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The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff Hardcover – February 15, 2014
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"Nash, 51, combined her maternal instincts, her writing skills and her gardening knowledge in a book, "The 20/30-Something Garden Guide" (St. Lynn's Press, $17.95). The book aims to demystify gardening for novices of any generation." Tracy Hobson-Lehmann, "Teaching Our Kids to Garden," San Antonio Express-News.
"Nash realizes that twentysomethings aren't into heavy commitment. That's why her book talks a lot about growing in containers, and a chapter is dedicated to keeping things small. For those in their thirties getting married and possibly having children, discussing food and environmental issues is key," Julie Bawden-Davis, "How Millennials Can Get Into Gardening," Parade.
If you know someone planting their first garden, buy them a copy of this book. It matter not if they have a balcony or a larger backyard growing space, it's all here: the how-tos, the whys, and the whens. Dee lays it out in an easy going style. Along with the book, wrap up a pair of your favorite garden gloves and a pack of lettuce seeds, and you will have launched someone on a lifetime of gardening. -Mary Ann Newcomer, the Dirt Diva and author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain State
Think of Dee Nash as your favorite horticultural big sister. Pretty soon, your thumb will be green and your salad bowl will be filled with tasty greens you've grown yourself! -Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet
If you're looking for a book that combines practical food growing experience with innovation, humor, and country sense, look no further. Dee Nash is an enthusiastic garden coach who provides the basic know-how and the encouragement for young (and not-so-young) wannabe gardeners to start growing their own food - Niki Jabbour, author of The Year Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens
Where was this book when I was a struggling young gardener? Dee Nash writes with an ease, depth of knowledge and familiarity as only a true, hands-in-the-soil gardener can. I am grateful that Dee is sharing her passion with new generations of gardeners. Carpe terra! - Sharon Lovejoy, author of Trowel & Error
You can't do better than Dee Nash for your personal gardening coach; she's learned from the ground up and knows how to make it fun and rewarding, whether you want to start small or jump right into growing a bountiful harvest of food and flowers. -Nancy Ondra, author of Grasses and The Perennial Care Manual
Dee Nash’s new book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide (St. Lynn’s Press $17.95) takes me back to those blissful and excited days when I knew nothing, but plunged ahead anyway. Nash understands that a young adult’s first forays into gardening are often constrained by full time jobs and caring for young children. She successfully introduces novice gardeners into the basics of gardening with encouragement and some of the latest garden knowledge and techniques.
The 20-30 Something Garden Guide is divided into three main sections that first take the gardener into a container garden, and all the basic information about potting soil, garden soil, fertilizers, watering, and bugs. Let it be known that Nash’s own garden is organic. In addition to providing herself with healthy food and beautiful flowers, she is determined to do her part in supporting the natural world with its pollinators and other bugs, good and bad. She also takes the gardener into the second and third years of gardening, as knowledge and experience grow.
Nash is an engaging writer, with a conversational style. She is an excellent coach, like the one she urges every new gardener, of any age, to find. We all look for information and advice in different places. I began with a subscription to Organic Gardening magazine. It was my bible. Nash’s book will serve well as a bible for today’s new gardener. . . If you want more advice from Dee Nash you can visit her at her informative and inspiring blog www.reddirtramblings.com and http://20-30somethinggardenguide.com where you’ll also be able to link to the Dear Friend and Gardener virtual garden club where a whole variety of gardener/bloggers (including me) will be writing about their vegetable garden adventures this year. (Pat Leuchtman CommonWeeder blog)
The uplifting, encouraging tone is exactly what makes this gardening book so special. As Dee writes in the book, “One of the great disadvantages to being a gardener is perfectionism… I want to help you think more about gardening as a process and not a series of to-do lists. Let’s turn the idea of chores into a meditation that benefits your entire life…”
Beginning gardeners will especially find this book helpful, but experienced gardeners will still appreciate Dee’s horticultural knowledge and attention to best practices. (Teresa O'Connor Seasonal Wisdom)
An aha! moment on every page. With encouragement, inspiration and practical advice - and three distinct garden plans for gardens of every size - Dee's step-by-step instruction provide a long-term road map for success. -Rebecca Sweet, author of Garden Up! and Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form
Top Customer Reviews
This book is going to be my "go to" housewarming gift anytime someone I know buys their first house or moves to their first apartment with a balcony where they can grow a few containers of plants.
I am a rare breed. I'm quite aware of that, in more ways than one. However, I especially rare because of how much gardening I do. Some of the things that I hear quite often is,
"I would love to garden but I just don't know how to start it. Can you come set my garden up for me?"
"It's just so overwhelming, I don't know where to begin."
"It looks like too much work for me."
If you have ever said these things to me, or to yourself then Oklahoman Dee Nash's latest book is definitely for you, or someone in your life.
Dee focuses on the 20-30 somethings, because this is an age where gardening is starting to die, however it could be for anyone who just wants to garden. What I love most about this book is the step by step instructions, as well as the incremental pace. It starts with container gardening and then slowly moves up in scale. This is important. People in my life will see me in the spring and summer exhausted and covered in dirt and who knows what else and think, "That is NOT what I want to do." Well, that is mainly because my vegetable garden is almost an acre. This is not a common garden. However anyone can start no matter how small.
This book is wonderful for gardeners of any age and first time gardeners! Buy yours today for yourself or a gift!
This is also a good looking book. The photos are plentiful and beautiful, and the layout is eye-catching and easy to read! Plus, the handy sidebars, lists and tip boxes highlight Dee’s many important points and offer helpful and easy-to-follow suggestions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had everything! All of the information was helpful and playfully written! I read it in one day and began my garden the next!! A must read for gardeners!Published 3 months ago by Lauren Balkenbush
This is definitely a great book for those who want to start gardening, but haven't the slightest clue how to start or feel intimidated by all the seemingly contrary information out... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barbara Bach
If you are NOT a 20 to 30 something...BUY this anyway. I love Dee's down-to-earth style. Such a fun read, perfect gift for someone who is just starting to garden, at any age!Published 13 months ago by Sue Goetz
I love this book! While I adore gardening, I'm not necessarily very good at it. I also have a very short attention span. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily
I like this book because it gives brief but very helpful overviews on many different subjects (i.e. different containers, how to compost). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this book for the wife, and she loves it. Plenty of great ideas and common sense solutions.Published 20 months ago by Lucas H.