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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811868753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alys Fowler trained at the New York Botanical Garden. Currently, Alys is the head gardener at Berryfields, the location for BBC's Gardener's World and resides in the United Kingdom.

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There isn't much actual content.
Diane
It's not often I come across a gardening book I like or can recommend to a newbie gardener.
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It's easy to read and full of cool ideas.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Adriana Martinez on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's not often I come across a gardening book I like or can recommend to a newbie gardener. I mean a really good book. Helpful and chock full of pictures. Sure I can think of the usual suspect type gardening books but they're mostly academic. Even I doze off reading those.

Garden Anywhere takes you from garden design to seed saving and is loaded with advice on scoring materials cheaply. I'm a do-it-yourselfer but I've never felt the urge to snoop in other's trash until I read Alys Fowler's book. The formally trained Ms. Fowler is rather fond of dumpster diving. She encourages rummaging for goods first instead of purchasing them. It may take a while to compile but you'll be saving your pocketbook some bucks while keeping items out of landfills.

I've dug soil since adolescence so I know a thing or two about gardening. Uhem, I grow 7 foot tall heirloom tomato plants (from seed) that produce well into December. The most seasoned of gardeners will surely learn from Garden Anywhere.

Alys Fowler loves compost. She dedicates almost an entire chapter to it and talks about the benefits of making your own compost throughout the book. If I had read this earlier I would have followed her instructions on building my own compost bin instead of purchasing an expensive Tumbleweed. If red wigglers are your thing, instructions on how to build a worm box are also included. Weeds are forbidden in my compost bin. That is until now. Fowler unequivocally states your compost can't live without them. Concocting what she calls "perennial weed soup."

I do have a different opinion on a couple of statements. Of course I would. Seed sowing is the way to my heart. Fowler's method for choosing which vegetables to grow is to "choose vegetables with your stomach and purse in mind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane on November 3, 2010
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Not impressed. I'm moving into the city and would like to learn more about gardening in small spaces. This book taught me that, yes, I can plant small things into small containers and that if I want a real garden I will have to find a bit more space. If you already know this, don't buy based on the title. Its good points are its charm, full-color pages and photographs. The latter are also a bad point. There isn't much actual content. I didn't learn anything new, and as a beginner gardener I find this to be rather sad. It's a nice book to look at, and even a nice read(I enjoy her writing,) but not good for learning. Her most helpful hints are dumpster diving/re-purposing, and how to pick out plants at the store. She also talks more than I would like about natural garden design. Which I won't have room for.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kattyface on February 16, 2011
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As a never-before-in-my-life beginner gardener, I found this book to be beautiful but somewhat disappointing.

The photography is lovely, although not always helpful. Her personality is wonderful and her writing style is a breeze to read - I plowed through the book in a day. She touched base on some very helpful "101" topics, like determining soil type, making compost, raising worms and organic pest control. However, I could have really used some diagrams about the anatomy of a plant/seed/cutting, photographs of plant problems (yellow leaves, mold, pests, etc) and better step-by-step photographs. I didn't finish this book with any more confidence in my first attempt at gardening than before it was started.

Also, although she advocates organic growing (and I do too!) and thrifty gardening, I was surprised that she recommended using random scraps of wood from who knows where for container gardening. Dumpster diving from construction areas could lead to using materials with toxins that could be leached into the soil and thus your vegetables. Scraping the old paint off of something doesn't necessarily make it safe.

Lastly, on page 18, the last sentence is never finished - it cuts off at "a plant that needs sun will..." and the next page is a completely different topic. Where did the rest of this paragraph go??
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason L. Harris on December 25, 2009
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I bought this book for my girlfriend as a birthday present. She absolutely loves it. It has great pictures and every page looks really nice. The only problem is that it is the exact same book as The Thrifty Gardener, which my girlfriend also got for her birthday. We had to return one of them. Would have been handy to have this information before ordering so hopefully you read this review before purchasing both books. I guess the different name and covers is because they're from different publishers, but everything else is exactly the same. Same author, same size, same pages, same information on each page.

Great book though. Sorry I can't give any deeper review other than how it looks. It hasn't been read yet, but the book is loved for how pretty it is, so even if the content turns out to be useless (which is unlikely) it'll still be a good book to keep. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DKL on April 29, 2011
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I like this book alot...I refer back to it constantly.
Its a great book for someone who's hesitant to give
gardening a try because she basically says....if it can
hold dirt, you can grow something in it. I like that.
I've given a lot of things a try because of this book.
I've also given it as gifts to my friends.
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