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Books by Andrew Mikolajski

  • The Complete World Encyclopedia of Apples

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BFLXJ
    Hardback
    The first section of this book offers an insight into the significance of the apple in history. It then gives a botanical overview of the fruit and explains how to plant, nurture and cultivate your own apple harvest. The directory section features a unique photographic collection of over 400 internationally grown varieties. Apples are listed alphabetically from Acme to Zoete Ermgaard. The versatile apple is a popular ingredient in many tasty recipes, and a collection of classic apple recipes is featured. Dishes include Curried Apple Soup, Scallops with Apple Mash, Pumpkin and Apple Risotto, Baked Apples, and Apple Crumble.
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  • Scent in the Garden

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BDBOS
    Hardback
    This title helps you create a fragrant paradise to enjoy throughout the year, shown in 100 stunning photographs. You can make the most of scent around the garden by planting bulbs, annuals, perennials, herbs and small trees. You can choose beautiful plants that will calm, stimulate and uplift the body and spirit, such as butterfly bushes, honeysuckle, hyacinths, jasmine, lavender, lilac and roses. It describes scented schemes for many different garden styles, including cottage, Mediterranean and formal. It features an at-a-glance reference chart giving plant descriptions and a guide to their common names. Smell is one of the most powerful of our senses, and a glorious garden filled with subtle or intoxicating fragrances can affect our mood and wellbeing. This invaluable handbook describes the myriad plants that have scented qualities, whether it is in their flowers, leaves, fruit or bark, and explains how to use them effectively in different locations and garden styles. There is guidance on planting and harvesting for maximum fragrance, as well as advice on how to choose varieties that will provide interest throughout the year, and from morning until night. There is also a useful chart listing scented plants with their growing season and attributes.
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  • Hanging Baskets

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BDBOQ
    Hardback
    This title includes glorious hanging displays for year-round interest, shown in over 110 inspirational photographs. It includes everything you need to know to create wonderful hanging baskets in many different shapes and sizes. It includes ideas for baskets with dramatic flowers, pretty foliage, sumptuous scents, and fruit and herbs. You can enjoy lovely, healthy plants all year round - from alyssum to violas - and learn how to combine plants that will complement the style of your home. It features an at-a-glance reference chart giving plant descriptions and a guide to their common names. Hanging baskets provide long-lasting enjoyment with their fabulous blooms and gorgeous scents. They can brighten up walls and pergolas, and will always create a welcoming feel beside a doorway. Easy to plant up and maintain, even the least experienced gardener can quickly become adept at achieving beautiful creations. In this book, you will find illustrated instructions for making stunning baskets, with advice on choosing suitable plants and containers, as well as helpful reference charts outlining seasonal tasks and recommended plants. There is a wealth of ideas for creating hanging baskets brimming with flowers, foliage, fruit, herbs and vegetables.
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  • Perfect Patios and Terraces

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BDBON
    Hardback
    This title helps you discover the versatility of a beautiful courtyard garden, for entertaining, relaxing and extending your living space. It offers ideas for paths and paving with bricks, tiles, cobbles, gravel, railway sleepers and mosaics, and how to use walls, fences, plants, furniture, lighting and ornaments. It features a range of sites, including sunny, shady and windy, as well as structures suitable for children and pets. It includes suggestions for planting low-growing shrubs, pretty foliage plants, and flowers for seasonal interest. A well-designed courtyard gives years of pleasure. This useful handbook is packed with inspirational advice on creating the most attractive outdoor spaces. It considers the practical aspects of planning, as well as restrictions such as lack of light or space. It is full of ideas for overhauling the basic components of your garden, including surfaces, fences and plants, and describes how to make the most of special features such as ornaments and lighting to create the desired atmosphere. With illustrated examples, clear text and over 100 beautiful photographs, this is an essential guide for anyone wishing to maximize the potential of their patio or terrace.
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  • Pruning Success

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BCNGD
    Hardback
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    This title shows you how and when to prune all the key plants in your garden, with step-by-step photographs. It clearly explains the different methods of pruning, such as deadheading, shaping, clipping and trimming. It describes specific pruning techniques for different types of plants, including roses, shrubs, climbers and hedges. You can learn how to restrict the size of evergreens, trim vines, rejuvenate conifers, train apple trees and shorten the growth on soft fruit bushes to maximize their yield. It includes an at-a-glance seasonal chart to remind you when to prune, and a list of plants' common names. Most plants benefit from a prune for healthy growth and visual appeal, but many gardeners approach the task with trepidation. This accessible handbook provides a clear, easy-to-follow guide through the complexities, explaining why we prune, and giving step-by-step instructions on the different techniques. There is also advice on selecting and using equipment, an extensive section on pruning specific types of plants, and two useful charts showing methods of pruning and seasonal pruning. The book contains all the information you need to keep your plants beautifully healthy, flowering and fruiting prolifically, and looking just as you want them.
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  • How to Get Rid of Garden Pests and Diseases

