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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
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, Your Job, or Your Sanity” – a tall order. Christopher and Asher take turns narrating in a chatty, conversational tone. Each chapter discusses more theoretical aspects of planning, planting, and maintaining a garden. Lists of rules help illustrate the discussion and provide further tips. Practical projects are highlighted throughout the book. Zones and plan suggestions for different climates are also given. The main concern, always, is easy maintenance. While I’m sure some of the tips are adoptable by everyone and cut down the amount of yard chores, I doubt that you can actually cut your gardening down to 20 minutes a year. EJ 08/2012
Review: The 20-Minute Gardener: The Garden of Your Dreams Without Giving up Your Life, Your Job, or Your SanityUser Review - Goodreads
The wit of the authors was hard to follow at times but I think it still makes for a good resource.
The One-Hour Garden: How You Can Have a No-Fuss, No-Work Garden
Joanna Smith,Reader's Digest
No preview available - 2003
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