Here's a brief summary of each
Key No. 1: Soil
Basics. Getting to know your foundation.
It's not as complicated as you thought! Our Precious soil's origin,
purpose composition, inhabitants, capabilities and struggles.
Key No. 2:
Identifying The Ingredients. Testing your foundation.
A simple and
inexpensive test solves problems before they become problems. No real
gardener should be without one!
Key No. 3: The Right
Food For The Job. Getting the scoop on
fertilizers...in easy to understand plain English! NPK, trace
elements—what's it all about? Problems and solutions.
Key No. 4: Creating
A Sensible Plan. Setting some
parameters and making a few responsible decisions. Setting
down attainable goals, precise limits and a sensible itinerary.
Key No. 5: Preparing
A Garden's Foundation. Neglect it and ensure failure!
If you don't take this crucial step, you may as well not even try! Building
a firm foundation first avoids many serious problems later.
Key No. 6: Making
the Right Choices.
requirements of plants. What to look for and what to avoid. Realistic plant
select ion. Shade versus sun; short or tall, colors, seasons of bloom, and
Key No. 7: Uninvited
Guests. Those cursed weeds, bugs and varmints.
Good bugs, bad bugs, plants
where they ought not to be, and feathered and furry
"friends." Toxic pesticides and their more responsible
No. 8: Keeping Up Appearances.
Timely and effective
Maintenance keeps the garden neat, colorful...and productive.
There's more to gardening success than some people think! Staying ahead of
No. 9: Getting Into Composting. Why and how straight
You haven't enjoyed truly satisfying gardening until you're at least a
passive composter! Includes my tried and tested, FAST, 21-day, no-turn
method. Rich "black gold" in three weeks FLAT!
No. 10: Understanding Garden Etiquette.
Our responsibilities to our
neighbors and our world.
There is a way to act and talk while visiting the gardens of
others. Giving back to the community and the environment.
Pulling it all together.
Suggested pH levels for many plants.
Index: An extensive
cross-referenced resource to quickly find what you want.