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Container Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-63556-8
336 pages
January 2010
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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Container Gardening 5

Chapter 1: Why Grow Plants in Containers? 7

Chapter 2: Considering Climate 17

Chapter 3: Choosing a Pot to Plant In 27

Chapter 4: Getting the Dirt on Soil Mixes 41

Chapter 5: Putting It All Together: Planting Your Container Garden 51

Part II: Enjoying a Summer Fling with Single-Season Containers 69

Chapter 6: A Short but Sweet Relationship with Annuals 71

Chapter 7: Adding Pizzazz with Colorful Annual Flowers 77

Chapter 8: Plant, Pick, Eat: Vegetables and Herbs 91

Chapter 9: Bulbs to Brighten Your Space 105

Part III: In It for the Long Haul: Permanent Plantings 117

Chapter 10: Pondering Permanent Plantings 119

Chapter 11: Picking and Potting Perennials 127

Chapter 12: Sprucing Up Your Space with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines 141

Chapter 13: Nurturing Fruits and Berries 159

Chapter 14: Indoor Container Gardening 173

Part IV: Keeping Your Plants Healthy 187

Chapter 15: Quenching Your Plants’ Thirst 189

Chapter 16: Food for Thought: Fertilizing Your Plants 201

Chapter 17: Repotting Plants and Caring for the Containers They Call Home 209

Chapter 18: When Bad Things Happen: Pests and Diseases 221

Part V: Designing and Decorating 245

Chapter 19: Creating Eye-Catching Container Gardens 247

Chapter 20: Cultivating Specialty Plants in Containers 267

Part VI: The Part of Tens 281

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Make Gardening More Accessible 283

Chapter 22: Ten-Plus Categories of Plants for Special Situations 287

Appendix: Additional Resources 293

Index 299

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