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Help for the First-Time Gardener

I recently moved into a new house, and for the first time in my life, I have a yard to take care of. While the prospect of a beautiful outdoor space bursting with flowers and greenery seems wonderful, I don’t know the first thing about gardening. Really, I’m completely intimidated by the whole thing.

So I’ve decided to take a step back and to stop being daunted by magazine spreads of professionally designed landscapes. I’m going to start small, just a little at a time. Luckily, Richland Library has so many incredible resources for gardeners of all levels that I’ve started to feel a little less overwhelmed by the whole thing. Maybe I’ll start with a few nice pots of flowers and herbs. Perhaps I’ll even plant a fruit tree! We’ll see what the summer brings.

Now, if only I could do something about the pollen…


Amazon Says: A beautifully illustrated and photographed book that will serve both the novice and experienced gardener well. The Beginner's Guide to Gardening contains all the basics: garde more...
Amazon Says: A beautifully illustrated and photographed book that will serve both the novice and experienced gardener well. The Beginner's Guide to Gardening contains all the basics: garden design; how to select healthy plants; how prepare the soil; garden maintenace, and so much more. In addition there is everything you need to know about growing  annuals and  perennials; roses; flowering bulbs; herbs; ground covers; trees and shrubs; vegetable gardens; and creating specialty gardens--all in a concise book less...
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Amazon Says: Advice for working with Mother Nature to win in your garden!   There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, yo more...
Amazon Says: Advice for working with Mother Nature to win in your garden!   There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you'll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. From analyzing meteorological patterns in order to plan productive beds to experimenting with the carbon and nitrogen levels in your soil, this book will teach you all about the developments and chemical reactions that occur at each phase of growth and how you can alter your planting techniques to construct the most thriving, productive garden possible. Each chapter also utilizes a wide range of inexpensive tests, gadgets, and methods that you can use to help evaluate, monitor, and enhance your plot. Complete with troubleshooting solutions and useful charts and graphs, Gardening for Geeks has everything you need to establish a beautiful and sustainable vegetable patch--one microclimate at a time! less...
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Grow Your Own in Pots by Kay Maguire
Amazon Says: Discover the essential techniques to growing more than 60 vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers in containers. With this book you can use the best varieties and techniques to more...
Amazon Says: Discover the essential techniques to growing more than 60 vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers in containers. With this book you can use the best varieties and techniques to turn the tiniest space into a productive and attractive growing space. Follow 30 tried-and-tested 'recipes' to choose top-tasting combinations such as growing tomato with basil, vegetables that thrive in small spaces, and grow-your-own fruit salads. Discover the essential techniques that every container gardener needs to know, and use the crop directory to find out the best way to grow more than 60 vegetables, fruits, salads, herbs and edible flowers. This is the sixth title in the bestselling Grow Your Own series. less...
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Amazon Says: From flowers that bloom year-round to living carpets, the plants highlighted in this book will transform any garden. New gardeners and keen amateurs will find all the informat more...
Amazon Says: From flowers that bloom year-round to living carpets, the plants highlighted in this book will transform any garden. New gardeners and keen amateurs will find all the information they need in this guide-to visit a nursery, make wise purchases, and protect and maintain their plants for years to come. Each page blooms with beautiful images from a well-known garden photographer-300 photos in all-and every aspect of care receives loving attention, including planting, pruning, and pest control. Explore the glorious possibilities of impact flowers, summer climbers, edgers, softeners, and more. Busy gardeners will especially appreciate the many time-saving tips. A Selection of the Homestyle Book Club. less...
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Amazon Says: “Provides clear instructions, accompanied by color illustrations....Recommended.”—Library Journal. “A wide range of plans takes in potpourri, fragrant species, and flo more...
Amazon Says: “Provides clear instructions, accompanied by color illustrations....Recommended.”—Library Journal. “A wide range of plans takes in potpourri, fragrant species, and flowering varieties that attract butterflies. Alluring combinations are shown for window boxes and hanging baskets, and how-to directions are included for creative hardscaping and the preservation of culinary and dried herbs.”—Booklist. less...
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Amazon Says: Never garden alone! The Month-By-Month series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you’ll know what to do each month to have gard more...
Amazon Says: Never garden alone! The Month-By-Month series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you’ll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year. Written by authors in your state, the information is tailored to the issues that affect your garden the most. less...
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Amazon Says: Are heirloom vegetables more difficult to grow than conventional hybrids? The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables debunks this myth by highlighting the 100 heirloo more...
