Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice

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Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice

Format:  Paperback,

350 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Jun 2008

ISBN-13: 9781405160636

ISBN-10: 1405160632

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Most conventional gardening books concentrate on how and when to carry out horticultural tasks such as pruning, seed sowing and taking cuttings. This book is unique in explaining in straightforward terms some of the science that underlies these practices. It is principally a book of 'Why' - Why are plants green? Why should one cut beneath a leaf node when taking cuttings? Why do plants need so much water? But it also goes on to deal with the 'How', providing rationale behind the practical advice. The coverage is wide-ranging and comprehensive and includes the basic structure and functioning of garden plants, nomenclature, genetics and plant breeding, soil management, environmental factors affecting growth, methods of propagation and production, pest and disease control, post harvest management and storage, and conservation and sustainable horticulture. Now with full colour throughout, the second edition provides the reader with: Completely revised and updated chapters from the first edition, with new information and clearer focus on the topics Four new chapters, dealing with matters that have become of increasing concern since the first edition, namely: Diversity in the Plant World; Conservation and Sustainable Gardening; Gardens and the Natural World; and Gardens for Science. Published on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, this book remains a key text for those sitting RHS examinations, particularly at levels 2 and 3; it will also appeal to gardeners, growers and scientists. Key Features Bestselling essential text for all horticulture students Edited and written by a group of highly regarded scientists Covers the scientific information of greatest importance to gardeners and horticulturists Jargon-free scientific explanations, a comprehensive glossary, and copious colour illustrations


Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2008
ISBN-13: 9781405160636
ISBN-10: 1405160632
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.98
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.5 x 9.75 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9781405160636

Chapter outline

Diversity in the Plant World
Know your Plant: Structure and Function
Reproduction: Securing the future
Naming Plants
Selecting and Breeding Plants
Soils and Roots
Soil Cultivation and Fertility
The Plant's Environment: Light and Water
Raising Plants from Seed
Propagating Plants Vegetatively
Shape and Size
Colour, Scent and Sound in the Garden
Climate, Weather and Seasonal Effects
Gardening in the Greenhouse
The Diversity of Undesirables
Controlling the undesirables
Maturation, Ripening and Storage
Conservation and Sustainable Gardening
Gardens and the Natural World
Gardens for Science

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