Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time & Resources as You Garden


Thanks to the very kind people at Storey Publishing, I am able to review an advance copy of a wonderful new book, "The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb" by Rhonda Massingham Hart.

So many people are beginning to garden with the hope of reducing their food budget. However, one trip to a local garden center and you may begin to wonder how gardening could ever be more economical than a trip to the grocery store. Do not despair, pick up a copy of "The Dirt Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time & Resources as you Garden".

I have always loved books written in a "tip" format. It's so easy to page through the book and pick up all sorts of great ideas. That was how I made my first trip through the book, page by page, stopping whenever I saw the helpful "Dirt Cheap" tip box. So many great ideas!

My second time through, I read every word. This easy-to-read book gives down-to-earth, common sense gardening advice. Tips include advice on watering, gardening chores, plant selection, gardening tools (what you need, and what you don't), plant propogation, soil and composting, pest and disease control, and preserving your harvest.

Learn how to make cheap or free seed-starting kits using things you already have around the house. Make really cheap pots using recycled newspapers. An inexpensive version of drip irigation can be made by burying containers such as a plastic milk jug, or learn how to water your plants with a rain barrel and a cheap gravity-flow irrigation system. These are some truly low-cost solutions to gardening needs.

This is a book you will refer to again and again. You will certainly save many times the price of this book by implementing the dirt-cheap tips. The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I highly recommend it.

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