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Product Details

  • Series: Back-To-Basics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601383452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601383457
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her - and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com. Or connect with her online with Twitter at www.twitter.com/dalemayer and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author. If you like Dale Mayer's books and are interested in joining her street team, sign up here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/402384989872660/

Books by Dale Mayer

Psychic Vision Series
Tuesday's Child
Hide'n Go Seek
Maddy's Floor
Garden of Sorrow
Knock, Knock...
Rare Find
Eyes to the Soul - fall/winter 2014

By Death Series
Touched by Death - Part 1 - Free
Touched by Death - Part 2
Touched by Death - Full book
Haunted by Death
Chilled by Death - fall/winter 2014

Second Chances...at Love Series
Second Chances - Part 1
Second Chances - Part 2
Second Chances - Full book

Novellas
It's a Dog's Life- romantic comedy

Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy
Broken Protocols #1
Broken Protocols #2
Broken Protocols #3

New adult/adul crossover Books
In Cassie's Corner
Gem Stone (a Gemma Stone mystery)

Design Series
Dangerous Designs
Deadly Designs
Darkest Designs

Family Blood Ties Series
Vampire in Denial
Vampire in Distress
Vampire in Design
Vampire in Deceit
Vampire in Defiance

Non-Fiction Books
Career Essentials: The Resume
Career Essentials: The Cover Letter
Career Essentials: The Interview
Career Essentials: 3 in 1

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Liston on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do you have a green thumb? Or is it more of a black thumb of death? If you just can't get your garden to grow, author Dale Mayer says it may not be you at all. In her book, "The Complete Guide to Companion Planting", she explains how the specific pairing of certain plants can have either a positive synergistic effect or a disastrous one, depending on what plants you try and grow together in the same space. And the results of two compatible plants can be truly amazing!

Mayer begins her book with a conceptual explanation of companion planting, along with some history and biological benefits to this type of gardening. She tackles such subjects as good and bad critters, garden maintenance, and fertilizing. She also explains how easy it is to start a garden, whether you have a large space in which to grow or only a fence line or patio. The remainder of the book focuses on a myriad of herbs, vegetables, annuals, perennials, wildflowers and weeds, bulbs, tubers, rhizomes, shrubs, bushes, vines, and fruits. With each of these items, she lists what plants would make good companion matches as well as those plants that won't. These pairings can be based on one plant's ability to enrich the soil for the other or on one plant root's shallow depth with another's deep reach to conserve valuable space. Either way, the results can range from a higher yield to tastier produce, even less space needed, and much more.

Mayer makes it incredibly easy for her readers to simply go to the short paragraph which contains their plant of interest and quickly find what they are looking for without having to labor over long, drawn out passages.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Dube on December 5, 2012
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I used this book this past summer to plan my garden. I had the most productive garden ever. I use raised bed gardens and have only 2 small plots, one 4x4 and one 4x6. We had so many cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers this year that I was giving away huge bags to friends and coworkers after putting up more than we will eat in a year.
Knowing what plants will compliment each other when growing made the difference.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Grabowski on May 31, 2011
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This book is a must have if you want to do companion gardening. To put the knowledge in the book to work in your garden lends to the best usage of restricted gardening spaces. Your garden will look great, a little wild sometimes, but when all is said and done a riot of colors, textures and visual pleasures.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Little Bobbie on August 29, 2012
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I do a lot of gardening. I love companion planting when it works. The book is informative but I was looking for more then it offered. If you already know about this kind of gardening then this book is review, but if you are a beginner to companion planting then this book will be a primer for you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 26, 2012
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Are you interested in becoming a gardener? The Complete Guide to Companion Planting gives you a basic understanding of what vegetables and flowers to use.

You'll be informed by the history of companion planting, and where to place your garden. You'll learn the biological benefits of combing plants, how to pick out your plants, where to plant, and ways to feed your garden. There are chapters on companion herbs, annuals for your garden, companion perennials, wildflowers and weeds, bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes, shrubs, bushes, and vines, and companion fruits.

With organic vegetables becoming popular, and the prices of vegetables going up in the grocery stores, it is no wonder why gardening is becoming a popular hobby. My favorite chapter 3 is my favorite. It lists the insects and bugs that you do and do not want in your garden. Author Dale Mayer has written a wonderful guide to new and advanced gardeners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane Phillips on September 4, 2013
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I was actually hoping for a book that showed lists of veggies and their companions on one or two pages, like a chart. This categorizes alphabetically, with a sentence or two about each veggie's 'likes and dislikes'. I'm not overly happy with it, but I'll keep it and keep looking for one that has the format I prefer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RhiannonKH on June 26, 2012
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I grew up with no notion of companion planting. I love how the book discusses all types of plants and how they do or don't work with others. As well as attracting beneficial insects and repelling others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HeatherMS on May 19, 2012
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"The Complete Guide to Companion Planting" by Dale Mayer is a book that shows the reader how to get the best out of their garden. As the author states in the introduction, "companion planting is best described as the practice of planting two or more plants together to enhance the growth and quality of nearby plants; to provide maximum ground cover; and, when possible, to improve the soil." If this was the information you were looking for, then this is the book for you!

Ms. Mayer gives examples in the first chapter about companion planting pairs and defines what such terms as perennials and flowering shrubs mean. She also discusses full-sun gardens, shade gardens, container gardens, window-box gardens, small corner (mini) gardens, raised bed gardens, and border gardens and gives the pros and cons of each in easy-to-read tables. She covers the good and bad bugs that usually come with gardens as well as birds, bats, frogs and toads.

Then onto the actual plants themselves. Starting with Chapter 6, Ms. Mayer goes into detail about companion herbs (with pictures!), vegetables, annuals, perennials, fruits and more. She definitely shows that she knows what she is talking about with her descriptions and her suggestions about what to plant with what (i.e. Dutchman's Pipe Vine is a good companion for plants requiring dense shade and the flowers will attract birds and butterflies, in particular the swallowtail butterfly).

This is definitely a good book to have on hand when planning and executing any type of garden!
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