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Back to Basics: Traditional Garden Wisdom
Time-Tested Techniques for Creating a Natural, Sustainable Outdoor Space

By Charlie Ryrie and Anne Halpin, contributing editors

Subject: Gardening / General
paper-over-board | 176 pages | 7 1/2 x 9 7/10
US$24.95 | CAN$26.95
Publication Date: 2011-02-01
ISBN: 9781606520420
Gardeners of any level will find use in these well-established methods, making it easy to:
  • Develop a dream, green garden without spending a fortune
  • Grow an organic and eco-friendly garden with minimum fuss and maximum taste
  • Discover how to collect and save seeds
  • Make your own compost and learn “no-dig” gardening
  • Make a cold frame and protect plants from frost
  • Repel moles with castor oil, prevent mice with the right plants, and make herbal insect repellents
  • Find out the best way to prune a hedge, tree, or climbing flower
  • Know which gardening tasks to do for each season
  • Raise a panel fence and use recycled materials
  • Plant raised beds and container gardens, and build a natural grape arbor
  • Discover how companion planting can discourage harmful pests and encourage growth
Soon you’ll be adding fireplace ashes to the garden to give it a potassium boost and using your elbow to see if the soil is warm enough for planting. With this insightful book, you’ll discover why sage advice never goes out of style.