The New Gardener's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden

The New Gardener's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden

by Daryl Beyers


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“Gardeners just starting out will earn a sense of accomplishment and a good dose of knowledge.” —Booklist 

Every new gardener has to start somewhere—and the process can be intimidating. Knowing when and what to plant, how to care for the plants once they’re in the ground, and how to keep pests and diseases away is a lot to take on. Luckily, Daryl Beyers—an expert from the New York Botanical Garden—has written what will be a  go-to resource for decades to come. The New Gardener’s Handbook is a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of gardening, based on the introductory gardening class that Beyers teaches at NYBG. Readers will learn about soil, plant selection, propagation, planting and mulching, watering and feeding, pruning, and weeds, pests, and diseases. The information applies to both ornamental and edible plants. Featuring inspiring photography and helpful illustrations, The New Gardener’s Handbook gives home gardeners a foundation upon which they can grow, and encourages them to apply the lessons they’ve learned in an intuitive, natural way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604698749
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 157,490
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daryl Beyers is gardening certificate program coordinator at the New York Botanical Garden, where he helps shape the education department’s curriculum, and teaches the popular Fundamentals of Gardening course. He has had more than twenty-five years of professional landscaping experience, specializing in residential garden design and development. As a staff writer, photographer, and editor for Fine Gardening magazine, he authored two special issues on garden design, and he served as contributing garden editor for Martha Stewart Living. His articles on gardening and garden design have also appeared in Horticulture and HGTV Magazine. He maintains an active speaking schedule throughout the year, presenting at a wide variety of garden shows and clubs across the country, both independently and on behalf of NYBG.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Science and Arc of Gardening 6

Get Gardening: Balancing the Roots and the Shoots 9

Soil: Nourishing the Roots 31

Plant Selection: Matching Plants to Place 53

Germination: Starting Plants from Seeds 83

Planting and Mulching: Establishing Plants the Right Way 99

Watering and Feeding: Balancing Between Nature and Nurture 127

Vegetative Propagation: Making Plants from Plant Parts 149

Pruning: The Right Cut in the Right Place at the Right Time 173

Weeds, Pests, and Diseases: Working with the Bad, the Good, and the Ugly 191

Afterword: Gardening Provides 216

Acknowledgments 218

Further Reading 220

Photo and Illustration Credits 223

Index 225

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