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

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Now gardeners don’t have to choose between frugal and fantastic! In The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, time-tested solutions that will stretch your dollar farther than you ever thought possible, even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, from composting to conserving water, Hart's advice ensures that you won't waste a scrap of time or money. Perfect for everyone from novices to experts, whether you are growing food, flowers, house...
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The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden

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Overview

Now gardeners don’t have to choose between frugal and fantastic! In The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Rhonda Massingham Hart provides practical, time-tested solutions that will stretch your dollar farther than you ever thought possible, even as they yield beautiful, bountiful plants. From starting seeds to preserving produce, from composting to conserving water, Hart's advice ensures that you won't waste a scrap of time or money. Perfect for everyone from novices to experts, whether you are growing food, flowers, house plants, or landscape plants.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603426664
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 921,188
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Rhonda Massingham Hart is a master gardener and the author of Vertical Vegetables & Fruit, The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb, Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, and Squirrel Proofing Your Home & 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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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Not as great as I anticipated. I did LOVE Jim Baker's book on Ga

    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!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Packed with Simple, Helpful Tips and Charts

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Excellent

    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!

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Great Advice, Great Book

    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.

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