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The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden by [Hart, Rhonda Massingham]
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About the Author

Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of several books including Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, and Deerproofing Your Yard & 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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3414 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd ed. edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHX4U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I picked up The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources As You Garden, I expected a book with instructions for a DIY composter and home made soap spray for killing aphids. And while Rhonda Massingham Hart's book does dish out these tips, her book is really much more about good, old fashioned gardening techniques.

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.
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This book is great for sticking in your purse and taking with you where ever you go. Read a few pages when you are waiting for a doctor's appointment or waiting to pick up your child from school. The formatting is wonderful and makes it so easy to glean information. It's concise and straightforward. The first section is all about the absolutes (which I'm trying to follow as much as I can, but am doing imperfectly). You can see the table of contents in the preview which is very helpful. What I realized this week as I met with a friend of mine who has been gardening for years is that this book is full of the tips that you glean over years of gardening about how to garden wisely. If you don't have someone to teach you how to garden and mentor you, this is a great book to read. I am enjoying it and I'd consider myself a novice gardener (I only have a few years under my belt).

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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Sort of a fun little book but not too many ideas that I haven't seen elsewhere. Probably best suited to a beginning gardener. I would recommend checking it out of the library to owning or buying used at a low price.
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Some good advice, but not a lot of things that long-time gardeners don't already know. I'd say that it is a very good book for the beginner.
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I bought the actual BOOK... Not a kindle version. I wanted it hard copy, in my hands, when I am in the garden. It is GREAT! FULL of great ideas, easy to research, and fun to read. I really enjoy it. I now have gardens in both my back yard and my front yard. This book has helped. I got it used, paid (I think) $0.01 plus postage ($3.99), and you know? I really am glad that I got it. I have a LOT of gardening books... But this one is, by far, the BEST I ever had. I love it! Great ideas, and easy to read.
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The author gives a great overview of gardening. She covers the basics of site selection, enhancing the soil and great low cost alternatives. This book has lots of good information for the beginner or the experienced gardener.
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This book is a wonderful resource for gardeners, and will help save a bundle on plants and equipment. It is accurate and very readable, with lots of "how to" illustrations. Great for anyone who wants to grow their own food, flowers or plants without breaking the bank!
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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. Love to see the author write a second one.
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