By Greg Starr
Gardeners and backyard designers are having a love affair with agaves. It's effortless to determine why—they're low upkeep, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an surprising variety of shape and colour. Many species are strikingly variegated, and a few have contrasting decorative spines at the edges in their leaves. really good for box gardening or in-the-ground tradition, they mix versatility with effortless growability.
In Agaves, plant professional Greg Starr profiles seventy five species, with extra cultivars and hybrids, most fitted to gardens and landscapes. every one plant access encompasses a targeted description of the plant, in addition to its cultural necessities, together with hardiness, sunlight publicity, water wishes, soil necessities, and strategies of propagation. Agaves can swap dramatically as they age and this entire advisor comprises photographs exhibiting each one species from adolescence to maturity—a useful characteristic distinctive to this booklet.
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3 BUILDER’S TIP When installing the hinges, hold them in place and use an awl to poke starter holes where the screws will go. 14 55 Tool Rack MATERIALS Lumber 1" × 4" cedar (two 8' lengths) Supplies 1⅝" exterior wood screws (20 or so) 2½" mounting screws (8 or so) Tools Tape measure Pencil Carpenter’s square Wood saw Power drill 5 " ⁄32 twist drill bit 1½" spade drill bit Driver bit to match screws You’ll find that your gardening chores will be completed much more quickly and you’ll be in a better frame of mind if your tools are readily available.
When planting the seeds, space them about 2" apart around the perimeter of the teepee. As the vines mature, train them to climb the poles, and mulch with straw or grass clippings to help retain soil moisture. 13 51 Handy House Mounted to a post near your garden entrance, this house-style box will come in handy for holding items you may now lug around in your pockets. TTHANDY HOUSE. This garden-side storage box keeps planting aids at hand, saving you many return trips to the house or shed. 13 Cutting diagram 2" × 4" cedar (8' length) 1" × 8" cedar (6' length) 1" × 10" cedar (6' length) Supplies Pair of 1½" × 1¼" hinges and screws to go with them " 1½ hook-and-eye door latch 2¼" trim-head screws (15 or so) 1⅝" trim-head screws (15 or so) Small brass hook Notepad Two poultry staples 7 5⁄8” F ¾" 13½" 6 13⁄16” Tools Tape measure Pencil Combination square Wood saw Power drill ⅛" twist drill bit Driver bit to match screws Shovel Awl Phillips screwdriver Utility knife ¾" chisel Extension-bit holder Staple gun G 13 5⁄16" 45° bevel cut cut 2 C 7¼" Moving In You’ll soon find many uses for your handy house, from string for lining up rows to a trowel to supplies you usually have to go back to the house for (a saltshaker for discouraging the cabbage moths, a duster of rotenone, rubber knee pads worn for the fine weeding, a section of old sheeting to be torn up for tomato ties).