Garden Techniques (Collins Practical Gardener) : Part of the tremendously successful Practical Gardener series, Garden Techniques will teach you the very basics of what gardening is all about and the skills and techniques needed to succeed. From flower to food gardening, this back-to-basics reference will teach you the importance different types of soil and how they work and explain how plants grow. It then shows how to plant and grow everything from trees and shrubs, climbers, roses, perennials, annuals/biennials, to vegetables, fruits and herbs. Also included are lawns, greenhouses, container and water gardening. Full of handy tips on planting, pruning and propagation techniques, Garden Techniques also covers feed, water, composting and weeding. Featuring a year-round guide to gardening techniques and an indispensable pests and diseases directory, which will help you identify what is wrong and how to control it.