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  1. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy

    This is a short book, but it is chock full of advice and information for gardeners on everything from how to read and understand a plant tag to choosing the best tools for your purposes and where to site and establish your plants where they will be happiest. It gives us some common sense rules that, if followed, will help to make us successful gardeners. The book is divided into seven chapters, starting, quite logically, with one that reveals what you need to know before you buy anything. Things This is a short book, but it is chock full of advice and information for gardeners on everything from how to read and understand a plant tag to choosing the best tools for your purposes and where to site and establish your plants where they will be happiest. It gives us some common sense rules that, if followed, will help to make us successful gardeners. The book is divided into seven chapters, starting, quite logically, with one that reveals what you need to know before you buy anything. Things like your climate zone, soil types, what purpose your garden will serve, and how much money you can spend on it. That last one, in my experience, is the toughest and the bottom line keeps getting erased and rewritten once you get into it. The writer, Jim Fox, a gardener with forty years of experience, goes on to tell us how and where to buy plants, how to judge the health of plants, how to select the best tools, how to make your plants happy by planting them in the right place, and, finally, what it takes to keep the plants growing happily. The suggestions that Fox gives seem so obvious that I found myself repeatedly slapping my forehead (metaphorically, anyway) and saying, "Why didn't I think of that?" But, in many cases, I hadn't. I'll give you just one example. Fox suggests taking a big manila envelope, writing the year on the front, and then placing all the tags of the plants that you plant that year in the envelope. If you felt the need to make it more complicated you could write the date that you planted it on the tag. But, really, what a simple and simply elegant way to organize a record of your garden. As a gardener who constantly has to wrestle with the chaos of her records, this is one idea that I plan to implement immediately! This little book is full of such ideas. I think it would be a perfect purchase or a perfect gift for a beginning gardener. It could save him/her many of the stupid mistakes which I have made over the years. But it is never too late to learn something new in the gardening game, and, although I have almost as many years' experience as Jim Fox, I learned quite a lot from his book. I'm glad it came my way. (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purposes of this review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is the best gardening book I've read this year. It is clearly written and concrete and contains all the information you need to know as a novice gardener. There are enough illustrations to clarify text, but not too many. Instead of browsing this book like you usually would a gardening book, I actually read it cover to cover. Many people recommended the Sunset Western Gardening book to me, but this was way more useful. This is the best gardening book I've read this year. It is clearly written and concrete and contains all the information you need to know as a novice gardener. There are enough illustrations to clarify text, but not too many. Instead of browsing this book like you usually would a gardening book, I actually read it cover to cover. Many people recommended the Sunset Western Gardening book to me, but this was way more useful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Staci Roberts

    Great book! A lot of information about everything gardening. I've been gardening for 10 years (not including the weeding and rock picking from childhood), this book filled in all the gaps of knowledge. Great book! A lot of information about everything gardening. I've been gardening for 10 years (not including the weeding and rock picking from childhood), this book filled in all the gaps of knowledge.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Queen

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen MacLeod

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beau

  8. 4 out of 5

    Onsetsu Evan Cordes

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather Marie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  11. 5 out of 5

    Louie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica

  13. 4 out of 5

    Treehouse

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elliot

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judi

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Retzlaff

  17. 4 out of 5

    Leesa Peterson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janine

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cerina Sea

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Rusk

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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