Care & Maintenance

  • 101 Organic Gardening Hacks

    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.

  • Compost: A Family Guide

    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.

  • Composting for a New Generation

    Composting is no longer only in the realm of environmentalists! It’s not just about reducing food waste; most composters get their hands dirty because of the benefits it brings to the soil in their garden. All the extra nutrients make for well-fed gardens with plenty of nutrients and rich moisture.

    Composting for a New Generation includes tried-and-true composting methods and new, innovative techniques. You’ll learn the science of composting, traditional bin composting (including how-to sections on building your own bin), vermicomposting (with worms), composting with nature, keyhole gardens, organic composting and using your finished compost.

    Composting for a New Generation is the most complete book to date for your organic soil needs.

  • Countertop Gardens

    Whether you have a huge yard in a warm climate or a tiny apartment in a city with harsh winters, you can grow edibles year-round in the comfort and convenience of your own kitchen!

    Countertop Gardens will make you an expert in the world of indoor gardening, walking you through the challenges, benefits and how-tos of growing inside and presenting the wide array of methods available. In addition to going over the pros and cons of a wide range of ready-made hydroponics, aquaponic and vertical gardening systems, Shelley Levis shows you how to make your own DIY setups – from simple space-saving container designs to more creative and complex soil-free solutions.

    No matter the size of your kitchen or your ambition, Countertop Gardens will help you make sure your favourite herbs, greens, fruits and vegetables are within reach 365 days a year!

  • Down & Dirty
    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.
  • Fix Your Garden

    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.

  • Garden Tools

    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

  • Garden Weeds Revised Edition

    Bruce Morphett's revised edition of Garden Weeds addresses the common uninvited garden guest – weeds. This is an essential resource for all Australian gardeners, with simple diagrams, clear information and easy to follow advice.

    The book is presented in two parts. The first is a discussion of weeds in general, different control strategies including use of herbicides, control of weeds in specific situations and some information about environmental and noxious weeds and weed legislation in Australia.

    The second part deals with identification of specific weeds, descriptions and recommended controls.

  • Gardener's Companion to Weeds

    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

  • Gardening on A Shoestring
    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.
  • Good Soil

    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.

  • High Impact Low Carbon Gardening

    A resource for gardeners who are serious about green gardening practices. With 1,001 ideas for gardening sustainably, from simple tips to intensive makeovers, this takes you from alternatives to power tools to rain harvesting and everything in-between.

    Moving well beyond the standard advice, it meticulously evaluates different materials and techniques to help you identify the greenest solutions.

    With good design at the forefront and invaluable information on features including decks, lawns and forest gardens along with sustainable planting, hydroponics and fire-proofing.

  • Manual of Seed Saving
    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.
  • Mulch Book

    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.

  • Natural Gardener
    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.
  • Pruning Made Easy

    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

  • Recycle Your Garden
    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.
  • Tips for Container Gardening
    Inside you'll find 300 tips like:

    • Make the height of your plants in a container about one-and-a-half to two times the height of the container
    • Plant kale or curly parsley amongst flowers to add great texture and something tasty
    • Repeat colours, forms and texture to unify a planting
    • Use plants with contrasting texture for dramatic combinations
    • Create a unique and delicious spring vegetable garden by growing peas up a trellis and other spring edibles around the base
    • Discover which varieties work well togethe
    • And plenty more
  • Water-Wise Garden
    For garden lovers determined to become less reliant on reticulated supplies, and therefore less at risk of losing their gardens during times of drought. You will learn the way plants use water and the way water is stored in the soil to transform your watering practices. Provides practical information on:
    * Designing, preparing and planting your garden to improve water efficiency
    * Using recycled water
    * Mulching and fertilising.
    * Techniques to transform existing garden practices or to establish a garden from scratch.
  • Watering Systems for Lawn & Garden

    How to use watering systems for maximum results. Includes:

    • Water- and money-saving options
    • Pros and cons of different water sources
    • How to water using gravity, not pumps
    • Affordable overhead systems
    • Simple, easy-to-understand descriptions of pumping systems