Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You

Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You

by Amanda Thomsen

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Overview


Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that captures your unique personality. Amanda Thomsen fills this quirky book with innovative ideas, encouraging you to forget the accepted “rules” and make your own landscaping choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603429863
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,161,017
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Amanda Thomsen is the author of Backyard Adventure and Kiss My Aster as well as a mom, a Girl Scout troop leader, a garden maker, an adventure planner, and a rule breaker. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and eight-year-old daughter.
 

Table of Contents

Getting to Know YOU

In the Beginning

So, Whatcha Want?

Who Are You, Anyway?

Landstalking

So, You Think You Can Plant

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

Right into the Danger Zone

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

These Dreams

Where's My Motivation?

You Need Help

Hire a Guy

Vive la Difference!

Born Free

The Labor Party

Help! I Need Somebody

Your Woody Friends

One, Two, Tree

Lean, Mean & Evergreen

Tree to Be You & Me

Shrubs: The Khaki Pants of the Landscape

Big, Big Trees

Happy Medium Trees

Wee Trees

Fun Games and Random Thoughts

Game Time

Bad Landscaping BINGO

Word Find

Hey, Tool

Kiss My Aster Guide to Garden Fashion

Dear Amanda

Color Me Gnome

Hobo Deck Style

Landscaping Mad Libs

Chore Cootie Catcher

Amanda's Part(y)ing Words

For Those Who Seek the Light

This Little Light of Mine

Lighting Dos and Don'ts

Sunny Day Real Estate

Light It Up

Landscape Design 101

Button Up Your Overcoat

File Under: Landscape Magic!

It's All You

Win, Lose, or Draw

Walk It Off

You Swore There Wouldn't Be Math

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

But If You Try, Sometimes You Get What You Need

Tips Galore

Design Hints

Demolition!

Rip It Up

Tear It Up

So, You're a Lawn Freak

No Dearth of Turf

Prep School

The Grass Is Always Greener

Weed Worries

Rocks for Jocks

Rock On!

Stone Dos and Don'ts

Not Your Stepping Stone

Harder to Do & Longer Lasting

Bolder Boulders

So, You're a Hippie

Can You Hear the Sustainability?

LawnTurnatives

So, You're a Control Freak

Still Life with Mulch

I Saw a Deadhead Sticker on a Cadillac

Pinch Me

Eat This

Eat It

Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

Grow What?

Herbie, Fully Loaded

For Those Who Want to Be Left Alone

Hedge Fun(d)

Antisocial Climbers

What Neighbors?

Well-Planted Woodies

To B&B or Not to B&B

Plant It Like You Mean It

The Stuff Beneath Your Feet

Dropping Acid (or Alkalinity)

Soil, Yourself

Soil-Change Operation

Compostest Is the Mostest

Sandy Handy

Worms Eat My Trash

Oh! Pretty!

Your A** Is Grass

Flowering Shrubs

Annual Means Always Having to Say Goodbye

Forever Yours, Perennials

Soak It Up

Where's My Hose?

Drainage

I Put My Root Down

Timer after Timer

Drip It Good

Less Irritation through Irrigation

Waterworld

For Those Who Shun the Sun

Kinda Shady

Desperately Seeking Shade

Nine Ways to Get Some Shade

Make It Shine!

Mow & Blow

Living on the Edge

Cut It Out

Cleanup Time

Fertilize It

Icing on the Cake

Decks in the City

Going to the Dogs

Smoke & Mirrors

More Bounce for the Ounce

Water, Water Everywhere

You've Got Problems

Breaking the Mold

What Big Teeth You Have

Spray & Pray

Aphids, Spider Mites, and Scale

All These Bugs

Weeds Happen

Weeds Happen 2

What People are Saying About This

author of Why Grow That When You Can Grow This? an Andrew Keys

Amanda Thomsen is one of the most imaginative minds in the world of gardening today, and this book is an exquisite reflection of the wallpaper of that mind—quirky, intellectual, original, passionate. Looking at your yard and wondering where to start? Start right here.

