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Vegetables love flowers : companion planting for beauty and bounty
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Fight garden pests and increase your yields the natural way with this tried and true technique!

Planting vegetables and flowers together is one of the oldest ways to create a healthy, bountiful garden ; but there's more to the method than you might think. Vegetables Love Flowers walks you through the ins and outs of companion planting, from how it works to which plants go together and how to grow the best garden for your climate.

Alongside gorgeous garden photography , you'll also learn about: Seed-starting, growing, and harvesting How to make garden flower bouquets, with "recipes" for various arrangements How to attract beneficial creatures to pollinate your garden and prey on its pests Pesticide-free pest-control measures Composting heaps and bins With the right information and some careful planning, you can help your plants thrive --and beautify your garden in the process.
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Flower gardening tends to be considered distinct from vegetable gardening two categories typically addressed separately but Ziegler asserts that both types of plant benefit from being grown together. In addition to creating more vigorous plants, it also results in healthier soil, a more supportive environment for pollinators and beneficial predators, and less work for the gardener. The book starts with the basics of how to add flowers to a vegetable garden and then moves on to highlight specific annuals and the seasons they grow in, so the gardener can plan for continuous floral blooms throughout the vegetable growing season. For each of the more than 20 plants featured, a list of specs and large color photographs are provided, along with seed-starting instructions, care guidelines, and harvesting tips. Ziegler's business specializes in cut flowers, and she recommends combinations and tips for this use as well. General garden care is also addressed, including soil amendments, organic fertilizers and pest control, garden design, irrigation, and more. An appendix illustrates a variety of bed designs.--Heidemann, Anne Copyright 2018 Booklist
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