From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden

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Macmillan, Mar 5, 2002 - Gardening - 256 pages
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Amy Stewart had a simple dream. She wanted a garden.

When she and her husband finished graduate school, they headed west to Santa Cruz, California. With little money in their pockets, they found a modest seaside cottage with a small backyard. It wasn’t much—a twelve-hundred-square-foot patch of land with a couple of fruit trees and a lot of dirt—but it was a good place to start.

From the Ground Up is Stewart's chronicle of the seedlings and weeds, cats and compost, worms and watering that transform a tiny plot of earth into a glorious garden. From planting the seeds her great-grandmother sends to battling snails, gophers, and aphids, Stewart takes us on a tour of her coastal garden and shares the lessons she's learned the hard way. In the process, she brings her California beach town to life—complete with harbor seals, monarch butterfly migrations, and an old-fashioned, seaside amusement park just down the street.

Delighting in triumphs and confessing to a multitude of gardening sins, Stewart dishes the dirt for both the novice and experienced gardener. With helpful tips in each chapter, From the Ground Up tells the story of a young woman’s determination to create a garden in which the plants struggle to live up to the gardener’s vision

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Stewart, Amy From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden Nonfiction When she finally gets the opportunity to indulge her gardening fantasies, Amy Stewart keeps a written record of her endeavors ... Read full review

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this was a lovely book to boost a gardener's spirit. it would be a nice gift for anyone who's starting a garden or moving into a new house, because each chapter has handy and practical tips. Read full review


Planting the Seed
First Garden
Weeds 717
First Harvest
Seeds 778
Insects Good and Bad 714j
Houseplants 716o
Tomatoes 7204
Basil 7217
Surplus Produce 7224
Fall Migration 7233
Letter to the Next Gardener at 118 Buena Vista

Oranges and Roses 7

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About the author (2002)

Amy Stewart’s articles and essays have appeared in Victoria, Organic Gardening, and GreenPrints. She lives in Eureka, California, where she has recently ripped out all the grass around her old Victorian home to make room for the plants she transported from her first garden in Santa Cruz.

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