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The Budget Gardener: Twice the Garden for Half the Price

The Budget Gardener: Twice the Garden for Half the Price

by Maureen Gilmer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A standout among books featuring lush photographs of dream gardens and elegantly landscaped estates, this guide to gardening on a shoestring will be welcomed by those with more time on their hands than money. Gilmer offers a bumper crop of low-cost and creative gardening alternatives for those with limited resources, including such angles as salvaging plants from nursery dumpsters and landscape contractors, building a cold frame ("the poor gardener's greenhouse"), foraging for free organic soil amendments (check the local high school wood shop for sawdust and wood shavings), and scouring military surplus stores for such useful items as army fatigues (they make "ideal gardening pants," according to Gilmer) and ammo boxes (for locking away toxic garden chemicals). Though some of the ideas are a bit off-the-wall (inverted champagne bottles as an edging; discarded hubcaps as hanging planters), most are practical and will delight green-thumb tightwads everywhere. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The path back to nature can be mined with many expensive gadgets. Gilmer, coauthor of Easy Lawn and Garden Care (Consumer Reports, 1994), has done a great deal of research to help gardeners save money. She does not just provide sources of free and cheap plant material and garden supplies but also shows how to make the garden cost-effective and identifies the situations when paying top dollar is worthwhile. Gilmer's ideas for budget gardening are wide-ranging. She covers the basics like soil improvement through composting and acquiring plants cheaply from gifts from others and starting seeds, but she also goes on to suggest scouring junkyards for fencing or shopping for gardening clothes at the local military surplus store. A few suggestions are of dubious value, like using creosote-soaked timbers for garden construction or buying 50-year-old gardening encyclopedias, but most of her tips will make readers think before falling for the purple prose of garden supply catalogs. For popular gardening collections.-Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.

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