Garden Practices and Their Science

Author:   Geoffrey Dixon (Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Horticulture, University of Reading, UK.)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781138209060


Pages:   282
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Written in a clear and accessible style, Garden Practices and Their Science guides gardeners in the practical arts of plant husbandry and in their understanding of its underpinning principles. The author, Professor Geoff Dixon, is an acknowledged and internationally respected horticulturist and microbiologist; he intertwines these arts and principles carefully, expertly leading readers from one to the other. Achieving the manipulation of plant life is described in eight full-colour, well-illustrated chapters covering the growing of potatoes, bulb onions, legumes, small-seeded vegetables, soft fruit, bulbs and herbaceous ornamentals in great detail. Environmental factors controlling the successful husbandry of these crops is described in simple, non-technical language, increasing gardeners' enjoyment and competence. Gardeners are also informed of the tools and equipment they require and their safe use. Also provided are a series of simple, straightforward tests identifying the aerial and soil environments beneficial for plant growth using readily accessible domestic tools. Discussions of very straightforward techniques for vegetative propagation conclude this book. Each chapter ends with a list of the gardening knowledge that has been gained by readers. The structure of this book fulfils a longstanding need for descriptions of practical skills integrated with the corresponding biological reactions of plants. Emphasis is placed on gardeners' development of healthy soils, which encourage vigorous, active root systems capable of withstanding stresses-an aspect of gardening that rarely receives sufficient attention. Tailored for readers requiring clear and concise directions, this very practical book is an instruction manual directed at early-stage gardening learners. These include people of all ages and requirements such as new garden owners, allotment-holders, apprentices and students of basic levels in the Royal Horticultural Society's or City & Guilds qualifications, career changers, community gardeners and those needing applied biological knowledge for GCSE examinations.

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Author:   Geoffrey Dixon (Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Horticulture, University of Reading, UK.)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.580kg
ISBN:  

9781138209060


ISBN 10:   1138209066
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   03 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Adult education ,  General ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Preamble: safety in the garden Chapter 1 What makes plants tick? Chapter 2 Understanding soil and growing potatoes and onions Chapter 3 Growing legumes from seed and seedlings Chapter 4 Growing small-seeded vegetables Chapter 5 Growing soft fruit Chapter 6 Bulbous plants Chapter 7 Flowering plants Chapter 8 Plant propagation

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Geoff Dixon is Professor of Horticulture and an internationally distinguished biological and horticultural communicator, educator and research scientist. He has worked in Cambridge, then the Scottish Universities (Aberdeen and Strathclyde) and Colleges of Agriculture, and is now a member of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) at the University of Reading, UK.

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