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From the Ground Up by Amy  Stewart
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Jan 17, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: amy-stewart, garden-writing

I read this book after I had already read 'Wicked Plants' and 'Flower Confidential'. It's Amy Stewart's first book and while it was very good, there are definately places where you can tell that it's a first effort.

Stewart is no Pollan when it comes to her garden. She is much more lacksidasical about things, sometimes her prose about 'letting the garden find it's own way' and how the'plants and seeds speak to me' can get a bit New Age-y and that can honestly get a bit annoying. However, it is still a very enjoyable book with humor and wit throughout. You get to watch a first time gardener make mistakes, sometimes huge ones, sometimes just tiny things. She learns from her mistakes though and eventually as she moves away from her address in Santa Cruz for Eureka... you envy the person who moves in next... and what a garden they must have inherited... free of charge.

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