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Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening. His grow-up, grow-down system also shows which ground-level plants make good companions underneath and alongside climbing plants. Best of all, many of Fell's greatest climbers and mutually beneficial plants are available in seed packets in every local garden center.
With a mix of DIY and commercially available string supports, trellises, pergolas, raised beds, skyscraper gardens, and topsy-turvy planters, the vertical garden system reduces work, increases yields, makes harvesting easier, and can be practiced in spaces as small as a container or a one-by-four-foot strip. Vertical Gardening features 100 color photos of the author's own vertical methods and showcases beautiful, troublefree perennials, shrubs, vegetables, annuals, and fruit perfect for this new, rewarding way to garden.
"A revealing and moving life of Vincent van Gogh, his search for love and devastating romantic losses.
Thwarted passion, romantic disappointment, madness, and the redemptive power of genius - a portrait of the artist that views Vincent van Gogh and his work boldly anew."
Derek Fell has grown hundreds of varieties and annually visits gardens and test plots across America, so he's qualified to guide gardeners to the best of the best—more than 600 vegetable, flower, herb, and lawn grass all-stars. He offers honest feedback about plant performance, even when it contradicts favorable public opinion or a grower's claims. Seed racks may be filled with ‘Kentucky Wonder' snap beans, but he dismisses that variety as too fibrous and needy and instead recommends ‘Blue Lake' beans for tenderness and high yields. Fell's firsthand experience means the difference between choosing plant winners and losers.
Packed with insider evaluations from seedsmen, growers, and nursery retailers that readers won't find elsewhere, Derek Fell's Grow This! explains industry lingo and debunks marketing hype to help gardeners select the best-performing plants for all garden conditions and goals.
Wilde’s response was probably no exaggeration, for good writing involves good self-editing – reading and re-reading to find the best choice of words, the correct placement of punctuation, and the elimination of all extraneous matter so the text carries the reader along briskly through twists and turns in the plot to the end.
In the world of publishing there are two kinds of published works – non-fiction and fiction. Non-fiction, of course, is a book that deals with reality. Typical non-fiction categories include biography, travel, natural history, cookery, self-help and gardening. Fiction is make-believe, and some typical categories of fiction include modern and historical romance, modern and historical drama, science fiction, murder mysteries, horror stories, and the supernatural such as vampire tomes. Some blockbuster novels that fit into these categories include Rebecca, a very clever murder mystery; Jurassic Park, a science fiction masterpiece involving the use of dinosaurs in a theme park; and Swamplandia!, the story of a thirteen year-old girl dealing with perceptions of the supernatural in her search for a lost sister, what publishers like to call ‘woo-woo.’
Just about everyone who has ever READ a novel thinks they can WRITE one. It’s certainly easy enough to write a novel, it’s another matter altogether to get it published and then another stretch for it to be successful, selling blockbuster quantities. What first time writers fail to realize when they begin writing a novel is that publishers look for certain key elements in a story: a tried and true FORMULA that will help a book enjoy commercial success. It has never been easy to get published, especially for first-time novelists, but today it is harder than ever as publishers find book selling a riskier business, with sales switching from a shrinking traditional market, such as booksellers, to e-books where they must compete with increasing numbers of self-published works, most of which are poorly written because the writers never had any proper training or instruction. This book, therefore, aims to give first-time writers an opportunity to write a successful novel the first time, and if they have already written one to go through it applying the lessons learned here so that they can make it more appealing to a publisher, and therefore the reading public.
Since there are many references to sections of my own three novels in the following text, you might want to read them. They are: The Highlander’s Woman, a historical romance set in the 1820’s; Xenophobia, a modern political drama; and Dieback, a modern murder mystery. The first of these is 105,000 words in length; the other two are approximately 70,000 words long.
All three are available as eBooks.
Most people think of garden writing as a column in a local newspaper or a plant profile in a magazine – and not very well paid. But there are many other more lucrative avenues to pursue that can enable you to make garden writing a full time avocation, earning a respectable income. But whether you are looking to make garden writing a livelihood, or little more than a retirement enterprise, the methods used to be an effective garden writer differ among the various forms of media. For example, writing about gardening for a newspaper or newsletter (which requires timely, sometimes controversial pieces) demands a different discipline than writing for a magazine (where articles are often graphics-driven) and even different again when writing for a website (which often requires an economy of words unacceptable to newspaper or magazine editors).
In the following tutorial, I not only present the differences in writing for diverse media outlets but also writing about different plant categories and even about garden personalities, theme gardens and developing a distinctive style or ‘voice.’ Many of these include samples of articles I have written, including some that have won awards.
Includes Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Radio, Television, the Internet. Also Mail Order Catalog Copywriting, Advertising Copy, and Lecturing.
* Plus 30 Examples of Award-Winning Garden Articles.
* Also Includes Tax Advantages of Garden Writing & Contracts.
By DEREK FELL
*Former Director of the National Garden Bureau
*Winner of More Awards from the Garden Writers Assn. than any Other Person
*Gardening Consultant to the White House
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, located on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the world's last surviving nineteenth-century romantic gardens. It is where the largest and most ancient azalea and camellia collections were developed and where azaleas were first planted out of doors in a landscape setting.
The plantation also provides a unique experience for visitors. Its swamp garden boardwalk allows visitors to enjoy birding all year round; the nature train takes visitors on a long ride throughout the plantation; a street of slave cabins has been meticulously restored to provide an excellent history tour of African-American life; and the house tour shows the nature of post-Civil War life.
Derek Fell is widely known as one of the world's finest garden photographers. He made his first visit to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens thirty years ago and has published articles in Connoisseur, Americana, Woman's Day, Pace, Southern Accents, and other magazines. He has also authored books about the gardens of artists Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh, for which he has been honored with Best Book and Best Photography awards from the Garden Writers Association. Examples of his work can be found on his Web site: www.derekfell.net.