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Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden
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Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden

by Christy Wilhelmi
 

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Start a New Vegetable Garden the Right Way...the First Time!

Are you new to organic vegetable gardening? This book will show you the simplest and best way to:

  • Build quick and easy raised beds
  • Create healthy soil for higher yields
  • Set up drip irrigation in a snap
  • Control pests with ease
  • And grow an abundant

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Start a New Vegetable Garden the Right Way...the First Time!

Are you new to organic vegetable gardening? This book will show you the simplest and best way to:

  • Build quick and easy raised beds
  • Create healthy soil for higher yields
  • Set up drip irrigation in a snap
  • Control pests with ease
  • And grow an abundant supply of home-grown fruits and vegetables

Gardening for Geeks is your go-to guide for all this and more. Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd has done the research for you and organized it the way the geek-mind works. Clear explanations, visual aids, and instructions will guide you toward your best garden ever. Grow food without chemicals, use science to understand what your plants are telling you, and dive into DIY projects that make gardening easier and more efficient.

Gardening for Geeks is also great for teachers, parents, and grandparents who garden with children. You'll find easy-to-understand explanations of how soil microbes function, how plants use nutrients and fertilizers, and how bugs play an important role in our ecosystem. This book offers simple tools for a successful garden using math, science, biology, and ecology. Don't let the title fool you; Gardening for Geeks is one of the most thorough yet approachable gardening books of its kind.

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"A well thought out book that covers a lot of territory. The chapter of the book that details different vegetables is the most helpful I have seen." - Knit and Nosh

"What I like about Gardening for Geeks is that it deciphers all the math, biology and ecology of gardening using Wilhelmi's easy, breezy writing style. That's the kind of science that could make a big difference in my garden. How about yours?" - Vegetable Gardener blog

"Gardening for Geeks [has] all the tips and 'tricks' to help me out. What's different about this book then other gardening books, is that she also provides you with steps on what to do with your vegetables and fruits now that you've picked them." - Front Porch Reviews

"Organic garden designer Christy Wilhelmi keeps the mood light as she digs into the science of growing a successful garden.... The book is surprisingly easy to digest even as she launches into tips on how to run germination tests and worm farms and how to gear up for active batch thermal composting." - The Daily News

"Gardening for Geeks is written in easy to understand language that will be useful for both the beginner and advanced gardener. There are loads of photographs, drawings and charts to help you see exactly what the author is covering in each chapter. If you pick up one gardening book this season, this needs to be it." - Confessions of an Overworked Mom

"Gardening for Geeks is full of invaluable instructions, tips and tricks to get your garden up and running! From how to prepare your garden beds to what to plant to how to keep the pests away to what to do with the food you harvest. This book has it all." ? Stephanie O'Dea blog

"I am both a science geek and an avid gardener. Until now, I had not really though about putting those two things together in the way that Gardening for Geeks does. If you are interested in gardening, whether you are new to the idea or have been gardening for years I think you will find this to be an incredibly useful resource!" - Turning the Clock Back blog

"The book teaches just about everything you need to know to grow your own organic food" - Los Angeles Times

"Gardening for Geeks by Christy Wilhelmi gives readers options. Homeowners learn about growing methods, including bio-intensive gardening...as well as other biological and ecological ideas. Or, homeowners can simply read about ways to make gardening easier, including how to tell if seeds bought two years ago are still good." - The Plain Dealer

"It is a book I will turn to time and time again. In the future, it will be a book that I will use to draw interest from my grandchildren to the wonders of gardening. For now, it is fascinating me to learn all the wondrous aspects of gardening that produces beauty and bounty: the soil, garden beds, garden seasons, irrigation, trellises, pest control, composting, and more." - A Delightsome Life

"A great way to get ideas, tips and prep for the growing season. I think this is a really nice book for the garden enthusiast to add to their reference material. It is an enjoyable read with tons of useful and helpful info!" - A Hen's Nest

"Want that same straight-forward vegetable talk in an easy to handle book, all in one place? That's as simple as it gets even for us garden geeks. I especially recommend it for those with lots of basic vegetable garden questions. Your search is over; this is a good place to start." - Annie's Gardening Corner

"Gardening for Geeks helps you to see your garden more as an ecosystem and work to keep it in balance. It is basic enough to be understandable to newbie gardeners (in fact, I would highly recommend it to new gardeners) but seasoned gardeners will also find new (or old) techniques to try. This is a book that any gardener can grasp and utilize. Check it out." - An Alameda Garden

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440557798
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
04/18/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
379,441
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Christy Wilhelmi empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd, the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes newsletters, her popular blog, and podcasts. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design and consulting. She holds regular organic gardening classes in California, and has co-taught organic gardening at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Christy has been a board member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California since 1999, and gardens almost entirely with heirloom vegetables. Between 70-80 percent of her family's produce comes from her garden of less than 200 square feet. Her writing has appeared in many publications, such as Edible Los Angeles and Edible Westside Magazines, The Good Food Blog, Low Impact Living.com and the Mar Vista Farmers' Market wrap up for Patch.com.

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