Author(s): Bill Marken
This is the ultimate guide to cultivating charming gardens in any container. Want to spruce up your outdoor space with fresh flowers, plants, vegetables, and other succulents? "Container Gardening For Dummies, Second Edition" gives you clear, concise, and step-by-step instructions for cultivating charming gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old pair of cowboy boots. Featuring eight pages of full-color photos, this helpful guide fills you in on every step of the process, from working with different soil mixes to preventing insects, pests, and diseases to expressing style with color, form, texture, and other design elements. This edition includes 25 percent new and updated material. It covers choosing, planting, and caring for flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables; and up-to-date container trends, including edible gardening. "Container Gardening For Dummies, Second Edition" is a fun, informative guide for inexperienced city slickers and savvy country cousins alike.
Bill Marken is the author of the first edition of Container Gardening For Dummies. Suzanne DeJohn is an editor with the National Gardening Association, the leading garden-based educational nonprofit organization in the United States. NGA's programs and initiatives highlight the opportunities for plant-based education in schools, communities, and backyards across the country.
Introduction. Part I: Getting Started with Container Gardening. Chapter 1: Why Grow Plants in Containers? Chapter 2: Considering Climate. Chapter 3: Choosing a Pot to Plant In. Chapter 4: Getting the Dirt on Soil Mixes. Chapter 5: Putting It All Together: Planting Your Container Garden. Part II: Enjoying a Summer Fling with Single-Season Containers. Chapter 6: A Short but Sweet Relationship with Annuals. Chapter 7: Adding Pizzazz with Colorful Annual Flowers. Chapter 8: Plant, Pick, Eat: Vegetables and Herbs. Chapter 9: Bulbs to Brighten Your Space. Part III: In It for the Long Haul: Permanent Plantings. Chapter 10: Pondering Permanent Plantings. Chapter 11: Picking and Potting Perennials. Chapter 12: Sprucing Up Your Space with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines. Chapter 13: Nurturing Fruits and Berries. Chapter 14: Indoor Container Gardening. Part IV: Keeping Your Plants Healthy. Chapter 15: Quenching Your Plants' Thirst. Chapter 16: Food for Thought: Fertilizing Your Plants. Chapter 17: Repotting Plants and Caring for the Containers They Call Home. Chapter 18: When Bad Things Happen: Pests and Diseases. Part V: Designing and Decorating. Chapter 19: Creating Eye-Catching Container Gardens. Chapter 20: Cultivating Specialty Plants in Containers. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Make Gardening More Accessible. Chapter 22: Ten-Plus Categories of Plants for Special Situations. Appendix: Additional Resources. Index.