The Gardener's Gripe Book

The Gardener's Gripe Book

by Abby Adams
     
 

Perennials that behave like annuals, gone within a year or two. Lettuce that bolts right when you're in the mood for a salad. Deer, hedgehogs, slugs, and bugs. And then, all the know-it-alls who tell you how easy it is. Gardening may be America's most popular leisure activity, but it is also the most frustrating, aggravating, and time-consuming-by no means the

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Perennials that behave like annuals, gone within a year or two. Lettuce that bolts right when you're in the mood for a salad. Deer, hedgehogs, slugs, and bugs. And then, all the know-it-alls who tell you how easy it is. Gardening may be America's most popular leisure activity, but it is also the most frustrating, aggravating, and time-consuming-by no means the simple idyll-with-dirt sold by gardening gurus. As lifelong gardener Abby Adams points out in her tongue-in-cheek book, you can't trust the experts, nothing looks like it does in magazines and catalogs, trends change more often than hemlines, and Mother Nature always wins. Literate, funny, studded with quotes and ironic observations, here is a series of honest takes on dozens of subjects that all gardeners will relate to.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A very funny down-to-earth gardener takes a swipe at gardening pretense and vows to "tell no lies." With Will Rogers-style good will and common sense, pet peeves grow into a belly-laugh of a book. The well-organized myriad of topics includes: a respectable and entertaining history of gardening ("From Eve to Martha Stewart"); the wrongfully maligned lawn and its environmentally-correct alternatives (e.g., meadows-in-cans-"It is better to tear your money into little pieces and scatter them to the wind"); dirt (a soil analysis by an extension agent is like an astrologer saying "you have 3 planets in your 6th house, when all you want to know is whether or not you should get married"). Equally amusing are ventings on vegetables, perennials, "tree$" and garden enemies (don't miss the repellent recipe calling for Japanese beetles in the blender-"this is the fun part"). Longer chapters are spliced with essays such as "Gourmet Gardeners" who "clip recipes from gardening magazines (this is equivalent to gleaning medical advice from Vanity Fair") and "Smell" ("`Aromatic' herbs mostly aren't"; paperwhites and hyacinths are "olfactory offenders"). A welcome, resounding reveille for gardeners who have dwelt too long with glossy pictures and impossible expert advice. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563056475
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/05/1995
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
521,434
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Abby Adams is the author of An Uncommon Scold (1,000 quotes from women) and, with her husband, High Jinx and Transylvania Station. Born and raised in New York City, she has at various times lived in San Francisco, in London, in Woodstock, New York, and on Fire Island. She has always gardened.

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