- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (March 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811868753
- ISBN-13: 978-0811868754
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Garden Anywhere Paperback – March 25, 2009
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Alys Fowler trained at the New York Botanical Garden. Currently, Alys is the head gardener at Berryfields, the location for BBC's Gardener's World and resides in the United Kingdom.
Top Customer Reviews
Garden Anywhere takes you from garden design to seed saving and is loaded with advice on scoring materials cheaply. I'm a do-it-yourselfer but I've never felt the urge to snoop in other's trash until I read Alys Fowler's book. The formally trained Ms. Fowler is rather fond of dumpster diving. She encourages rummaging for goods first instead of purchasing them. It may take a while to compile but you'll be saving your pocketbook some bucks while keeping items out of landfills.
I've dug soil since adolescence so I know a thing or two about gardening. Uhem, I grow 7 foot tall heirloom tomato plants (from seed) that produce well into December. The most seasoned of gardeners will surely learn from Garden Anywhere.
Alys Fowler loves compost. She dedicates almost an entire chapter to it and talks about the benefits of making your own compost throughout the book. If I had read this earlier I would have followed her instructions on building my own compost bin instead of purchasing an expensive Tumbleweed. If red wigglers are your thing, instructions on how to build a worm box are also included. Weeds are forbidden in my compost bin. That is until now. Fowler unequivocally states your compost can't live without them. Concocting what she calls "perennial weed soup."
I do have a different opinion on a couple of statements. Of course I would. Seed sowing is the way to my heart. Fowler's method for choosing which vegetables to grow is to "choose vegetables with your stomach and purse in mind.Read more ›
The photography is lovely, although not always helpful. Her personality is wonderful and her writing style is a breeze to read - I plowed through the book in a day. She touched base on some very helpful "101" topics, like determining soil type, making compost, raising worms and organic pest control. However, I could have really used some diagrams about the anatomy of a plant/seed/cutting, photographs of plant problems (yellow leaves, mold, pests, etc) and better step-by-step photographs. I didn't finish this book with any more confidence in my first attempt at gardening than before it was started.
Also, although she advocates organic growing (and I do too!) and thrifty gardening, I was surprised that she recommended using random scraps of wood from who knows where for container gardening. Dumpster diving from construction areas could lead to using materials with toxins that could be leached into the soil and thus your vegetables. Scraping the old paint off of something doesn't necessarily make it safe.
Lastly, on page 18, the last sentence is never finished - it cuts off at "a plant that needs sun will..." and the next page is a completely different topic. Where did the rest of this paragraph go??
Great book though. Sorry I can't give any deeper review other than how it looks. It hasn't been read yet, but the book is loved for how pretty it is, so even if the content turns out to be useless (which is unlikely) it'll still be a good book to keep. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book and I'm so glad I ordered it. She has alot of good information in this book and it is well worth the price. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rebecca
I enjoyed this book so much, I read it in one day. I would say it's more helpful for people in apartments with at least a small amount of yard to work with, so those without may... Read morePublished on September 25, 2014 by DChampagne16
Great book for everyone who is interested in gardening, from urban fire-escape containers to spacious yards. Really approachable. Great reference book. Read morePublished on September 8, 2014 by anna of the north
I've bought this for quite a few gifts. it is greatPublished on September 6, 2014 by Hilary Lynn Pecis
I am disappointed in this book. I live in an apt and want to have a small garden. I need some information that is simple and to the point on gardening in small spaces.Published on July 23, 2014 by Shara L Palmer
I have no gardening experience and found this book to be very helpful. I am now starting a container garden based on Ms. Fowler's advice. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by jarangua
There are hundreds and hundreds of gardening books out there. There are hundreds and hundreds of strategies for every aspect of gardening from sowing seeds to composting. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by S. Sinclair
Being an avid gardener, I am always looking for unique ways to grow a garden. This book gives plenty of ideas, especially vertical gardens.Published on March 11, 2014 by JD Texas