The American Gardener
If you think people are born with a green thumb, THINK AGAIN!
I used to have a brown thumb. I tried raising all sorts of plants, and no matter what type of plant it was they ALWAYS died!
I tried planting rose bushes, and before the beauties could even bloom the bushes had become dried sticks without a touch of green. I tried planting corn, squash, beans and all sorts of vegetables and my garden didn't even produce a single kernel. Not even enough food to feed an ant. Believe me, I am sure that the ants and bees were laughing their heads off at me as they searched for food elsewhere. They sure weren't finding anything to eat in MY YARD!
I so desperately wanted to see a little lively green plant growing happily in my home. I wanted fresh vegetables for my table. All I found instead was bad luck, wasted money, and a lot of ceremonies where I would go outside, and somberly say goodbye to yet another dead plant.
Then one day I discovered air plants! I was at a craft show, and a lady there was selling air plants that were OH SO BEAUTIFUL! She said NO ONE could kill these plants. She told me that all they needed was to be hung in the bathroom, and the steam from the shower would provide all the nutrients they needed. NO DIRT! NO FERTILIZER! They needed nothing except a moist environment that is provided in any bathroom.
I was as happy as an ant on a hill of honey when I got home with my new plants. I purchased 3 beautiful air plants, hung them neatly in my bathrooms and basked in the joy of FINALLY seeing a thing of beauty growing in my home.
That is until they died. All three of them, yes all three, died. Within a month they were gone, dried up, dead, 3 more somber ceremonies. So much for my green thumb.
I gave up on growing plants for years after that. The air plants were my last attempt, and I had given up for good.
Then one day I was searching the internet for information about knitting. I stumbled across a gardening forum where ladies were knitting plant pot covers. One of the ladies had a picture of the most beautiful tree I had ever seen in my life! A dark red Japanese Maple tree that had a breath taking beauty that I had never seen before in my life.
I HAD to have one!! This tree was so beautiful, I wanted one so badly that I spent months researching Japanese Maples and how to grow them successfully.
Japanese Maples, I found, are very expensive. I wanted to learn all I could about them before I purchased my own, because I wanted to MAKE SURE that my Japanese Maple would not die! YES, to a the
Here's What You'll Find In The American Gardener:
Choosing the right location on your property for growing plants. You'll find in depth information on slope of your land, and what spot is best for growing successfully.
healthy nutrition provide properly soil>Fencing techniques for your garden. I LOVE this section. The author provides humorous techniques for using hawthorn trees as fencing, to keep troublesome lads from stealing their fruits and vegetables! You do not need to spend hundreds for a chain link, wooden or brick fence. Use hawthorn trees and with a little love and time you'll have a fence that will make your neighbors green with envy! Designing, or laying out, your garden so that it's pleasing to the eye yet functional as well. How to make hotbeds, so that you can start your vegetables earlier in the season and have edible produce as many as 15 days earlier than normal! This can be a moneymaker if you sell produce. Be the first in your neighborhood to have fresh green tomatoes and watermelons!
Learn the benefits of operating a hobby greenhouse, and how it can be beneficially to your household.
Learn about true seeds and the soundness of seed. You'll learn how to test seed before you plant them, to determine if you have good seed or bad. Some seed will not grow if it's bad, and by using a simple technique you can throw out the bad instead of laboring with planting them only to find no lovely sprouts growing where they were sowed.
Learn proper methods for saving and preserving seed. I now save seed regularly and have a yard full of beautiful blooms from seeds I have saved and sown. Learn proper sowing methods to improve your seeds germination rate, and to ensure healthy plants. Proper spacing and depth can mean success or failure in the garden!
American Gardener provides proper transplanting methods, to ensure your plants survival when moving from one area to another. This is the chapter that covers the information I was looking for, to ensure my Japanese Maples survival. I now have two Japanese Maples growing successfully in my yard, and what beauty they both bring!
Cultivating your garden properly and methods for tilling, trenching and sowing to ensure your gardens success.
Learn propagating methods(grow many more plants form just one stock plant). Learn propagating from cuttings, by grafting, by using stock tress, by budding and by layering.
There is a nice section on growing grapes in minimum space while producing so many grapes that it'll make your mouth water!
Learn how to successfully grow 81 different vegetables and herbs, 26 tasty fruits and nuts and the most popular flowers and shrubs with the most gorgeous blooms!
You are sure to love the information, guidance and tips provided in American Gardener! I have used this information for myself, and now have a yard full of beautiful trees, flowers and plants instead of a mass plant graveyard!
This past spring I planted a successful vegetable garden that provided enough produce to feed 5 families for 2 months and provide many bags for our freezers! My second fall garden was planted just last week and is already sprouting many tiny plants for a second harvest. All this was planted on a piece of plot that measures not more than 20 feet by 40 feet! I had so many cucumbers growing that I could not even can them all I had to give them away! My zucchini's were so huge that they had to be shared with my in laws and my mother, because we could not eat them as fast as they grew. My flowerbed has lavender, dianthus, clematis, daisies and many odd plants growing beautifully. My verbena has taken over our drive; it's outgrown its bed! I now have 2 Japanese Maples growing successfully. One a glowing embers the other the coveted bloodgood (the most beautiful tree on the planet in my opinion). I have hundreds of boxwood that I propagated from cuttings, growing successfully beside my cuttings beds. My Azaleas are rooting successfully now, and they are LIVING!
I have come a long way from where I could not even keep an air plant alive, the where I am now growing plants with no roots in just a box of peat moss and sand!
My success is thanks to books like the American Gardener.