Planning & Design
DIY Hydroponic Gardens takes the mystery out of growing in water. Tyler Baras shows exactly how to build, plant and maintain more than a dozen unique hydroponic systems, some of which cost just a few dollars to make.
He has developed many unique and easy-to-build systems for growing entirely in water. With step-by-step photos he shows precisely how to create these systems and how to plant and maintain them. All the information you need to get started with your home hydroponic system is included, from recipes for nutrient solutions, to light and ventilation sources, to specific plant-by-plant details that explain how to grow the most popular vegetables in a self-contained, soilless system.
Even if you live in an area were water is scarce, a hydroponic system is the answer you’ve been looking for. Hydroponic systems are sealed and do not allow evaporation, making water loss virtually non-existent.$29.99
In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into the garden.
The author shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat. This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife.
A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.$29.99
The Mid-Century Modern Garden links the design of homes and gardens popular during the mid-century period of 1940–1970 to contemporary style and the desire to create healthy, sustainable lives.
A substantial introduction looks at the transformation of Modernism into Mid-Century Modern (MCM); the impact of war and how it led to the spread and development of modernism. There is a particular focus on Frank Lloyd Wright and Midwest modern, the arrival of Bauhaus on the East Coast of America, Post-War Suburbs and the rise of West Coast Ranch-style living.
Fully illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs and drawings in colour and black and white, the chapters include classic examples of mid-century architecture and landscaping accompanied by examples of gardens executed according to MCM principles, and drawn from the portfolios of contemporary designers in the USA, Europe and Pacific rim.$69.99
Sitta is one of Australia's most inventive, disturbing & memorable designers. This first thorough review of his work showcases 24 of his most distinctive gardens; living laboratories for his experimental ethic, "intellectual preoccupations, innovative use of materials, & concern for precise detail", plus his enigmatic 'doodles' that often are realised in his gardens. In-depth prologue: Julian Raxworthy.$59.99
Creating colour and interest in a small urban garden by growing a range of flowers and other decorative plants brings with it many rewards. The most local, seasonal flowers, which are the most satisfying to give and to display, are the ones you have grown yourself.
Carolyn Dunster shows you how to do this in the smallest of spaces. She also shows you how to use your own blooms, leaves and berries in a range of indoor displays and hand-tied bouquets.$39.99