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Garden Guide - A No Nonsense, No PhD, No Fuss Guide to Great Gardens with Hand-Holding How To's for Beginners and Straightforward Instruction for Advanced Gardeners [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Olver
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We’ve all admired our neighbor’s gorgeous gardens filled with flowering perennials and longed to recreate their beauty in our own back yard. But if we’re being honest, when it comes to gardening, most of us have no idea where to begin. Additionally, in these economic times, who can afford to hire an expert to come in and do the job for us? That said, regular folks all across North America and Europe are returning to the soil, shovels in hand. With the help of this book, there is absolutely no need to fly blind into the world of green thumbs, perennials, and herbs.The name—Garden Guide: A No Nonsense, No PhD Guide to Great Gardens with Hand-Holding How To’s for Beginners and Straightforward Instruction for Advanced Gardeners—truly says it all. Indeed, this book is the hand-holding garden guide that will walk even the most timid novice right through the gardening process from beginning to end.

In addition to straight forward, practical advice in everyday language, you will love the stories and anecdotes Olver shares from her fifteen years of backyard, organic gardening adventures. Easy and entertaining, you‘ll probably read this book in one sitting, but you’ll reference it for years to come. The beauty of Garden Guide is that Olver divides her advice into two sections: Beginning Gardeners and Advanced Gardeners. No matter what your skill level, there are simple explanations, tips, and tricks that will walk you through every aspect of the garden process. Garden Guide features details such as:

• Everything you need to know about location, from sunlight to drainage to selecting just the right spot
• How to understand soil types, how to amend and condition them
• pH levels and soil testing broken down in simple terms
• Step by Step guide for planning your PERFECT garden no matter where the location
• Fertilizing made manageable with explanations for all those numbers and organic alternatives
• Composting broken down so you can start immediately
• Pests obliterated with loads of organic suggestions
• The basics of garden maintenance from deadheading to dividing perennials
• Loads of helpful website suggestions for purchasing plants online, getting ideas, locating county extension offices, perennial databases and so much more.
• Gardening terms are defined in language you will both understand and remember

If you have time to read only one book on gardening, this is the book to choose. Short enough not to feel like an encyclopedia and just long enough to wet your gardening appetite, Olver has woven basic garden science and practical ideas for everyday people into each page. With her warm, inviting, no-nonsense instruction, you will be amazed how simple and doable gardening really is. Not only will it thoroughly educate you in basic gardening, Garden Guide will send you well on your way toward beautiful perennials gardens and leave you inspired and hungry to begin planting in your own patch of earth.


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About the Author

A wife, mother of two active boys and native of North Georgia, Sarah Olver was raised running barefoot on rich red clay. However, it wasn't until Olver moved to Ontario, where she and her husband purchased their first home, that she discovered her love for gardening. Together with her husband, Olver has transformed the front and backyards of many homes adding curb appeal and dramatically increasing their value.  Over the last fifteen years, what began as a simple, backyard landscape project has grown into a full-fledged passion for not only growing gorgeous perennials, but also growing and harvesting organic produce.  In addition to transforming many of her own home gardens and feeding entire neighborhoods with her organic veggies and herbs, Olver is often sought after for garden growing advice from friends and family. 
 
Throughout the spring, Olver can always be found, coffee in hand, walking her gardens in the early morning.  While there are countless garden experts making valuable contributions to the horticultural scene, Olver brings a refreshingly practical, girl-next-door vibe with just the right amount of useful information to give the average Joe confidence to get their hands dirty. With fifteen years of garden experience in both Canada and Georgia, Olver weaves together extensive reading and sage wisdom from both Master Gardeners and green-thumb enthusiasts across eastern North America into an easy to read, easy to understand and unintimidating package.  

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1489517456
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQSPNLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By K.B.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a homeowner here in Austin for about 3 years now, and we have a huge backyard. My wife is always trying to create a decent garden, but everything always seems to die and we just end up with weeds. I got this book so both of us could figure out what we were doing wrong. We are both beginners and never owned a home before, so until we read this book, we had to get all our information from random clerks at Home Depot. This book was very helpful. Just in the first few chapters alone, which deals with the best locations to plant, we found a lot of valuable tips and information.

