The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden

The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden

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  • More and more people are venturing into the dirt every day, inspired by the promise of fresh-from-the-backyard produce and lower grocery bills. But like any hobby, gardening has its pitfalls; without the right planning and know-how, even experienced gardeners can discover with shock that they’ve grown a $64 tomato!

    Fortunately, gardeners don’t have to choose between frugal and fantastic. In The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, commonsense advice that helps growers save money . . . without compromising the harvest. Using an accessible tip format, Hart offers time-tested solutions that stretch a dollar, even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants.

    From starting seeds to preserving produce, and from compost to water conservation, Hart's advice ensures that readers waste neither time nor money. The book offers dozens of helpful lists, including
    "pennywise plants" and "best ofs," and it covers all types of gardens — including vegetables, flowers, houseplants, and landscape foliage. Sidebars offer innovative money-saving tips and simple instructions. The book will appeal to the first-time gardener, as well as to more experienced growers who are newly budget-conscious.

    Children's Literature

    Written by a Master Gardener with thirty years experience, this handy guide for gardeners of any experience includes ten chapters. They cover everything from soil, tools, plants, varieties, seeds versus starter plants, and guidelines for doing things the easiest and cheapest way. The chapters are relatively short and divided graphically for ease of identification and usefulness. Along the way, a color coded "Dirt Cheap" tip is included on the subject at hand. Black and white illustrations are utilized when necessary to aid understanding. There are plenty of lists for necessary items, such as: plants that do best in wet or dry soils or acid or alkaline soils, essential tools to have on hand or plants to discourage pests. All the information is designed to make gardening as productive, reasonable in cost, and enjoyable as possible. Anyone who gardens knows the rewards and frustrations. The more knowledge one has ensures more successful gardening. This book is a handy source for that knowledge. Appendices list varieties of fruits and vegetables best suited for various situations as well as resources for further information. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

  • Author: Hart, Rhonda Massingham.
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
  • Pages: 281
  • Publication Date: 2009-09-30T00:00:01Z
  • Edition: 2nd ed.
  • Binding: Paperback
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • ISBN13: 9781603424417
  • ISBN: 1603424415
  • Other ISBN: 9781603426664
  • Other ISBN Binding: print
  • Language: en_US
  • Quality Rating: 1
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