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BBVMY
    Hardback
    How to identify, deal with and prevent over 800 common garden problems, with 925 photographs.
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  • Container Gardening

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: BAYQF
    Paperback
    The essential guide for anyone with a small space or no decent land on which to grow plants; for those who want something more manageable and easy to reach; for those who see the potential for the exciting visual effects of varied pots and containers - the benefits are endless. This great new guide will show you how to choose what types of containers to use; how to grow annuals, perennials, indoor plants, speciality plants, and even fruit and vegetables; and how to maintain your beautiful container garden. With clear text and hints and attractive illustration.
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  • Small Trees

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: ALIYR
    Paperback
    This is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 170 inspirational photographs. It contains everything you need to know about choosing, growing and pruning small ornamental trees, with planting ideas for using them in mixed borders, in woodland, as specimen plants and in containers. It includes a full photographic directory of more than 60 trees, such as Japanese maple, willow, cherry, crab apple, dogwood, hornbeam, magnolia, citrus, bay and holly. For each tree, full botanical information is given on its origin, height, spread, appearance and season of interest. Small trees are the architectural backbone of a garden, blessed with striking foliage, beautiful flowers and strong structural form. Whether you want the delicate beauty of spring blossom or a splash of bright autumn hue, there is a wide range of small ornamental trees to choose from. With practical advice on buying, planting, maintenance, pruning and propagation, this guide shows you how to introduce this versatile group of plants into your garden. An illustrated directory covers all the best trees to try, including those with pretty berries, interesting stems and bark, or those that attract wildlife. The book shows that a tree will lend style to any garden, no matter how small.
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  • Apples & How To Grow Them

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AJWQI
    Paperback
    This is a comprehensive directory, illustrated with beautiful photographs, describes more than 400 international apple varieties. It includes all the gardener needs to know about growing, training and pruning apple trees, as well as harvesting and storing the apples. It outlines the fascinating story of apple cultivation across the continents, and modern methods of breeding and developing new cultivars. Apples have long been a popular fruit, and can easily be cultivated in your own garden. This authoritative book explains with clear step-by step instructions on the best way to plant, look after and harvest your fruits. To help you choose a suitable variety, there is a visual directory, showing over 400 apple types, in a convenient alphabetical order. A photograph of each apple is shown both cut and whole, there is detailed information on the origin, parentage and appearance of the apple while still on the tree, with a description of the leaves, taste and texture, as well as any other particular points of interest to help with identification and choice.
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  • Garden Design

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AJPSZ
    Hardback
    Andrew Mikolajski's Garden Design offers a complete breakdown of the process involved in creating a garden, from making an initial assessment of the site's possibilities to applying design principles and choosing plants and landscaping materials. It is aimed at amateurs who have no previous knowledge of garden-making but will also be of value to professionals entering the trade. Most books on garden design are either very technical or are predominantly picture books. This manual is different. A lively and provocative read, it is full of handy hints and tips for creating the perfect outdoor environment. Readers are encouraged to explore and question established ideas about good garden design, and will be sure to grow in confidence as they learn how to make informed decisions about every aspect of the garden design process.
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  • The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of 1001 Garden Questions Answered

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AIESF
    Paperback
    This title includes succinct advice on site, aspect, soil, compost, lawns, fences, pruning, training, propagation, pest control and more. It is an authoritative guide: helpful solutions to more than 1001 of the most frequently asked questions in one accessible at-a-glance volume. It answers queries on garden sites, soil, walls, lawns, fences, patios, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs, houseplants, vegetables, container gardening, the water garden, compost, propagation, weed control, everyday maintenance and greenhouses. It comes with over 850 photographs, this volume will help you find a quick solution to every garden question. Whether you're a novice gardener or have been growing plants for years, each season can bring new dilemmas that need addressing. This handy volume asks every typical garden question and provides invaluable guidance for successful gardening. There are chapters on planning and assessing the garden site; the hard landscape; lawns; the ornamental garden; the kitchen garden; the water garden; propagation; pruning and training; garden problems; growing under cover; and garden equipment. All provide suggestions, help and reassurance for the concerns most likely to be encountered, making this the perfect reference book for every gardener.
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  • Lilies

