|Gardening can be frustratingly shrouded in secrecy.
Fickle plants make seemingly spontaneous decisions to bloom or bust,
seeds sprout magically in the blink of an eye, and deep-rooted
mysteries unfold underground and out of sight. Understanding basic
botany is like unlocking a horticultural code; fortunately learning a
little science can reveal the secrets of the botanical universe and
shed some light on what’s really going on in your garden.
|Practical Botany for
Gardeners provides an elegant and accessible
introduction to the world of botany. It presents the essentials that
every gardener needs to know, connecting explanations of scientific
facts with useful gardening tips.
Flip to the roots section and you’ll not only learn how different
of roots support a plant but also find that adding fungi to soil aids
growth. The pruning section both defines “lateral buds” and
how far back on a shoot to cut in order to propagate them.
The book breaks down key areas and terminology with easy-to-navigate
chapters arranged by theme, such as plant types, plant parts, inner
workings, and external factors. “Great Botanists” and
Action” boxes delve deeper into the fascinating byways of plant
science. This multifaceted book also includes two hundred botanical
illustrations and basic diagrams that hearken to the classic roots of
Practical Botany for Gardeners
Over 3,000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored
by Geoff Hodge
State University Press, 2013
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