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The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden Paperback – September 30, 2009
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Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, and Squirrel Proofing Your Home & Garden. She has written articles for a variety of magazines, including Flower & Garden, Woman’s Day, and Fine Gardening. She writes extensively on organic gardening techniques and lives in Washington State.
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You know, the kind where you grow things from seed, learn to divide plants, garden with plants that will thrive in your location, and so on.
There are tips for maximizing what God has naturally given your garden, understanding your gardening zone, learning how much sun various parts of your garden receive, selecting pollution-resistant plants, understanding your soil and making it work for you, and all those other details that make gardens so much more successful. (And more successful means you'll waste less money on plants that won't work in your garden and amendments and fertilizers that aren't needed.)
Other topics include knowing how much water your plants need, using rain barrels, and minimizing water loss. Hart also helps gardeners decide what tools they really do - and don't - need, collecting and storing seeds, how to start plants from cuttings from friend's gardens, and how to know whether that plant that's on sale is really worth paying for. She explains how to start seeds successfully, how much and what kind of fertilizer your garden needs, how to compost, and how to cheaply and effectively fight pests. You'll also find tips for building inexpensive benches and birdbaths, cloches, trellises, cold frames, root cellars, and more. There are even canning and freezing tips.
Intermediate to advanced gardeners probably won't learn much from this book, but it's a superb addition to any beginner's book shelf. The information is organized in brief sections, making it easy to digest and refer to as needed, and solid gardening advice is offered throughout.
I also like that this book has lots of handy charts. Chart on things like full sun or partial sun flowers, shrubs, and trees; drought and col-hardiness plants; foods suitable for dehydrating; etc... These charts aren't in any of the other gardening books I have.
Since it is small, it's easy to store and find room for on your bookshelf. From the preview, it would seem like it's a bigger book than it is. But, it packs a lot of great info in its compact size. They don't sacrifice font size either. With small books, I often struggle with the font size, but I haven't with this one.
I'd recommend this book if you're going on a trip and want something easy to read or you're looking for a gift for someone who gardens or you're just starting out gardening!
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing.
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Enjoyed the read. Tons of information about a variety of topics. Lots of ideas for doing things on the cheap.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I own about 30, yes 30 gardening books. I have found this one BY FAR, the most complete/condensed/user friendly/ and informative! If I could give it 10 stars I could. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author gives a great overview of gardening. She covers the basics of site selection, enhancing the soil and great low cost alternatives. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Virginia Joe
This book was so useful I later sent it to a friend in Kentucky. Just having living plants around becomes a joy when learning how easy and inexpensive it is. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Claudia Strasbaugh
This is a good book, not great but good quick reference book. Would recommend for small gardeners or new be'sPublished on December 23, 2013 by jackie
Interesting ideas that I implanted for my garden. Totally amazed by the simple instructions that produced perfect results. i liked the book. pjbPublished on July 18, 2013 by MaggieMae Brons
I'm new to gardening and on a fixed income. This book gave me some great ideas on gardening without breaking my budget. I learned a lot and recommend this book. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Melinie
This book has a lot of good tips on how to do it yourself and do it economically. I loved it!Published on June 8, 2013 by C. M. Frederick