Overall, a great purchase for the low price of 99 cents. I would definitely recommend it to gardeners and non-gardeners alike!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful help for all levels. July 11, 2013
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I have not finished this book, but the information I have already soaked in has helped explain why I have run into problems with my garden areas. I wish I had read this before I had started. It would have saved me some frustrations and expense! It is very informative and simple enough for beginners to understand with sections added for the more experienced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book you will really use! March 2, 2014
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So many books are full of information that is interesting but hard to implement. This is the one book you will really use. Its clear language and no-nonsense methods are great for anyone new to gardening or for those of us who have tried gardening for a long time and keep wondering what we've been doing wrong. I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATION,INFORMATION,INFORMATION!!!! February 22, 2014
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There's useful information for dirt diggers of any degree of experience. Get ready to bookmark useful sites that will make any gardeners job a heck of allot less work intensive and more productive. Thanks for sharing Ms. Oliver.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good advice here February 21, 2014
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Lots of tips for more and better organic gardening. The price was also nice! Cant wait to try the home made non toxic pest control ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! June 10, 2013
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Wonderful gardening guide full of very useful information. Loved it!! We have planted a lot of flowers this year and switched to using a different type of mulch, and we are thrilled with how everything has turned out. The guide is well-designed, making it easy to look up the info I'm looking for. Well worth the download!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and helpful May 29, 2013
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I was very pleased with the no-nonsense information and the easily understood format. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or a seasoned gardener, there's something for everyone. This book gives you a choice of basic or advanced information and the plain-speaking way that the author presents it is quite refreshing.Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it April 29, 2014
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This is EVERY BIT of advice that I give to new Gardners....loved it because we have the same story...from the coffee in one hand while dead heading, to collecting good bugs in unusual places. I laughed at the jokes and the quotes made me smile...all of which validated my crazy obsession with puttering amoung my plants.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read
First off, funny title. But it is what it is. It really has easy to follow tips an uncomplicated methods. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie A Liuag
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money
This is a usually little book with no pictures or design ideas. What a waste of money. A 1st grader could have written this!
Published 1 month ago by H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
Great gardening book. I am already anxious to plant for spring and this book gave me some good ideas.
Published 1 month ago by Tori Schramm
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
never recived this book
Published 1 month ago by inge lazzarine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for beginners- easy read,
Published 2 months ago by Foresa D. Coe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not enought information - basic only
Published 2 months ago by v.delsney
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting To Clear
I want to find out about California native plants for my side yard. Now that we are in a drought that is crucial, even critical. This easy to read book helps my quest.
Published 2 months ago by Roy Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital download into green produce.
A very helpful resource for everyday gardeners. You can change your digital finger into a GREEN thumb!
Published 3 months ago by Greg Shell
5.0 out of 5 stars Garden Guide
Since I can't remember all these wonderful tips, I'll be
keeping this on my Kindle to refer to it often. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Good.
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A wife, mother of two active boys and native of North Georgia, Sarah Olver was raised running barefoot on rich red clay. However, it wasn't until Olver moved to Ontario, where she and her husband purchased their first home, that she discovered her love for gardening. Together with her husband, Olver has transformed the front and backyards of many homes adding curb appeal and dramatically increasing their value. Over the last fifteen years, what began as a simple, backyard landscape project has grown into a full-fledged passion for not only growing gorgeous perennials, but also growing and harvesting organic produce. In addition to transforming many of her own home gardens and feeding entire neighborhoods with her organic veggies and herbs, Olver is often sought after for garden growing advice from friends and family.

Throughout the spring, Olver can always be found, coffee in hand, walking her gardens in the early morning. While there are countless garden experts making valuable contributions to the horticultural scene, Olver brings a refreshingly practical, girl-next-door vibe with just the right amount of useful information to give the average Joe confidence to get their hands dirty. With fifteen years of garden experience in both Canada and Georgia, Olver weaves together extensive reading and sage wisdom from both Master Gardeners and green-thumb enthusiasts across eastern North America into an easy to read, easy to understand and unintimidating package.

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