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No Green Thumb Required! Organic Family Gardening Made Easy Perfect Paperback – January 1, 2009
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Review by Debbie Moore Clark The main thesis of Don Rosenberg's self-published manual that organic gardening at home can be easy also includes a major focus upon families. Rosenberg maintains home gardening is a project where everyone can participate, even the kids. In fact, most chapters in the book contain "Kids in the Garden" tips appropriate to children of all ages. The book, written to support the author's local Instant Organic Garden business that installs raised bed gardens, has value beyond merely educating and helping his customers. Its real value lies in how it methodically shares earth-saving ideals and lays out easy-to-implement principles for growing organically. Chapter 11's extensive Garden Planner offers detailed planning, layout and planting instructions for crops easily grown locally and nationwide, including the best heirloom varieties. Also detailed are helpful and educational tips for four-season gardening, how to maximize space and minimize labor even how to grow the right quantity for one's family size, thus eliminating the age old problem of too many Zucchini all at once! Written in easy-to-understand language, "No Green Thumb Required!" is a practical manual any inexperienced wannabe gardener can understand and appreciate. Rosenberg targets the novice with limited time, limited space and, likely, few gardening tools. Although a list of which hand tools needed to manage the garden is not included, this manual seems one of the few required besides a watering can and a basket to hold the harvest! DMC __________________________ Debbie Moore Clark is a Charlotte-based writer, who loves to garden organically and make presentations about gardening to local church and garden groups. She writes regularly for Carolina Landscape magazine. --Debbie Moore Clark
About the Author
Don Rosenberg has memories from his early childhood shelling peas with his grandfather on his back porch and later watching him grow tomatoes in his garden in Florida.
Later, as an owner of a chain of retail music stores, he worked from home and began growing vegetables in his back yard for his own family. He enjoyed the fresh vegetables, but his schedule didn t allow him much time to spend in the garden, so he began a search for ways to make gardening as little work as possible.
After spending 27 years in the music industry, Don Rosenberg was ready for a change. He decided to start a new business based on something he had grown to love organic gardening. He realized that many people want to grow their own family gardens but don t have a lot of time to spend or the expertise on how to get started.
So, in November of 2006, he founded Instant Organic Garden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has turned it into a business that makes it easy for anyone to have a garden, even beginners. It's especially appropriate for today's busy lifestyle. Don talks with each family, helps determine the best site for a garden and comes up with a four season garden plan. The beds are installed complete with weedless, organic soil and organic fertilizers. All that remains is planting seeds and watering. He includes twelve months of online, email and phone support. Now he sells his cedar garden kits online across the United States.
This book is a result of his desire to share with others his secrets to successful organic gardening. Don's inspiration comes from clients describing how excited their childrenare picking and eating delicious vegetables from their new gardens. Parents are asking for more ways they can involve their kids in the whole gardening adventure!
Don Rosenberg received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Virginia and is a North Carolina Master Gardener. He writes a regular column for a local publication, The Charlotte Weekly, called Easy Growing. He has two teenage sons and enjoys fishing, canoeing, and tennis. He talks to groups on entrepreneurship and business planning as well as gardening.