Care & Maintenance
A hack is really just a great idea that's come to life. In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you'll find the top tips, tricks and solutions Shawna Coronado has dreamed up in her career as one of America's most creative gardeners.
Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to "upcycle" everyday items in your garden. One characteristic every hack shares is that they are completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly. Divided into a dozen different categories for easy reference, each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it. If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green living values right at home, you'll love paging through this fascinating, eye-catching book.$24.99
With this book and a free hour, you can:
- Master basic garden tasks and techniques step-by-step
- Undertake stylish decorative planting projects
- Even transform your garden, balcony or courtyard with a mini makeover
Individual projects provide step-by-step directions, each with beautiful how-to and final colour photos, with inspiring ideas and handy hints for enthusiasts and novices alike.$36.95$12.99
Set your family on the path to a planet-friendly lifestyle with this fun guide to compost – what it is, how to make it, how to maintain it. Includes information on both kitchen and garden composting with games, stickers and more!
Teach your kids that composting is fun with this guide that takes you from the nitty-gritty of compost composition and care to Worms and Ladders, a fresh take on a traditional board game. Find out the rules for setting up your very own Worm Lovers' Society, learn all about the garden-to-plate cycle together and get your family's feet firmly set on the road to a planet-friendly lifestyle.$19.99
43 Fun and funky first-time projects and activities to get you, your family and your neighbourhood gardening. Projects are arranged in 4 sections - Basics, Adventures, Accents, Plants - and a sidebar has quick-access page numbers for the recipes, container gardens, and kids and family projects in the 4 sections. Includes:
* Cool tools
* Visual guide to good and bad bugs
* Community gardens
* Dinosaur garden
* Photographing gardens
* Growing herbs, berries, etc.$29.99$26.95
This beautifully illustrated little book will help you make the most of your outdoor space, even if you've only got a tiny window box.
Aimed at the first-time homeowner or renter with little or no gardening know-how, it contains a wealth of information on how to make your garden grow and your balcony bloom, from early analysis of the soil to find out which plants will do best, to fixing that weed-covered wilderness of a backyard you've inherited and starting to grow your own fruit and veg.
With tips on garden design and how to conquer common pests and diseases, this is a crash course in getting your outdoor space sorted, and also contains information on houseplants so you can bring a little bit of the outdoors in.$19.99
An illustrated guide to choosing, using and maintaining garden tools for all gardening enthusiasts.
* Identify the right tool for each job and how to use it for the best results
* Guidelines for choosing quality tools from the vast range available
* Tips on using and storing tools safely
* A section on tools for older or special needs gardeners$49.95$29.95
Learn how to identify and control more than 150 common weeds and invasive plants in Australia.
- An A–Z weed identification guide which describes the habits, and control and disposal methods for aquatic, garden, lawn, pastureland and wasteland weeds and invasive plants
- Discover the potential benefits and uses of many common weeds – as fertilisers and companion plants
- Clear colour photos are used for easy identification
- Index of common and botanical names
Fully revised edition of a classic bestseller from one of Australia's foremost horticultural consultants will enable you to improve the worst of soils, choose the right fertiliser and minimise water use.
Covers composting, potting mixes, simple tests and colour guides to nutrient deficiencies, and potted plant management.$49.99
A practical guide for money smart gardeners. Want a beautiful garden that meets your needs and reflects your personality but worried about the cost and hard work? You needn't be!. Helen shows you where to find bargains and how to avoid costly mistakes when planning your garden. Value for money strategies: buy 1 plant get 4 free; money saving garden designs; cost-effective pesticides; cheaper annuals, bulbs and fruit trees; water savings; make your own fertilizers etc.$21.95$19.95
God Soil has an unusual theme, a tone that stands out in a crowd and doesn't look like a typical gardening book but, most importantly, it's a book that everyone interested in gardening needs.
Manure might be dirty, disgusting and smelly, but it's the topic of this most exciting gardening book. Because it's manure that maximises your garden, whatever you grow in it. And, like people, plants need nutrients in order to grow, flower and bear fruit, nutrients that can be found in offal, the sea, fire, rocks, the toilet, rubbish and, of course, dung heaps.
