Down and Dirty!: 43 Fun and Funky First-Time Projects and Activities to Get You Gardening

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Storey Publishing, 2007 - Gardening - 248 pages
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It may seem like gardeners belong to a super-secret, esoteric club, made up of members who know all about Latin plant names and mysterious methods familiar only to the serious few. Not true, says Ellen Zachos. She is here to reassure the uninitiated that anyone can have fun in the dirt. As proof she points out the millions who have actually planted something and succeeded in making it grow without a degree in horticulture or vast experience in design and color theory. Anyone can be a gardener.

The secret, Zachos believes, is to start with one small project, make it work (thatŐs where her expertise comes in!), learn by doing, and move on to another. Easy!ĘIt couldnŐt be simpler or more fun, and the satisfaction that comes with helping things grow is unbeatable.

ZachosŐs broad range of creative projects encourages would-be gardeners to discover the joys of getting down and dirty. ThereŐs something for every taste, from planting a tree to designing a small stonescape to starting a strawberry bed. The projects teach fundamental skills and give beginners the confidence to keep learning. Taken together, they are the building blocks of a beginnerŐs course in planting, designing, and creating. Gardening is really as easy as that. Spend a few weekends on fun projects that brighten up the home and backyard and learn basic gardening skills in the process. Proficiency in Latin is another matter.

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Ellen Zachos is the foraging expert at where she shares seasonal recipes and tips on foraging. She travels across the country in partnership with RemyUSA, teaching foraged mixology workshops to bartenders. Zachos is a regular contributor to several of the Edible magazines and is a Senior Regional Advisor at Garden Compass, a plant identification app. She is a Harvard graduate and the author of six books including Backyard Foraging. A long-time instructor at the New York Botanic Garden, Ellen has recently moved to Santa Fe, NM. 

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