The Water Gardener's Bible: A Step-by-step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Wate... (Paperback)

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BEN HELM is a marine biologist and the marketing and product manager for Nishikoi.Aquaculture Ltd., where he also manages the company’s consumer advice service. A prolific writer with over 300 published articles, he lives in the UK.

Whether it is a small container of water on a deck or patio serving as home to a few plants and water creatures or a more elaborate mix of waterfalls, fountains, rockwork, and lighting, the water garden can be a lovely, spirit-soothing addition to one’s property—a place to unwind, relax, and escape the cares of the world.

But while water has been a prominent feature in garden designs for thousands of years, it is only recently—with the availability of preformed kits at the local home improvement center—that installing a beautiful water garden has become a feasible undertaking for the average homeowner. And now, with the extremely clear and complete instructions in this practical, hands-on guide, a backyard water garden is easier than ever to build and maintain.

This is a true bible on the subject—with comprehensive information on everything from choosing the right site and selecting aquatic plants and fish to pond management and problem solving. The pages are crammed with specifics about pond biology and chemistry, beneficial bacteria, fish health, nuisance algae, and electrical and child safety—all that is necessary to duplicate the sights, sounds, and sanctuary of a babbling brook, splashing fountain, or cascading waterfall right in the backyard.


Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
ISBN 9781594866586
Genre GARDENING / Techniques
Format Paperback
Pages 192
Publisher Date 2008-02-19 00:00:00.0
Publisher Rodale Pr
Copyright Year 2008
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 1.3 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Step-by-step Guide to Building, Planting, Stocking, and Maintaining a Backyard Water Garden
Audience General/trade
Authors Helm, Ben

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  • Great for planning our pond!

    We are putting in a pond and a natural pool. We will need lots of water plants that will be people friendly and work with the mgmt of the Eco system of the natural pool. This book is really helpful!

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