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The Way We Garden Now: 41 Pick-and-Choose Projects for Planting Your Paradise Large or Small
     

The Way We Garden Now: 41 Pick-and-Choose Projects for Planting Your Paradise Large or Small

by Katherine Whiteside
 
Energizing, Inspiring, Edible, and Exciting: That’s what bestselling author Katherine Whiteside says gardening ought to be. Whether you have a half acre of land in the country or a tiny patch of grass in the city, whether you’re an experienced digger or you’ve never held a trowel, Whiteside offers forty-one versatile projects that will make

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Energizing, Inspiring, Edible, and Exciting: That’s what bestselling author Katherine Whiteside says gardening ought to be. Whether you have a half acre of land in the country or a tiny patch of grass in the city, whether you’re an experienced digger or you’ve never held a trowel, Whiteside offers forty-one versatile projects that will make anyone into a proud gardener.

In The Way We Garden Now, Whiteside, known as House Beautiful’s Garden Goddess, tackles every aspect of creating beautiful and personal gardens, from making a new bed to adding decorative details. Always down-to-earth, Whiteside believes that “fretting over having a perfect garden is not fun, but getting out there and accomplishing basic garden goals will always leave you happily fulfilled.” To that end, she shows how to create the garden that’s just right for you by mixing and matching projects according to your skill level, space limitations, climate, and even how much time you have. The Way We Garden Now is graced with whimsical watercolors, fun sidebars, and Whiteside’s expert tips. In five accessible sections, she teaches you how to:

-Get going with ten easy, manageable projects that will turn your yard into a garden while helping you master basic garden chores
-Surmount design dilemmas with solutions such as hedges, paths, and patios
-Organize ornamentals—from containers to a cutting garden
-Add edibles: Start a small salad garden that can evolve into an organic herb and vegetable potager
-Be a gardener for all seasons with summer bulbs, winter gardens, spring shows, and more...

With all the information about the supplies you’ll need, preparations to make, and even a helpful rating of how big an undertaking each project is, this is an indispensable book from a wise and witty mentor—a gardener who has been there and tried that.  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A self-described "hands-on gardener with a healthy disregard for fancy tools, an aversion to spending, and no time to recover from extreme exhaustion," Whitestone (Forcing, Etc.) urges readers to forget "perfection" when it comes to gardening, and instead turn it into something pleasurable. Whiteside categorizes projects by size; gives a "recipe" for each one with numbered steps so that in case you get distracted in the middle, you can easily continue later; and, with 21st-century pragmatism, informs readers of "the payoff" for each project before they get their hands dirty. Her first 10 projects cover gardening basics, including such essentials as preparing beds (the no-dig easy way), purchasing and organizing tools, attracting birds and avoiding pests, and fertilization. The potpourri of remaining projects, including cutting gardens, pea trellises, and scented night gardens, as well as recipes scattered among the vegetable chapters, are likely to tickle the fancy of more experienced gardeners. Whiteside's philosophy is generally, although not strictly, organic, and her writing is clear and easygoing, if a bit cutesy. Generously illustrated with whimsical drawings, this book may entice nervous novices into their backyards and give tired old-timers unexpected inspiration. (Feb.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307351357
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/13/2007
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Katherine Whiteside is the bestselling author of Forcing, Etc. One of the most renowned gardening writers, she has worked as a consultant for companies such as Smith and Hawken, Land Rover North America, and Bath and Body Works.

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