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The Inspired Houseplant: Transform Your Home with Indoor Plants from Kokedama to Terrariums and Water Gardens to Edibles

Sasquatch. Jan. 2019. 208p. photos. index. ISBN 9781632171771. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781632171788. GARDENING
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OrangeReviewStarRenton, WA-based Stearns, owner of Urban Sprouts, doesn't believe in black or brown thumbs. As far as she's concerned, anyone, given a few simple rules and some basic science, can successfully grow houseplants. Fortuitously, that's exactly what her exemplary new book provides. From selecting the right houseplant, whether desert, temperate, tropical, or aquatic, and then taking care of it by watering, feeding, pruning, and potting as needed, Stearns delivers, in lively, engaging prose accented with gorgeous photographs, everything novice gardeners will need to succeed. As an added treat, the author includes projects involving terrariums, hanging gardens, and kitchen gardens that will help readers expand on their newfound knowledge as well as offering practical ideas for incorporating plants into a variety of home decors.
VERDICT Beginning indoor gardeners hoping to green up their homes will find no better resource than this stellar guide.

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