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The Avant Gardener
A Handbook and Sourcebook of All That's New and Useful in Gardening
by Thomas and Betty Powell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Copyright 1975

Today, when nostalgia is no substitute for know-how, The Avant Gardener offers the best, last word on the fast-changing horticultural scene.  For the budding novice or the expert, it's the only book of up-to-date information about all the new discoveries and plants that are making gardening America's fastest growing hobby.

Its 27 chapters cover every aspect of gardening.  Unusual "new" flowers . . . rediscovered old-fashioned ones -- improved trees and shrubs -- interior "plant-scaping" -- dream greenhouses -- scented lawns (and long-season grasses) -- fruits and nuts -- container gardening -- the most useful tools, products, and new procedures.  And each entry is followed by the names and addresses of its sources, just where you need them, without having to thumb back and forth through the book.

The Avant Gardener is a mine of useful and fascinating information, including:

*  How to keep a garden growing despite shortages of commercial fertilizers

* Which organic, homemade, or inexpensive mulches and compost materials have the highest nutritive content

* Why banana skins are good for roses and eggshells for houseplants

* How to break up a clay soil without breaking your back

With The Avant Gardener by his side, the new gardener will save mony and avoid disappointments by learning how to garden the modern way, as well as finding out which variety of plant will best suit his needs.  The veteran gardener will be delighted with the numbers of new plants that are available to gardeners who know where to find them.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover shows edge wear, tear and discoloration.  Pages are tanning from age.


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