The 20-Minute Gardener: The Garden of Your Dreams Without Giving Up Your Life, Your Job, Or Your Sanity
The 20-Minute Gardener is a hands-on, user-friendly guide based on low-maintenance organic techniques that puts the fun back into gardening as well as the money back into your wallet. This book represents gardening for "the rest of us." It covers everything from choosing the right plants (ones that are easy to care for) and shopping for them, to designing your garden without graph paper and getting rid of pests (see Chapter 9, "Peter Rabbit Had It Coming"). All in just 20 minutes a day.
In addition to the basics are Tom and Marty's easy-to-follow, inexpensive 20-minute projects, such as "A 20-Minute Nocturne," in which a workaholic/commuter (in this case, Marty) can create a garden that he/she can enjoy after dark, or "Rooting for Roses," in which Tom tells you how he takes cuttings from the most self-sufficient, well-adapted, and flourishing roses around--for free!
Finally, there are tips and lists galore. Find out how to read a fertilizer label, what kind of tools to buy (note that Tom says don't listen to Marty on this one because he "thinks the scuffle hoe is a square dance he did one time when he was down in Texas"), and how to make the most of your neighbors' kids, and read "Tom's Sixteen All-time Favorite Connoisseur Plants" and "Marty's Top Ten Garden Plants" (number one: grass).
And remember, if all else fails, Chapter 11, "Gardeners Anonymous," features a five-step program for horticultural self-help (step one: gardens are from Earth; gardeners are from Mars!).
It's like Marty says--this book "is the most fun you can have in the garden without throwing dirt!"
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The 20-minute Gardener by Tom Christopher and Marty Asher presents a very different view to gardening. The subtitle proclaims that you can have a garden “of Your Dreams without Giving Up Your Life ... Read full review
The 20-minute gardener: new hope for the horticulturally challengedUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
In a follow-up to their collaboration on Compost This Book (Sierra Club, 1994), garden writer Christopher and Asher, editor-in-chief of Vintage Books, explore the possibilities of low-maintenance ... Read full review
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