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Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden Paperback – April 18, 2013

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"A well thought out book that covers a lot of territory. The chapter of the book that details different vegetables is the most helpful I have seen." - Knit and Nosh

"What I like about Gardening for Geeks is that it deciphers all the math, biology and ecology of gardening using Wilhelmi's easy, breezy writing style. That's the kind of science that could make a big difference in my garden. How about yours?" - Vegetable Gardener blog

"Gardening for Geeks [has] all the tips and 'tricks' to help me out. What's different about this book then other gardening books, is that she also provides you with steps on what to do with your vegetables and fruits now that you've picked them." - Front Porch Reviews

"Organic garden designer Christy Wilhelmi keeps the mood light as she digs into the science of growing a successful garden.... The book is surprisingly easy to digest even as she launches into tips on how to run germination tests and worm farms and how to gear up for active batch thermal composting." - The Daily News

"Gardening for Geeks is written in easy to understand language that will be useful for both the beginner and advanced gardener. There are loads of photographs, drawings and charts to help you see exactly what the author is covering in each chapter. If you pick up one gardening book this season, this needs to be it." - Confessions of an Overworked Mom

"Gardening for Geeks is full of invaluable instructions, tips and tricks to get your garden up and running! From how to prepare your garden beds to what to plant to how to keep the pests away to what to do with the food you harvest. This book has it all." - Stephanie O'Dea blog

"I am both a science geek and an avid gardener. Until now, I had not really though about putting those two things together in the way that Gardening for Geeks does. If you are interested in gardening, whether you are new to the idea or have been gardening for years I think you will find this to be an incredibly useful resource!" - Turning the Clock Back blog

"The book teaches just about everything you need to know to grow your own organic food" - Los Angeles Times

"Gardening for Geeks by Christy Wilhelmi gives readers options. Homeowners learn about growing methods, including bio-intensive gardening...as well as other biological and ecological ideas. Or, homeowners can simply read about ways to make gardening easier, including how to tell if seeds bought two years ago are still good." - The Plain Dealer

"It is a book I will turn to time and time again. In the future, it will be a book that I will use to draw interest from my grandchildren to the wonders of gardening. For now, it is fascinating me to learn all the wondrous aspects of gardening that produces beauty and bounty: the soil, garden beds, garden seasons, irrigation, trellises, pest control, composting, and more." - A Delightsome Life

"A great way to get ideas, tips and prep for the growing season. I think this is a really nice book for the garden enthusiast to add to their reference material. It is an enjoyable read with tons of useful and helpful info!" - A Hen's Nest

"Want that same straight-forward vegetable talk in an easy to handle book, all in one place? That's as simple as it gets even for us garden geeks. I especially recommend it for those with lots of basic vegetable garden questions. Your search is over; this is a good place to start." - Annie's Gardening Corner

"Gardening for Geeks helps you to see your garden more as an ecosystem and work to keep it in balance. It is basic enough to be understandable to newbie gardeners (in fact, I would highly recommend it to new gardeners) but seasoned gardeners will also find new (or old) techniques to try. This is a book that any gardener can grasp and utilize. Check it out." - An Al

About the Author

Christy Wilhelmi empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd (gardenerd.com), the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes information-packed monthly newsletters, weekly blog posts, and podcasts. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design and consulting. She holds regular organic gardening classes in California, and has co-taught organic gardening at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Christy has been a board member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California since 1999, and gardens almost entirely with heirloom vegetables. Between 70-80 percent of her family's produce comes from her garden of less than 200 square feet. Her writing has appeared in Edible Los Angeles magazine, Edible Westside magazine, The Good Food Blog, and LowImpactLiving.com and the Mar Vista Farmers' Market Wrap-Up for Patch.com. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, three chickens and two gardens.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1St Edition edition (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440557799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440557798
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christy Wilhelmi empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd, the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes newsletters, her popular blog, and podcasts. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design and consulting. She holds regular organic gardening classes in California, and has co-taught organic gardening at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Christy has been a board member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California since 1999, and gardens almost entirely with heirloom vegetables. Between 70-80 percent of her family's produce comes from her garden of less than 200 square feet. Her writing has appeared in many publications, such as Edible Los Angeles and Edible Westside Magazines, The Good Food Blog, Low Impact Living.com and the Mar Vista Farmers' Market wrap up for Patch.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jennifer on April 10, 2013
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After many gardening websites, blogs, and books with having to look for yet another source for sustainable, functional, urban gardening, I think this is the book I would recommend to the many family and friends who ask, "how do I get started?"

With one easy read (and when I say easy I mean taking more complicated subjects and writing them in a way that anyone and everyone can understand and utilize) you can have all the info you need to create a thoughtful, edible, and inexpensive garden that leaves you wondering, "why didn't I do this sooner?!". Get this book now so you are ready to have bountiful, delicious crops this summer.....and for the price of the book you will save yourself hundreds in product purchases!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wittman on March 13, 2013
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A really great book for those new to gardening as well as those that consider themselves experienced gardeners. Wonderful info to help you be successful at growing your own food...
Thanks Christy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Sexton on March 23, 2013
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CAN'T PUT IT DOWN!!
your book arrived this morning.
it's everything i need to know and so perfectly organized and approachable for me.

congratulations!!!

thanks for putting this out there!! well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scarletwave on April 24, 2013
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This book makes even the most complicated gardening issues clear and understandable. Don't think this book is for Geeks only! Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reinhold Reinhold on July 24, 2013
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I have been gardening for the past ten years and I have read many books on the subject. I found this book full of great information explained in a very simple way to understand. Especially great for beginners but still new ideas for those who already garden.

I like the fact it explains all the extra things you can be doing to enrich your soil in an organic manner. No man made chemicals for me.

I will be referring to this book for years to come!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Spare on January 21, 2015
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I asked for this book for Christmas and was really excited to receive it this year. I have a science background and am a self-proclaimed geek, so I figured this was right up my alley. There are a lot of interesting tidbits and helpful explanations on a wide variety of gardening topics in this book and I think it's quite comprehensive. However, nowhere on the cover does it mention the fact that it is a book on ORGANIC gardening. The author makes several glaring technical errors when discussing conventional vs. organic gardening methods (including a section entitled "Fertilizers: Chemical, Organic, or None?"--for the record, everything is a chemical, so those are not distinct categories, I assume the author meant "synthetic" and not "chemical"). If this doesn't bother you, I think you'll find a lot of great information, otherwise, look elsewhere for a gardening book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cj4111 on August 20, 2013
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For a newbie gardener, this book helps to guide you step by step through the process. If you have a lot of questions about how to get started and maintain your garden, this book is one stop shopping. As a bonus, it answered a lot of questions I didn't even know I had, so I'm really glad to have found this book when I did. For the amount of content, it's a no brainer for price value. After all, if you're going to invest in building a garden, what's a few dollars on a book that's probably going to save you a lot of money from making mistakes down the road...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MM on July 1, 2013
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I love this book by Christy. It is my go to garden book. I bought it to help me establish my own urban garden. I have purchased many garden books over the years and still end up with questions. Not this one. It answers everything. I had the pleasure of meeting Christy a while back and am so glad I did. Her garden knowledge is amazing. She's such an inspiration.
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