The author thoroughly explores every aspect of the theme, from chemistry and biology to history and philosophy and the book answers all your 'whats', 'whens' and 'hows' and gives you concrete advice, generous tips and, above all, masses of inspiration. It lifts the lid on old and reliable fertilisation methods and opens the doors to new resource-efficient and environmentally-smart cultivation techniques.$39.99
Davitt outlines the importance of hardscape structures - walls, arbours, paths, pools, fountains, statues - and explains their various functions. He shows the diverse ways they have been used in numerous gardens and illustrates how to incorporate them into your backyard so that you can create a beautiful outdoor haven. 16 projects: dry-laid stone wall, brick-and-lattice gazebo, wall fountain.$34.99$31.50
Growing vegetables, fruits and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Seed saving helps gardeners maintain important regional varieties that are well suited for specific conditions, encourages plant diversity, and helps promote plants with the best texture, flavour and variety.
The Manual of Seed Saving is an authoritative guide from experts around the globe. Supported by research from the global conservation organizations Arche Noah and Pro Specie Rara, it features information on how to maximize seed quality and yield for more than 100 crop plants.
It includes popular market plants like asparagus, carrots, corn, rhubarb, spinach, squash and tomatoes. Plant profiles include critical information on pollination, isolation distances, cultivation, harvest, storage and pests and diseases.$49.99
Mulch saves water, protects and enriches the soil, suppresses weeds, promotes healthy plants, and to top it off, much of it is free.
This little book, delightfully illustrated, will show you how to make gardening easier with mulch. It will tell you what it is, where to get it, how to use it and how it works. There are tips on how to mulch different parts of your garden and which mulches to use for a smart look in small spaces.$22.99
Shows exactly how you can use organic principles to create not only a healthy garden, with the balance to control garden pests and other hazards in an environmentally friendly way, but also one that has a special beauty. Brimming with ideas and information on how to create a rich, healthy, living landscape.
Discover how intelligent design and a practical approach can aid the enthusiastic gardener who lacks time, opportunity or stamina to to keep a garden beautiful and trouble-free. Explore creative gardens and meet innovative gardeners and learn to enjoy your garden again. Chapters:
- The simplified garden: a new low-maintenance manifesto
- Design with maintenance in mind
- Make it work
- Nature's rhythms
- Edible garden
- Carefree containers
- Smart choices: the best, most reliable, most trouble-free plants
What a delight!. . . a personable, intimate, and inspiring book that captures the spirit of the gardens and the gardeners behind them. Amy Stewart (Wicked Plants, Flower Confidential)$29.99
A natural, low-maintenance system for a beautiful, safe lawn. Take the chemicals out of the grass your kids play on every day and create a safe, natural lawn for your family and pets. Find out how easy and economical it is to:
- Maintain an organic lawn using a minimum of water (incl. saved water)
- Pick environmentally-friendly grass varieties that will thrive in your region
- And more
"A hard-working guide for those who want to keep their lawns as natural as a mountain meadow."$29.99$14.99
Pests, Diseases and Ailments of Australian Plants is an authoritative reference on pests, diseases and nutritional disorders of Australian plants, with the authors being acknowledged experts in this field.
This book describes over 300 introduced and native pests and diseases. To find out what pest or disease is causing a problem, simply check the chart for symptoms. Each symptom is cross-referenced to the text, with colour photographs and detailed line drawings of pests, insect life cycles and damage symptoms on plants to help identify your problem.
Amateur and professional gardeners, horticulturists, commercial nurseries and students will find this book invaluable.$44.99
Planting Techniquess is a practical and easily accessible reference guide for the budding Australian gardener.
With information on selecting the right gardening tools and purchasing plants, through to planting and propagation, this book explains the ins and outs of how to achieve a healthy garden. With step by step photographs and useful hints and tips, Planting Techniques is an ideal reference for every gardening enthusiast.
- Getting Started with Plants
- Growing from Seed
- Care and Maintenance
Pruning is one of the best things you can do for your plants, if it's done the right way. Now renowned nurseryman and author Lewis Hill shows you how.
More than 300 step-by-step illustrations demonstrate the proper techniques for pruning many varieties of plants including trees, shrubs, bushes, hedges, vines and flowers.
- Exactly when, how and why to prune
- Artistic pruning techniques used to make topiary, espalier and cordons
- Methods of using and caring for pruning tools and equipment
Everything you need to know about composting to benefit your garden and the environment. Describes composting methods and ingredients; composts for different climates; maintaining a thriving worm colony; solving compost problems; and myriad ways to use compost.
Algae, human hair, newspaper... a comprehensive list of compostible materials and their properties, shows that you can use a lot more than kitchen and green waste for composting. Quick guide to mulching.$14.99