Niki Jabbour

Amanda Thomsen is a quirky, badass landscape genius!This is the first time I've read a garden book (or heck, any book for that matter!) that required me to use 'jazz hands'. And I liked it.Kiss My Aster is cavity-inducing eye-candy, but it's also packed with solid information that covers all aspects of crafting a stylish, yet stainable landscape. The choose your own adventure form is easy to follow and allows the would-be gardener to change direction when new inspiration strikes or a project seem overwhelming ("call a guy!").Thanks to Amanda, I'm no longer ashamed of my love for garden gnomes and my new landscape goals include sculpting a life-sized topiary of Mr. T from boxwood. If I plant it near the veggie garden, will it keep the deer away? ("I pity the deer that tries to eat my pole beans!") . Kiss My Aster is THE new bible for anyone who wants to learn, laugh and landscape.

founder RedWhiteandGrew.com Pamela Price

Garden writing has been far too uptight for way too long. Which may explain why a lot of young homeowners steer themselves and their pricey iced coffees clear of the garden section on date night at Barnes & Noble.

Hal-o-freakin'-Lou-ya,this volume pokes stodgy ol' garden bookishness in the eye.

Amanda Thomsen brings her readers not only a irreverent, quirky, and flirty read but also a customizable, user-friendly template to build the yard of their dreams. That's right. Beneath Thomsen's witty word play—not to mention the whimsical illustrations by Am I Collective—there's a solid, pragmatic, and sensible scheme that teaches newbie gardeners how to create (and tend!) an authentic, one-of-a-kind landscape.

The 'burbs may never be the same.

Pamela Price

Garden writing has been far too uptight for way too long. Which may explain why a lot of young homeowners steer themselves and their pricey iced coffees clear of the garden section on date night at Barnes & Noble.

Hal-o-freakin'-Lou-ya,this volume pokes stodgy ol' garden bookishness in the eye.

Amanda Thomsen brings her readers not only a irreverent, quirky, and flirty read but also a customizable, user-friendly template to build the yard of their dreams. That's right. Beneath Thomsen's witty word play—not to mention the whimsical illustrations by Am I Collective—there's a solid, pragmatic, and sensible scheme that teaches newbie gardeners how to create (and tend!) an authentic, one-of-a-kind landscape.

The 'burbs may never be the same.

SnarkyVegan Julia Moran Martz

Finally, one of my favorite bloggers has put her talents to writing a landscaping book for abnormal people like me who don't want to be mistaken for the Joneses. With the help of a talking squirrel and pink unicorn, Amanda delivers snarky landscaping lessons covering everything from soil and hardscapes to avoiding restraining orders from neighbors. Chock full of advice I won't soon forget.

Julia Moran Martz

Finally, one of my favorite bloggers has put her talents to writing a landscaping book for abnormal people like me who don't want to be mistaken for the Joneses. With the help of a talking squirrel and pink unicorn, Amanda delivers snarky landscaping lessons covering everything from soil and hardscapes to avoiding restraining orders from neighbors. Chock full of advice I won't soon forget.

author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener Niki Jabbour

Amanda Thomsen is a quirky, badass landscape genius!This is the first time I've read a garden book (or heck, any book for that matter!) that required me to use 'jazz hands'. And I liked it.Kiss My Aster is cavity-inducing eye-candy, but it's also packed with solid information that covers all aspects of crafting a stylish, yet stainable landscape. The choose your own adventure form is easy to follow and allows the would-be gardener to change direction when new inspiration strikes or a project seem overwhelming ("call a guy!").Thanks to Amanda, I'm no longer ashamed of my love for garden gnomes and my new landscape goals include sculpting a life-sized topiary of Mr. T from boxwood. If I plant it near the veggie garden, will it keep the deer away? ("I pity the deer that tries to eat my pole beans!") . Kiss My Aster is THE new bible for anyone who wants to learn, laugh and landscape.

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