Good Gardens with Less Water

Paper: 978 0 643 09470 3 / $36.95
Published: July 2008  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
176 pp., 7 1/2" x 9 1/2"
full color throughout

Series: CSIRO Publishing Gardening Guides
It is possible to have a great garden anywhere in Australia, even under the toughest water restrictions. Good Gardens with Less Water will show you how.

A companion to Kevin Handreck’s best-selling Gardening Down-Under, this new book is a practical guide to gardening with limited water.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book contains a wealth of information on such key topics as: how to improve soil structure to maximize the retention of water for use by plants; selecting drought-tolerant native and exotic plants; working out how much water to apply to different types of plants; choosing the best lawn grass for your climate; rainwater harvesting and use; and how to avoid problems when greywater is used in the garden.

With specific chapters devoted to watering systems and equipment, mulches, planting techniques and potted plants, this book offers practical solutions for anyone who wishes to garden sustainably.

Table of Contents:
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1) Causes of Water Shortages; 2) Plants and Water; 3) Know Your Soil; 4) Organic Matter and Soils; 5) Your Soil is a Reservoir; 6) Water Quality; 7) Delivering Water to Your Plants; 8) Garden Watering Systems; 9) Mulches: The Facts; 10) New Gardens and New Gardens From Old; 11) Dealing With Too Much Water; 12) Lawns; 13) Water for Plants in Pots; 14) Testing Potting Mixes; Appendix 1: Sources of Extra Information; Index.

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"While there are definitely sections that are specific to Australia, I think that there is interesting information for everyone in this book. Packed with tips and advice, it can be a great long read. However, you can make it as short as you want by skimming to the sections that are relevant to you. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be more efficient with water in his or her garden."
- Washington Gardener
"A timely book that offers practical solutions to gardeners and garden designers interested in sustainable gardens. Highly recommended."
- Landscape Outlook
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