Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening
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Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening

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A lively and practical guide to organic gardening from a renowned garden expert.

Annie Spiegelman's down-to-earth wit and wisdom create the perfect primer for anyone with a passion for home-grown veggies or fresh-cut flowers, no matter what their skill level, location, or resources. Includes advice on:

•Learning to worship the worm and build a compost pile

•Landscape des...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Perigee Trade (first published 2010)
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Annie Spiegelman is a California Master Gardener and a proponent of organic gardening. I really enjoyed her tone in this book, light-hearted and witty. Much of the content is very basic introduction to the concept of organic gardening. I was pleased to find out I knew much of it already: embrace green manure crops, never underestimate the power of compost and mulch, and for goodness sake use a soaker hose. Got it! At the end of each chapter Annie also recommends a plant, giving each a whaa-whaa...more
Kristen Nolan
I LOVED this book. I admittedly know nearly nothing about gardening. Spiegelman has a delightfully casual voice and is obviously very knowledgable and enthusiastic about gardening, saying such things as, "If you can't find one, call me and I'll let you use mine." The whole book is well-organized. I was looking for tips and basics for planting my edible garden this spring/summer, but I read the entire thing (fruit tree tips, rose garden advice, etc) because every phrase is pithy, witty, and just...more
Apr 02, 2011 Brian rated it 3 of 5 stars
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While the author is entertaining, the way that the book is laid out is jumpy and quirky. Written primarily for urban readers, the book takes a pretty casual approach that makes the experience less threatening for beginning gardeners. As the title suggests, purists might take exception. Some of the science is a bit inaccurate or poetic license.
I don't know the first thing about gardening and this book is a perfect place to start. It is simple and clear, as well as entertaining. It's just what I needed to start my Gardening 101. Good as both a handy reference book to refer to as you go or as a cover to cover read.
Jun 16, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a very enjoyable read about organic gardening. Her writing style is fun yet she manages to get the information presented in a easy to digest format. This is one gardening book that you can read cover to cover.
A good all-around gardening book written in an entertaining style.

My favorite chapter was the one on dirt, or soil as the purists call it.

I would particularly recommend this book for beginners.
Motivated me to garden again. Easy to understand concepts. The result of her information is my beautiful vegetable garden this year!
If you love gardening this is a cute book full of fun anecdotes. It made me want to become a master gardener.
Dan Meier
Great book! It's great for beginners. I wish it was around when I started gardening!
Humorous, earthy approach to organic gardening...not for sissies!
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