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Jeff Bredenberg has authored, coauthored, and edited more than 20 titles, and he frequently shares his how-to tips in TV and radio appearances and newspaper and magazine articles. He's written three other books in the How to Cheat series and empowers homeowners to get things done faster, better, and cheaper.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594869596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594869594
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Knisely on April 17, 2009
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This would be a great book for anyone just starting out gardening, or anyone who gardens, but doesn't have a lot of time for reading gardening books. It contains lots of lists or "cheat sheets" that include suggestions for crop rotations, spacing for common vegatables, when to start seeds, low maintenance plants, good companion vegatables/bad combination vegatables, plants to attract benificial insects, and invasive plants. The book does not go into a lot of detail such as why certain plants are better planted together. Other topics covered include soil (also, an interesting cheat sheet on what the weeds that grow in your soil tell you about it), keeping weeds at bay, mulching, fertilizing, plant selection, watering, recommended veggie varieties, landscape design, raised beds, container gardening, composting, mowing, planting, and tools. While the book does not go into the detail other books do (there are whole books devoted to these topics), it contains a great deal of useful information.
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I bought this book on the premise of learning "tricks" and "shortcuts" to use in my vegetable garden. If there were any, I didn't see them. This is just another gardening book. If you want easy tips, or tricks, buy one of Jerry Bakers books, because you're not going to get anything new here. Also, which is why I gave this 2 stars, is on the subject of Companion Planting. Page 126, titles under Good Companions in the vegetable Garden, it tells you tomatoes and carrots are great companions. THEN, on the VERY next page, under the heading "Bad Company" on page 129, it tells you to keep carrots and tomatoes AWAY from one another, as they aren't good for each other. HUH??? Someone needs to get their homework straight. If I can't trust that information, what else can't I trust thats written in this book?
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I love this book as it shows me how to control weeds and grass in my garden, plus many, many more valuable tips. I also like what it teaches about having a beautiful lawn and the care of my lawm mower. This will be one of my most treasured books. Bernice J. Miller
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As a beginning gardener, I found this book has some nuggets of useful information and common sense techniques. It is one of the better gardening books I've flipped through. Having done some prior research, there was a fair amount of info that I had already come across, but with all of the gardening specific books that's bound to happen.
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If you are thinking this book will give you valuable tips on how to save time and effort in lawncare, think again. This book is mostly devoted to gardening, and typical yardwork is only briefly covered. And when yardwork is covered, there are no "cheating" tips to help you save time or effort. To the contrary, this book makes suggestions that involve time-consuming, labor-intensive pampering of the yard! The book suggests you mow ever 3-5 days in the summer and only cut 1/3 or less of the grass blade off. How is that saving time?
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