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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by Rhonda Massingham Hart
     
 

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Discover how frugal gardening can lead to fantastic results! Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, time-tested tips that stretch your dollar even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, Hart’s advice ensures that you won’t waste time and money while growing your own vegetables, flowers, houseplants, or…  See more details below

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Discover how frugal gardening can lead to fantastic results! Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, time-tested tips that stretch your dollar even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, Hart’s advice ensures that you won’t waste time and money while growing your own vegetables, flowers, houseplants, or landscape foliage. Perfect for thrifty gardeners of all levels, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb covers everything you want to grow, indoors and out.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603424417
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Pages:
281
Sales rank:
602,698
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of several books including Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, and Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden. She has written articles for a variety of magazines, including Flower & Garden, Woman’s Day, and Fine Gardening. She writes extensively on organic gardening techniques and lives in Washington State.

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The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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MomsGarden More than 1 year ago
Not as great as I anticipated. I did LOVE Jim Baker's book on Gardening so much better. And, I love a good, quick read novel after my gardening -- here's some really good reads. Enjoy! Hugs from Granny!!
Anne-B More than 1 year ago
This book is great for sticking in your purse and taking with you where ever you go. Read a few pages when you are waiting for a doctor's appointment or waiting to pick up your child from school. The formatting is wonderful and makes it so easy to glean information. It's concise and straightforward. The first section is all about the absolutes (which I'm trying to follow as much as I can, but am doing imperfectly). You can see the table of contents in the preview which is very helpful. What I realized this week as I met with a friend of mine who has been gardening for years is that this book is full of the tips that you glean over years of gardening about how to garden wisely. If you don't have someone to teach you how to garden and mentor you, this is a great book to read. I am enjoying it and I'd consider myself a novice gardener (I only have a few years under my belt). I also like that this book has lots of handy charts. Chart on things like full sun or partial sun flowers, shrubs, and trees; drought and col-hardiness plants; foods suitable for dehydrating; etc... These charts aren't in any of the other gardening books I have. Since it is small, it's easy to store and find room for on your bookshelf. It packs a lot of great info in its compact size. They don't sacrifice font size either. With small books, I often struggle with the font size, but I haven't with this one. I'd recommend this book if you're going on a trip and want something easy to read or you're looking for a gift for someone who gardens or you're just starting out gardening! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing.
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hallaj56 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day. I started using things in it that very day! It rocks! Great ideas for Self-starters on a budget!
anchor More than 1 year ago
Easy to read, well organized garden reference. If you want to go green and save some green in the garden this book is a must read.