Learn to Garden: A Practical Approach to Gardening provides many practical gardening lessons for both new and experienced gardeners. Part one, “the garden you have,” examines what it means to possess a garden and the natural world that you have to live in, including the animals, plants, soil and climate that you will need to support your garden and your life skills. Part two, “the garden you want,” examines these same topics but this time explores more of the attributes associated with each garden and how you might go about building or renovating your own garden to achieve your desired garden state. Within the second part of this two part series, the focus is on the building of a more organic relationship with your natural world by integrating your garden with the rest of your environment and using nature as a source of food, shelter, clothing and other natural resources. In its entirety, this book series teaches you how to garden from two perspectives – that which will benefit you and the natural world, and that which you can do to benefit both you and the natural world.
These practical, new lessons in gardening introduce you to the natural world through descriptions of the different species of plants and animals that exist in this world. These are then broken down into sections dealing with their place in this eco-system and how they fit together in a mutually beneficial partnership, sharing mutually vital life skills and roles that sustain both the plants and animals and the people who make a living off the land. Throughout the text you are exposed to numerous illustrations and colorful pictures of these various species and ecosystems. As you read, you are also given useful tips on how you can grow your own vegetables and fruit or take care of other types of pests that might be threatening your garden and your life skills.
Throughout the text you are also shown how you can incorporate your knowledge with garden design and landscape architecture to make your garden both beautiful and functional at the same time. Design techniques such as planting beds, garden planning and designing gardens around shrubs and trees are explained in an easy to understand manner, allowing you to implement and adapt these techniques within your own garden design and landscape architecture. Gardeners also receive important information on finding and choosing seeds, planting mixes, fertilizers and pesticides that work best for their individual gardens. All of this is outlined in simple language so that even a beginner to gardening can understand and benefit from these important concepts.
Most gardeners that want to learn to garden will probably want to grow fruits and vegetables. There are many useful tips and tricks within the book that deal with growing these crops in specific ways. Some of the plantings that you can grow in particular ways allow you to grow specific types of fruit and vegetables which will also help you to learn to garden better. Picking up and moving certain types of plants around your garden also teaches you about the various nooks and crannies that these plants have, teaching you how to take advantage of the natural patterns in your garden to benefit your plants and crops.
Vegetable gardens need to be planned and designed in specific ways in order to create a cohesive and beautiful garden layout. Within “Garden Planning” you will learn how to properly arrange your plants in groups according to the type of food they will produce. You will also find out how you can create visual balance in your garden design by placing certain types of plants together. This will allow you to create a more visually appealing garden design. The last section of the book gives you several gardening tips to help you achieve success in your gardening endeavors. Many of these tips focus on choosing the right plants, soil, watering and fertilizing techniques, as well as planting spacing and timing.