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Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started Paperback – February 13, 2012
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Katie Elzer-Peters is a horticulturist who writes gardening books, blogs, and articles. A resident of Wilmington, North Carolina, she also teaches classes and runs workshops dedicated to gardening and garden writing. She has an MS degree in public garden management and has published several renowned books with Cool Springs Press.
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And the special juice she brings to every project is her preternatural talent of simplifying the complex. So when I heard that her first published book was to be a guide for beginning gardeners, I could think of no better author for the topic. In The Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening, Katie brings her talent to the fore with a simple, straightforward, relaxed guide to gardening.
This isn't a book that gardening geeks need. But how many of us have a friend who comes over, looks longingly at our attempts to grow things, and wishes they were the kind of person who could do that? Or a young person in our life who wants to start a few seeds on their patio, but hasn't ever really gardened before? This is exactly the kind of book I've wished I could give my friends and clients - warm, personal, and with a "you can totally do this!" kind of feel.
Yet it's not overly chatty, and the text is delightfully simple. It's got all the gardening tips that people like me have gathered over the years, yet aren't usually covered in books. Things like how to understand a fertilizer label, or why to buy plants that are in bud rather than in bloom. Katie demystifies these processes and gives readers the benefit of years of experience.Read more ›
-Update-A horrible book to have sitting out where visitors can see it. I've 'lost' four copies from people borrowing it and not returning it. Now I hide my copy!
The book's design and graphics are nothing short of brilliant. the good stuff begins right away in the "Introduction" and "What You Need" chapters that are full of colorful line drawings and photos explaining everything from the parts of plants, flowers, and seeds to which clippers are used for different tasks.
The next part is tabbed with red edges clearly explains to newbie gardeners how to navigate around a garden center, read a plant tag, understand seed packets, decipher a hardiness zone map, figure out fertilizer, and choose healthy plants. Again, I don't think I can stress this enough, the graphics are so gosh darn cool. After looking at these images and reading Katie's advice, an alien from outer space would understand how to garden on Earth.
The following chapters are all tabbed with a different color, making it quick and simple to get to the right part. Part Two is blue and covers gardening basics like seed starting and how to correctly water plants. Part Three is about lawn care and is appropriately tabbed in green. Part Four is purple and covers trees and shrubs; how to buy them, plant them, prune them, and fix tree and shrub problems. Part Five is yellow and about flowers, both annuals and perennials, sun plants and shade plants. Part Six is about vegetables and is carrot orange.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Katie Elzer-Peters makes it soooo easy to understand. I needed some help desperately! We had just bought a home with some fantastic plants and garden! Read morePublished 1 month ago by hae1234
Great pictures. Put together so that each section listed in the table of contents can stand independently which is helpful when you need it as a quick reference.Published 1 month ago by Chris
Gave to my daughter in law. Only looking briefly at it, it looked greatPublished 12 months ago by kristi noga
I purchased this book to gift to friends who just bought their first home and want to learn about gardening and lawn management. It is basic, but this is stated twice in the title. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. O'Hara
I was planning my first vegitable garden so I bought this book based on it's positive reviews. The book was very vague on a lot of the info that I was looking for as an... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tony M.
basic is too advanced to describe this book. I was looking for instruction on growing and taking care of all types of plants NOT for anyone looking for that,. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cathy Schenone