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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 d
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ebook, 304 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Perigee Books
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Laurie
Mar 16, 2012 Laurie rated it liked it
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A kind of breezy overview that covers a huge variety of topics. I especially liked the plant recommendations at the end of each chapter.
Kai
Aug 22, 2013 Kai added it
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I'd assumed from the title that this book would talk about dirt. It did to some extent, but this already slim volume spent many many more of its page talking about basic gardening techniques - the what, when, where of planting. It's probably useful for the beginning gardener, but I would have loved a little more indepth description and understanding of that dirt, and the millions of microbes it contains and the many functions it performs.
Cynthia
Aug 29, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Great guidebook and resource for gardening. It's so much more readable than the Sunset or Western Gardening books. I wish it was longer though and offered more site specific ideas. I know the author is in SF so I wanted to know about her winters and vegetables. I think it is a little too broad, but still enjoyed it.
Amber
Dec 10, 2010 Amber marked it as to-read
Really enjoying this so far. I can't wait to get back home to Okinawa so I can start my own garden! It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time now. So far, this book is very informative, and has given me a great bit of knowledge about starting an organic garden.
Deidre
Apr 26, 2011 Deidre rated it really liked it
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A gardening how to book with snark, what's not to love! She reccommends weeding with an Ipod, add cocktails and you have a recipe for success! Especially loved the sections on organic pest remedies, compost, tons of seed company & supply resources, took copious notes!
Carrie
Jan 27, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent resource for conscientious beginner gardeners. In addition to a wide variety of information that span a range of topics, Spiegelman uses humor and real talk about her tips. I'm rereading it and use it as a reference each year.
Kim
Apr 08, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
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I love the way Annie writes (even going so far as telling us to not call her when something goes wrong!). Lots of information for the beginner that isn't too overwhelming.
Joe Wood
Dec 20, 2010 Joe Wood rated it it was amazing
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A fun book about organic gardening with information and stories shared in a humorous and memorable way.
Mike
Sep 13, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Not a bad overview of gardening for the beginner, or a refresher for those who need one.
Kim Brunskill
Dec 20, 2010 Kim Brunskill rated it it was amazing
witty, well-written, and incredibly helpful!
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