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AHVQA
    Paperback
    This is an inspirational and practical handbook celebrating one of the most popular and attractive garden plants. It features a full photographic directory of over 60 lilies, including Asiatic, Martagon, Candidum, American, Longiflorum, Trumpet, Aurelian and Oriental hybrids, as well as a range of beautiful species lilies. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on its history, growth, hue, height and suitability. It offers step-by-step photographic guidance on planting lilies, growing in containers, techniques for propagating and hybridizing, and how to deal with pests and diseases. It includes a handy buying guide, a calendar of care explaining what tasks need doing in each season, and a detailed list of recommended varieties to try. Renowned for their magnificent displays and powerful fragrance, lilies are the most regal of all summer bulbs. Traditionally, many lilies were connoisseurs' plants, but extensive interbreeding has created a whole range of sumptuous hybrids that are surprisingly easy to grow. Lilies look wonderful grown in borders or in containers on the patio or terrace, and this book explains how to buy, cultivate and plant them successfully. A history section explores the rise in popularity of the lily, and a sumptuously illustrated directory features 60 of the most beautiful varieties. The book will ensure a thriving collection of these intoxicating flowers in your garden.
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  • Gardening Tasks Through the Year

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AHCYO
    Hardback
    This is a concise calendar of practical tasks, covering all aspects of flower, kitchen and greenhouse gardening throughout all four seasons of the year. You can master a range of new gardening skills, with simple, illustrated step-by-step instructions. It includes suggestions for creative projects, as well as essential tasks to keep your garden looking good. It features a useful glossary of terms, and quick reference charts indicating what to do when in the garden. This practical handbook takes the guesswork out of knowing what to do when in the garden, right through the year. It gives advice on preparing the ground, sowing, planting and caring for plants, and harvesting fruit and vegetables, from early spring to late summer and into winter. Basic maintenance tasks are included, together with brilliant ideas for creative projects such as planting up a pretty hanging basket, making the most of summer bulbs in a mixed border, and which plants will extend the season. Illustrated with step-by-step techniques and packed with expert gardening tips, this book is an essential companion for every garden enthusiast.
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  • Modern Roses

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AGSSA
    Paperback
    This is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 150 beautiful photographs. It features full photographic directory of over 40 varieties, including cluster-flowered roses, miniature roses, ground-cover roses, large-flowered roses and rugosa roses. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on history, growth, hue, height, spread and suitability. It offers step-by-step guidance on planting, propagation and pruning, and how to deal with common pests and diseases. It includes instructions on using roses for hedging and ground cover, and combining them with other plants. It is a highly accessible guide to some of the world's best-loved plants, celebrating their diversity and beauty. It offers everything you need to know at a glance in one handy and superbly illustrated practical guide. The rose is the quintessential flower of the summer, and apart from the beauty of the flowers, many modern varieties have the twin advantages of a long flowering season and disease resistance. With hues ranging from delicate pastels to glowing reds, yellows and oranges, the range has never been wider, encompassing roses for growing en masse or in conjunction with other plants, as hedges, ground cover or in containers. This beautiful book explains how to use modern roses to their best advantage, and features a directory of over 40 varieties. There are practical instructions for planting, propagating and pruning roses, ensuring a magnificent display in all types of garden.
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  • Old Roses

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AGNCC
    Paperback
    This is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 120 beautiful photographs. It offers everything you need to know at a glance in one handy and sumptuously illustrated practical guide. It features a full photographic directory of more than 40 old roses, including wild roses, albas, Bourbons, centifolias, mosses, Chinas, teas, damasks and gallicas. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on history, growth, hue, height, spread and suitability. It offers step-by-step photographic guidance on planting, propagation, pruning, and pests and diseases. It includes instructions on planting old roses in borders, containers, as pyramids, or trained against a wall. It is a highly accessible guide to some of the most popular and best-loved plants, celebrating their scent and beauty. For as long as people have made gardens they have grown roses in them, and it would be impossible to exaggerate the rose's importance among garden plants. Roses developed and grown before World War I are known as 'old roses', and with their full rosette blooms or beautifully shaped flat petals, they deserve special attention. This book explains how to recognize different types of old rose and grow them to their best advantage. A fully illustrated directory of 40 recommended varieties, together with expert advice on how and where to plant them and their flowering times, will help you to create a spectacular display of these magnificent, historical plants.
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  • Conifers

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AGHNE
    Paperback
    This title is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 160 beautiful photographs. Everything you need to know at a glance in one handy and superbly illustrated practical guide. It offers full photographic directory of over 50 varieties, including large, medium, small and dwarf conifers. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on history, growth, hue, height, spread and suitability. It offers step-by-step guidance on planting, propagation and pruning, and how to deal with common pests and diseases. It includes instructions on buying conifers, growing them in containers, transplanting established shrubs and trees, and creating evergreen conifer hedges. It is a highly accessible guide to some of the most popular and versatile plants, celebrating their diversity and beauty. Mainly evergreen, tough and hardy, conifers give year-round pleasure and interest, providing superb backdrops to the transient flowers of summer, then coming into their own in autumn and winter as their firm outlines begin to dominate the scene. This book explains the place of conifers in the plant kingdom, suggests ways in which they can be used in the garden, and illustrates some of the most striking types now in cultivation. A fully illustrated directory of 50 recommended varieties, together with expert advice on how and where to plant them to their best advantage, will help you to create bold shapes, textures and contours in all types of garden.
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  • Climbing Roses

