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"I wish I hadThe 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff (St. Lynn's Press) to help me when I started my first garden. I would have saved loads of money on plants and water." -- Annie Spiegelman, Pacific Sun, Marin County Local News


"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

Book Description

Urban farming is the hot new movement sweeping the country: growing food closer to where we live, whether it’s on a condo deck, in a backyard or in a community garden. The 20/30-Something Garden Guide gives that busy, mostly urban, cohort a fun, non-intimidating introduction to the basics of gardening. These are the folks who want to know where their food comes from, and they’re hip to the importance of good health and the environment. They may not have a lot of free time or change in their pockets, but if they could find a no-fuss Gardening 101 that spoke their language and gave achievable goals, they’d go for it. This is that book: high graphic appeal, fully illustrated, step-by-step projects and essential tips. Garden expert Dee Nash divides her book into four types and sizes of gardens, starting with “Farming Your Patio, Balcony or Deck,” and giving incremental goals for the first year, and the second and third. With this guide as a basic roadmap, new gardeners can be as creative and out-of-the-box as they want. It's theirs to enjoy.
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (February 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985562277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985562274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Carol J. Michel on February 15, 2014
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I recommend this book for anyone who is just starting out with a new garden or who has a desire to start gardening, even if it is just growing a tomato plant in a container. It's also a good book for experienced gardeners who will enjoy the pleasant, conversational style of Nash's writing. Nash reminds us throughout the book that a garden isn't planted and finished in one season. Her book teaches you how to build on what you've done each year to grow a bigger, better garden the next year.

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.
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The writing is warm and inspires confidence. Nash knows her stuff, keeps it simple and straightforward. The photographs are both lovely and helpful. At this point in my life, after years of gardening and with many gardening books, I am ready to pitch the other books and keep this for my staple reference.
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"Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?"

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!
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Hi friends. Let me say right up front that I went to high school with Dee. We didn't know each other well in school but after our last reunion and after we all joined facebook, we have become good friends. She's been gardening most of her life. I just began gardening in 2010. The extent of Dee's knowledge boggles my mind. I have bounced between asking her tons of gardening questions, to not asking her anything at all for fear of annoying her. I didn't want to scare off my new old friend. But let me be clear, she has always been encouraging and generous. Some of the plants in my garden actually came from starts in Dee's beautiful garden! I've said all this for a reason. That reason being, I AM SO GLAD SHE WROTE A BOOK! This really cuts down on my list of questions. In the book she starts with the very basics - things I should know by now but didn't - and carries you through several seasons in the garden. It even includes great how-to guides for projects I would never dream of trying without her instructions. And if I still have questions, there's her facebook page (named after the book) where I can go for even more information because she posts gardening info there too. Lastly, it's beautiful and engaging cover to cover. My mom no longer gardens (she actually never gardened too much) but she spent hours one afternoon enjoying Dee's book. She found it interesting, pretty and humorous. My thought, if the book appeals to a non-gardener like my mom, it should appeal to everyone. Give it a look. You won't be disappointed. My copy already has lots of highlighted text.
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This book is amazing! It's straightforward and easy to understand and apply straight to your garden. I have learned numerous new things. it's great for anyone trying to learn how to garden! It's also a very pleasant read! Fun!
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There is a lot of information packed into these pages! Don’t be intimidated, however, as Dee is an encouraging coach, taking the guesswork out of creating a beautiful, but productive garden. Her writing is very readable and her midwest charm shines through. It's a great choice for both newbie as well as more experienced gardeners who hope to grow more in their allotted spaces or have fun with the many fun projects detailed in the pages.

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.
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I love this book. This is the perfect gift for a gardening family member to get them started learning to garden. It is also a great reference to the avid gardener, even gives new ideas and the right way to garden. The author is knowledgeable from a lifetime of gardening and growing things the right way.
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