Amazon Says: Are heirloom vegetables more difficult to grow than conventional hybrids? The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables debunks this myth by highlighting the 100 heirloom vegetables that are the easiest to grow and the tastiest to eat. Marie Iannotti makes it simple for beginning gardeners to jump on the heirloom trend by presenting an edited list based on years of gardening trial and error. Her plant criteria is threefold: The 100 plants must be amazing to eat, bring something unique to the table, and — most importantly — they have to be unfussy and easy to grow. Her list includes garden favorites like the meaty and mellow 'Lacinato' Kale, the underused and earthy 'Turkish Orange' Eggplant, and the unexpected sweetness of 'Apollo' Arugula. Plant profiles include color photographs, flavor notes, and growing tips — everything beginning gardeners need to successfully grow a variety of heirloom vegetables. less...
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Beginner's Guide to Gardening by Editors of Reader's Digest
Amazon Says: Starting a garden can be daunting, especially for the beginner. Everything from preparing the soil, to choosing the appropriate plants, to preparing for the season at the prop more...
Amazon Says: Starting a garden can be daunting, especially for the beginner. Everything from preparing the soil, to choosing the appropriate plants, to preparing for the season at the proper time--and the hundreds of other details that make gardening a challenging and satisfying hobby. But first-time gardeners take heart. Your green thumb is guaranteed. Here is the only book you'll ever need to become a whiz at planting with every kind of flower, tree, fruit, or vegetable. Create the garden or yard that is right for you in no time at all with this down-to-earth, high-quality, all-inclusive handbook. Designed to be clear and helpful, this step-by-step comprehensive guide includes everything the beginner will need to start a garden. Full descriptions of almost every plant and tree available. Simple explanations of every stage in the creation of a successful garden Over 400 beautiful, full-color illustrations of plants, flowers, and planting techniques Information on greenhouse growing, rock gardens, and windowbox or container gardening Helpful hints on pest control, weeds, and common diseases A full schedule on how to prepare for every season of the year Troubleshooting, full glossary, and much more! Whether it's a simple flower bed, an Asian-style rock garden, a new landscape for your yard or a healthy vegetable garden, Beginner's Guide to Gardening is the one book that the first-time gardener can rely on to achieve the best results. less...
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Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to cultivating charming gardens in any container Want to spruce up your outdoor space with fresh flowers, plants, vegetables, and other succulents? Containe more...
Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to cultivating charming gardens in any container Want to spruce up your outdoor space with fresh flowers, plants, vegetables, and other succulents? Container Gardening For Dummies, Second Edition gives you clear, concise, and step-by-step instructions for cultivating charming gardens in everything from a redwood window box to a hanging basket to an old pair of cowboy boots. Featuring eight pages of full-color photos, this helpful guide fills you in on every step of the process, from working with different soil mixes to preventing insects, pests, and diseases to expressing style with color, form, texture, and other design elements. * This edition includes 25% new and updated material * Choosing, planting, and caring for flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables * Up-to-date container trends, including edible gardening Container Gardening For Dummies, Second Edition is a fun, informative guide for inexperienced city slickers and savvy country cousins alike. less...
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Amazon Says: Besides serving as host to PBS program Victory Garden, Jim Wilson has been honored with several prestigious awards.? They include election to the Garden Writers' Association o more...
Amazon Says: Besides serving as host to PBS program Victory Garden, Jim Wilson has been honored with several prestigious awards.? They include election to the Garden Writers' Association of America's Hall of Fame, Garden Communicator of the Year by the American Nursery Association, and Life Member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs in 1996.? Jim features 175 of the plants that are best suited for the state's hot, humid climate, including annuals, bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes, groundcovers, hardy perennials, vines, roses, shrubs, trees, turfgrass, and wildflowers.? The South Carolina Gardener's Guide shares with readers a survey of South Carolina gardening from the fist European plant explorers to the blooming botanical gardens following World War II, to today's very sophisticated and multi-variety organic gardens.? Gardeners of the Palmetto State will appreciate information about plant habits, design uses in the landscape, planting instructions, and maintenance advice. less...
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Amazon Says: Using native plants in a garden has many benefits. They attract beneficial wildlife and insects, they allow a gardener to create a garden that reflects the native beauty of th more...
Amazon Says: Using native plants in a garden has many benefits. They attract beneficial wildlife and insects, they allow a gardener to create a garden that reflects the native beauty of the region, and they make a garden more sustainable. Because of all this, they are an increasingly popular plant choice for home and public gardens. Native Plants of the Southeast shows you how to choose the best native plants and how to use them in the garden. This complete guide is an invaluable resource, with plant profiles for over 460 species of trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers. Each plant description includes information about cultivation and propagation, ranges, and hardiness. Comprehensive lists recommend particular plants for difficult situations, as well as plants for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife. Native Plants of the Southeast will be the definitive reference on the region's native flora for years to come. less...
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  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Home & Garden Info Center
    The Home & Garden Information Center provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health.
  • The National Gardening Association
    The National Gardening Association is a Vermont-based national nonprofit leader in garden-based education. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational garden programs.
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