inspire and help gardeners select plants to provide interest throughout the year.
Successful gardening depends on good timing-knowing what to do when. With this revised, easy-to-use gardener's companion, you can plan the year's horticultural tasks and get ahead in the garden whatever the season. Gardening Through the Year is clearly laid out and completely practical in approach. For each month there are specific tasks for every part of the garden from trees to lawns, at-a-glance checklists, expert plant advice, and invaluable "Get Ahead" and "Last Chance" features. With more than 1,000 full-color photographs, this is the garden reference book that not only tells you what to do when, but also shows you how to do it.
This illustrated gardening guide provides detailed instructions for developing season extending garden practices that can provide fresh produce throughout the entire year, even in climates that experience cold winters. The work begins with an outline of techniques, infrastructure, and practices that can extend the growing season, and continues with an in-depth discussion of specific plant types and varieties suited to year round gardening. The volume includes appendices detailing cold frame designs and providing charts for succession planting and interplanting.
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