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ISBN-13: 978-0881509830
ISBN-10: 0881509833
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About the Author

Mary Moss-Sprague is a certified Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver and has written about gardening and beekeeping for numerous publications, including the Finger Lake Times, Ruralite, and BackHome magazines. She has worked with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Wayne County (NY) to give public presentations and garden tours demonstrating her user-friendly vertical gardening techniques. Moss-Sprague’s own home garden was featured recently in the Great Gardens of Wayne County Tour.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881509833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881509830
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a former West-Coast resident who transplanted myself into central upstate New York a few years ago. Having been raised on a small farm in the Puget Sound area, I grew up watching my mother, an astute, self-taught master gardener, create beautiful beds of perennials and grow vegetables.

During the course of working at the University of Washington for 11 years, my writing skills were subsequently realized and honed. During that time, I also fell into serving as Science Editor for KRAB-FM for five years. Later, I began freelance writing for publication in magazines and newspapers. Eventually, I moved to Oregon, where I also developed my lifetime interest and experience in gardening. At that time, I discovered in myself a keen interest and expertise in beekeeping, and began what turned out to be nearly 20 years of keeping the little buzzies. Usually, I had about 15 colonies in my apiary. From the start of this pursuit, I was active in a local beekeeping club, and also wound up editing the state's beekeeping association's newsletter for several years.

I also obtained a nursery license, specializing in bedding plants, and went on to complete the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service's master gardener course. Along the way, I also completed the OSUCE's master food preserver course. Upon relocating to NY state, I became certified in the Cornell Coop. Ext. Svc. master gardener program. Since then, I've found a ready audience as well as local and national interest in my off-the-ground gardening methods. Thinking that detailing them in a book might be well-received, I wrote "Stand Up and Garden," and am very pleased with how well it's selling.

My next book will be about my husband, Al, as he experienced a rare health issue in men: breast cancer. I'm in the process of pitching it to a publisher at this writing. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the privilege of being an invited regular blogger for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. For that venue, I write about food preservation projects, special recipes, honeybees, and other topics.

Now for a change--in 2013, my husband and I pulled up our stakes (yes, garden stakes, too!) and moved to Oregon. I'm very happy to be back in the beautiful Willamette Valley! As soon as the weather started warming up, we built two of my straw-bale garden boxes, making them 2' wide rather than 4' as our lot here is smaller. People passing by our home stop to look and many of them leave with an "Aha!" gleam in their eyes. I've been kept busy showing people my off-ground gardening methods while working hard to get this new place landscaped and productive.

Overall, writing is the main focus of my life; I simply can't imagine not writing about something! So much to write about, so little time . . .

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2012
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I bought this and another book on straw bale gardening, and between the two we had an amazing garden with great yields. This is by far the more informative of the two books we purchased. I wish I could attach pictures. They offer step by step instructions for several methods.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Clare S. Whitten on August 31, 2012
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I got this book from the library and now I am buying it! I only gave it 4 stars because 1) I am a conservative reviewer, 2) Although I find it informative, I have not done any of the things in the book yet.

My impressions: Very useful because it talks to me, not down to me. It also doesn't assume I know a million things about gardening (which I don't). We moved to a farmette of types and the garden area is fairly spent, full of weeds (THISTLE!!!) and clay like. This book will help me have a more productive garden without the craziness that I have now (poor spacing and annoying weeds). She tells in great detail the type of soils to use to start plants and to plant outdoors. SHe tells in great detail how to build a trellis for plants (without screws or even a saw (ok, maybe a little saw action at the bottom so it comes to a point to stick in the ground). She tells how to build the super raised bed (not a 6 inch raised bed, but a 3 foot raised bed!) She does tell us to be creative (which often stresses me out in other books because I am sooo not creative) but shows pictures of how other people she has seen do it and how we can adapt to whatever plan we want with confidence.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Bosch on April 6, 2013
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I love this book! I got it to help make my garden a little easier to work on because my grandpa lives with me, and has a hard time bending over to pull weeds. This book is quick, easy, and fun to read. Although it's informational, the author writes in a way that makes reading seem like a casual and informative conversation with a helpful, garden-wise neighbor. There is no stone unturned regarding instructions, supplies, and helpful hints (perfectly timed) for creating your own raised garden. The author takes in to consideration budget as well, and gives viable options for those with limited resources.

I can't wait to get started!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Kelly on May 12, 2013
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This paperback is going to be beneficial for me the next few gardening seasons. There are drawings which are very clear and good insight on changing my gardening ways to make gardening easier for my aging body.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gaye Hill on October 2, 2013
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This book has been an eye opener and I am anxious to try more of the methods presented. This year, the drip system in buckets was what I tried and it did well, better than I would have projected. The complete "stand up" bin method is next.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheMatrix on June 26, 2013
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I think i'll use square-foot gardening's Mel's mix and elevate as described.
For what it's worth, the writing style is quite chatty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mickey A. Stolt on March 19, 2014
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this book has lots of different information than I thought would be in it. We are thinking of putting in raised beds and all information is welcome. It has more information than the books I have ordered before and am very pleased with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Elmer on April 7, 2015
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A friend and I with the help of our husbands are converting our gardens. I have torn a tendon in shoulder and can't hoe and she has rheumatoid arthritis. Great ideas.
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