John Tullock (Powell, TN) has written thirteen how-to books and illustrated several of them with his photography. His enormously successful Natural Reef Aquariums is now in its fifth printing. The American Horticulture Society named his Growing Hardy Orchids on of the five "Great Garden Books" of 2006. Tullock grew up on his family's farm. During the 1980s, he operated a retail business that farmed five acres organically. After moving back to the city in the late 1990s, he stated selling plants from his suburban garden, eventually operating a mail-order rare-plant nursery until 2003. Now a full-time author and consultant, he works from his home and garden near Knoxville, TN.
Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.
'Its great merit is that one feels that every operation described has been personally carried out by the author and selected as the most satisfactory after due consideration of traditional methods. The treatment of each plant is described from start to finish with sense, relish and humour; there are many fascinating analyses of vitamin and mineral contents and nutritional values, of different vegetables and fruits; and there is excellent advice on picking, harvesting, as well as on cooking ... it is the best practical guide to the subject that has appeared for years, and the author is not concerned with argument or philosophy, only with growing produce well.' Country Life
'There is no better guide to non-chemical gardening than Lawrence D. Hills ... He is exceptionally well read and a good practical gardener into the bargain, not a very common combination, and no doubt because of his wide-ranging knowledge he is more balanced in his views than some advocates of all-organic gardening ... Where I find Mr Hills most stimulating is in his highly personal approach to fruit and vegetable varieties and his recommendations based on such commercially unfashionable criteria as flavour and food value. There is a wealth of information here which would be difficult to find in any other single book.' A. G. L. Hellyer in the Financial Times
Packed with helpful tips on controlling pests safely, managing weeds, and correcting common gardening problems, Gardening for Dummies turns your brown thumb green in a hurry.
-- Easier to build than typical raised-bed or container gardens
-- Easier to arrange and access than other raised-bed gardens
-- Less expensive than most raised-bed or container gardens of equal size
-- Greater resistance to pests
-- No tilling
-- No or little weeding
Finally, with color illustrations, the reader is shown what grows best next to what and how much can be planted to maximize yield.
· Plant preparation
· Soil preparation
· Ground level, raised bed, pots, trellises, etc.
· Pest control
Vibrant watercolor illustrations throughout remind us that beautiful produce is often the best culinary inspiration.
In Succulents at Home, expert gardener John Tullock addresses these questions and many more. Here, readers will learn to make the most of their plants from the how and why of soil and container choice to step-by-step instructions for repotting, propagating new succulents, and creating arrangements like terrariums and wreaths. The book is complete with a catalog of 75 species—flower-shaped echeverias, pointy hawthornias, flowering kalanchoes, round mammillaria cacti, and more—which explains special care instructions for each variety.
Tullock’s friendly voice and years of experience, and more than 100 color photographs, make this a must-have guide for fool-proof succulent gardening. And with a focus on growing succulents to enjoy indoors, this is a book for plant lovers in all regions and climates.