Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening

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A lively and practical guide to organic gardening from a renowned garden expert.

Annie Spiegelman's down-to-earth wit and wisdom create the perfect primer for anyone with a passion for home-grown veggies or fresh-cut flowers, no matter what their skill level, location, or resources. Includes advice on:

•Learning to worship the worm and build a compost pile

•Landscape designs-start small in order to create a basic plan for a plot

•The secret to healthy soil (the only way to have ...

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Overview

A lively and practical guide to organic gardening from a renowned garden expert.

Annie Spiegelman's down-to-earth wit and wisdom create the perfect primer for anyone with a passion for home-grown veggies or fresh-cut flowers, no matter what their skill level, location, or resources. Includes advice on:

•Learning to worship the worm and build a compost pile

•Landscape designs-start small in order to create a basic plan for a plot

•The secret to healthy soil (the only way to have a healthy garden)

•Irrigation systems and strategies to conserve water

•Proper pruning-from roses to trees

•How to combine vegetables to make them thrive

•How to let your garden go native and become drought tolerant

•Edible landscaping and gardening in small spaces

Talking Dirt is a one-stop handbook that features resources for shopping, learning, and promoting environmentally sound garden practices within local communities.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"It's hard to resist a gardening book that's both chock-full of information and fun to read. It doesn't matter if you are a novice gardener or more experienced, Annie shows the way to growing and enjoying a natural, sustainable, organic garden."
-Nell Newman, cofounder and president of Newman's Own Organics

"Annie Spiegelman (aka the Dirt Diva) understands what gardening is really about: having fun . . . even when you aren't having fun! This book is laugh-out-loud useful and smart. Frankly, it's the best book on organic gardening that I've seen in 11 years (since mine came out). The Dirt Diva Royal Horticultural Society is the only gardening club I really want to be a member of."
-Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale Inc., MariasFarmCountryKitchen.com

"Talking Dirt is wonderful-even for those who don't have a garden . . .yet."
-Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"Fun, factual, and filled with ideas. What sets Talking Dirt apart from all other organic gardening how-to guides is Anne Spiegelman. Her writing has an easy style, is easy to understand, and makes organic gardening easy to put into practice. The information is presented with personality and wit, making this book a must-have resource for the aspiring organic gardener."
-Michael C. Metallo, president of the National Gardening Association

"What Skinny Bitch did for vegetarianism Talking Dirt may do for organic gardening. Annie Spiegelman's book is the perfect primer for a generation raised on supermarket food and flowers but who are searching for something fresher and more satisfying. As comfortable among the cabbages as she is in a fashion boutique, Spiegelman succeeds in making the intricacies of gardening without toxic chemicals exciting and rewarding. With a light, swift tone and ample instruction, this is the organic gardening book for busy people."
-Brian Clark Howard, environmental journalist and web editor for The Daily Green

"Beautifully combining passion, humor, and a deep-rooted care for the planet, Spiegelman is the organic femme fatale. She understands the importance of our own backyards to build a better future, one shovelful of compost at a time. What a fantastic book."
-Helge Hellberg, executive director of Marin Organic and host of An Organic Conversation Radio Show

"Spiegelman's tone is reminiscent of the 'Samurai Shopper' column in the New York Times... entertaining and effective."
-Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here and senior researcher for World Watch Institute

"Spiegelman tells the lighthearted story of her own transformation from weekend gardener to a 'Dirt Diva.' Talking Dirt is full of tips all gardeners should take to heart to make their plot organic and nurture their plants the way nature intended."
-Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle Inc.

Christiane Northrup
"Talking Dirt is wonderful - even for those who don't have a garden...yet."-- (Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause)
Brian Halweil
"Spiegelman's tone is reminiscent of the 'Samurai Shopper' column in the New York Times? entertaining and effective."-- (Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here and senior researcher for World Watch Institute)
Nell Newman
"It's hard to resist a gardening book that's both chock-full of information and fun to read. It doesn't matter if you are a novice gardener or more experienced, Annie shows the way to growing and enjoying a natural, sustainable, organic garden."-- (Nell Newman, cofounder and president of Newman's Own Organics)
Maria Rodale
"Annie Spiegelman (aka the Dirt Diva) understands what gardening is really about: having fun...even when you aren't having fun! This book is laugh-out-loud useful and smart. Frankly, it's the best book on organic gardening that I've seen in 11 years (since mine came out). The Dirt Diva Royal Horticultural Society is the only gardening club I really want to be a member of."-- (Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale Inc., MariasFarmCountryKitchen.com)
Michael C. Metallo
"Fun, factual, and filled with ideas. What sets Talking Dirt apart from all other organic gardening how-to guides is Anne Spiegelman. Her writing has an easy style, is easy to understand, and makes organic gardening easy to put into practice. The information is presented with personality and wit, making this book a must-have resource for the aspiring organic gardener."-- (Michael C. Metallo, president of the National Gardening Association)
Brian Clark Howard
"What Skinny Bitch did for vegetarianism Talking Dirt may do for organic gardening. Annie Spiegelman's book is the perfect primer for a generation raised on supermarket food and flowers but who are searching for something fresher and more satisfying. As comfortable among the cabbages as she is in a fashion boutique, Spiegelman succeeds in making the intricacies of gardening without toxic chemicals exciting and rewarding. With a light, swift tone and ample instruction, this is the organic gardening book for busy people."-- (Brian Clark Howard, environmental journalist and web editor for The Daily Green)
Helge Hellberg
"Beautifully combining passion, humor, and a deep-rooted care for the planet, Spiegelman is the organic femme fatale. She understands the importance of our own backyards to build a better future, one shovelful of compost at a time. What a fantastic book."-- (Helge Hellberg, executive director of Marin Organic and host of An Organic Conversation Radio Show)
Tom Szaky
"Spiegelman tells the lighthearted story of her own transformation from weekend gardener to a 'Dirt Diva.' Talking Dirt is full of tips all gardeners should take to heart to make their plot organic and nurture their plants the way nature intended."-- (Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle Inc.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399535659
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 948,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Spiegelman, a California Master Gardener, writes the organic garden column Dirt Diva for the Bay Area's Pacific Sun newspaper. She is also a frequent contributor to Organic Style Magazine, New York Spirit, the Marin Independent Journal, Creative Home, and Learn2grow.com and Urbansustainableliving.com.
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    A fun and practical overview for organic and smart gardening.

    I had checked this book out from the library and did not want to part with it when it was due. So, I turned to Barnes and Noble and made it part of my gardening library. I am somewhat of a beginner, urban gardener, so this is exactly what I need to give me practical information in a very fun and easy read. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Talking Dirt

    This is an entertaining, friendly, encouraging guide to organic gardening. While full of useful information, this is not a deep scholarly tome that will send you to the dictionary to decipher the author's prose. Rather, it's a user-friendly guide, filled with simple suggestions, self-deprecating humor and do-able solutions. A very enjoyable read, and really inspirational.

    There are illustrations of suggested plants, all rated for their ease in growing, hardiness, and watering needs. There are also lots of illustrations of garden layouts, many based on the author's Northern California home garden.

    All in all, this is an unpretentious, friendly, helpful book. I would recommend it to anyone who is considering becoming more involved in gardening, and especially anyone who would like to find a healthier, more natural method of producing a beautiful garden.

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