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AGBWM
    Paperback
    This is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 160 beautiful photographs. It provides everything you need to know at a glance in one handy and richly illustrated practical guide. It offers a full photographic directory of more than 50 climbing roses, from ramblers and large types to shorter varieties. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on history, growth, hue, height, spread and suitability. It includes step-by-step guidance on planting, propagation and pruning, and how to deal with common pests and diseases. It includes instructions on fixing trellises or vine eyes to secure plants on a wall, planting against a tree, and growing in containers with canes or bamboo supports. It is a highly accessible guide to some of the most popular and best-loved plants, celebrating their scent and beauty. The breathtaking beauty of climbing roses makes them an indispensable part of the garden - at the height of summer, they put on a display of amazing brilliance. Because they come in such a wonderful range of sizes and hues that represent almost the entire spectrum of the rainbow, there is a climbing rose for every situation. This book explains how to use these flowering plants to their best advantage, covering their history, a guide to the different shapes, and exciting design ideas. A fully illustrated directory of 50 varieties gives botanical descriptions and planting ideas, and a grower's guide will ensure success with these beautiful climbing plants.
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  • Fuchsias

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AFRQM
    Paperback
    It is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and more than 130 beautiful photographs. It offers everything you need to know about fuchsias at a glance in one handy practical gardening guide. It includes a beautiful photographic directory of over 35 types, including both hardy and tender fuchsias. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on the plant's history, growth, size and flowering. It includes step-by-step guidance on planting, propagating, pruning and training fuchsias, and dealing with pests and diseases. It features superb ideas for planting bedding fuchsias in the garden, growing in containers, potting on, creating beautiful hanging baskets and cultivating under glass. It is the definitive handbook for one of the most popular and best-loved garden plants. It is not surprising that fuchsias are among the most popular plants grown today. Few, if any, other flowering shrubs can rival the fuchsia for its reliability and ease of cultivation, combined with the staggering variety of hues, shapes and sizes which make it such a familiar sight of summer. This practical book explains how to use fuchsias to their best advantage in the garden - as bedding plants, in borders, as hedges, and in containers and baskets - and provides a complete guide to over 35 varieties. From selecting the best types to planting baskets, pruning and training, the book offers expert advice that will help you to grow and enjoy these wonderful plants.
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  • The Complete Gardening Book Box

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AEDWK
    Paperback
    This title provides everything you need to know to create and maintain a stunning garden throughout the year, with 10 inspirational and practical books. Planning and maintaining a successful garden - one that meets the needs and aspirations of the owner - is an enjoyable and creative process. The skills required can be mastered by everyone and are clearly explained in this beautiful set of books. The tasks involved in creating and improving a garden are divided into manageable units, to help you maximize the potential of your site. So if you dream of borders of colourful and scented blooms, a healthy green lawn, a patio in which to relax, or even low-maintenance ideas to lessen the workload, here are the skills to guarantee success. These handy books also make it easy to devise planting schemes that incorporate year-round colour, architectural shapes and different plant textures into the garden. There are plenty of schemes for colourful, fragrant, and even edible, hanging baskets and window boxes, as well as ideas for filling space with annuals, and incorporating perennials and shrubs into your garden design. With over 1200 colour photographs and accessible and informative text by respected horticultural experts, this comprehensive set of gardening guides will give inspiration and practical suggestions to improve any garden situation.
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  • The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Apples

    Andrew Mikolajski

    Product Code: AARWN
    Hardback
    This comprehensive introduction contains everything you need to know about the history, botany and cultivation of apples, from planting, pruning and propagation to harvesting, storing and cooking. A stunning identification guide features 800 original photographs and provides detailed information regarding skin colourings, markings, textures and types and leaf and apple shapes. It is packed with over 60 inspirational and scrumptious recipes for a fabulous selection of breakfasts, appetizers, main courses, salads, side dishes, sauces, preserves, drinks and desserts. The first section of this book offers the reader an insight into the significance of the apple in history and mythology. It then gives a botanical overview and description of the plant from its early geographical origins, and explains in step-by-step detail how to plant, nurture and cultivate your own apple harvest. The directory section features a stunning and unique photographic collection of 400 internationally grown apple varieties. Apples are listed alphabetically and each entry provides detailed identification descriptions. All entries are accompanied by colour images of the apple either in situ on the tree, showing the outside or sliced open. The third and final section includes a collection of more than 60 international apple recipes.
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