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“Learn how to spend fewer hours and less money on revamping the garden.” —The English Garden
 
The prospect of revamping your yard can be daunting. Where do you start? How do all the areas come together in a beautiful, cohesive way? In The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden, Sally Roth simplifies the process by showing you how to spend fewer hours (and a minimal amount
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 8th 2017 by Timber Press
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Victoria
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Breezy and encouraging. Lots of photos and inspiration. The "Gardener's Secret" section was especially helpful.
Leyla Johnson
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a colourful well planned garden, unfortunately these days it is mostly about paving and grass where I live. I guess people don't know how to make a garden.
This book covers a lot of ground in a simple yet informative way. It does not baffle one with horticultural terms, but has plenty of photos, diagrams and tips. The information is written in a sequence looking at homes and how to design areas. I really like this book - I should have read this before I started buying and planting the wron
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Lisa
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok maybe I had the wrong idea on what this book was all about. I thought that this was going to be more about an example of different gardens and how to plant them and what works in different situations. This for me was hard to get to where i needed to be. I thought that this was going to be gardening like veggie gardening, among other things, this had too many words. I know that sounds bad...it's the truth for me.
Odessa Cooley
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was well written, had lovely photos and is a great resource to any beginner gardener. Love!
Received from Netgalley for review.
Cindy
Dec 06, 2016 added it
A very well laid out book. I liked the way the author described the plants and their purpose in the garden. The map of the landscape at the end of each chapter was very helpful.
Henry Louis
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I try to figure out how to turn our plain lawn into something more interesting, this is probably the single most helpful book that I've read.

To be sure, its philosophy and aesthetic is not exactly what I am after. I am trying to do all natives with an eye to insect/wildlife friendliness. Neither of these is a priority for this book, which is mainly about easy rules for creating pretty, low maintenance gardens.

But I've easily found plenty of information online about what natives are most usefu
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Karen
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from the library during the middling of March, when spring seems so close and yet remains so stubbornly far away. I'd taken out dozens of books and magazines over the winter season, dreaming of warmer whether and ways I could totally transform my acre plot. Roth's book was by far the biggest help.

There's something incredibly reassuring about someone giving such precise directions. Is precise the right word? Probably not. But Roth's ability to break down the various components of
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Jenny K
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gardening, nonfiction
The title of this book is misleading. There are not 326 projects laid out that you could tackle one at a time to beautify your yard. Also lots of the pictures are terrible quality and don’t give me great confidence in the authors skill at gardening. Worst of all, the author promotes yucca as a good option for including in your gardens! Yuck! Once planted, never gotten rid of.
It does have a few redeeming points though. There are several sketches of plans for specific project gardens that are well
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Michelle
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this - I really like her philosophy of starting small beds around the corners of your property and expanding as you get the cash. There are good example beds and lots of ideas for plants. The reason I gave it fours stars is that she is pretty cavalier about hardiness zones and not planning for sun exposure: ‘you can just move the plants if they don’t do well’ This is probably the most challenging thing that I’ve learned as a beginning gardener, and has cost me the most cash. She also d ...more
Barb Anders
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oh this was such a nice book to look at and read...I don't consider myself a beginner gardener but am by no means an expert either. This book was perfect in every way....gave lots of ideas on how to create garden spaces and neat pictures and diagrams and also talked about different kinds of plants strengths and weaknesses. I also liked how it gave so many helpful hints and suggestions on options for gardening and ways to save money and make your outdoor spaces beauteous. I would highly recommend ...more
Renee
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
By far the best gardening book I've ever laid my hands on. The projects are actually doable, by normal people with normal budgets and normal lives and normal yards. Full of tips and simple, easy to follow directions on how our grandparents and their grandparents did things--simple, easy peasy, it's-not-rocket-science gardening. Just advice on how to maximize your space, budget, fun and the things and plants you already have on hand. Sally Roth where have you been all my life!?!?!??!!!? ❤️🌾🌻
Plum
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book to give you the impetus to look at your outdoor space and just get started with it. It gives you the starting point, and the drive. It does not give you in-depth charts and planting guides, as such, but plenty of inspiration.
Cynthia
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was an informative read for a beginning gardener or if you’re an experienced gardener planning new beds. Many good tips about saving money.
Alison
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went through a whole stack of gardening books from the library, and this is the only one I read cover to cover. Helpful, approachable, and attractive.
Kim
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I will be referring to this often as I begin to work on transforming my yard. Great ideas!
PWRL
Aug 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
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Alaina
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gardening
Ok. The best part was the small section about propagation.
Katy
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Good recommendations and I used advice to start my first shade garden!
Christy
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Good ideas in this book. Gardens pictured are not amazing though and often the same garden from different angles throughout the book.
Carly
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
The photos were delightful and the writing easy to understand. The problem for me is I felt I needed a working knowledge of plants to really understand this. There were a lot of gardening terms I had never heard before, and she would just throw in a list of plant names that just confused me. I also felt the vast majority of example pictures were from a desert-y climate which made it difficult to translate to me New England home. I’m sure this book works for many people but it just didn’t work fo ...more
Candy
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: house-and-yard
I love Sally Roth. I have worn out my copy of her "Bird Feeders Bible". I loved seeing pictures of her as an older lady, as I am one, too!
We are building a house on a sloping lot, so I was particularly interested in her section on gardening on a hill. She is so practical.
I think what I like best about this book is that she shows pictures of unremarkable, typical plants found in subdivision neighborhoods, and she tells us why the gardens work. She lays out easy principles and shows gardens that u
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Sally Roth is an award-winning author of 20 or so popular books about birds, nature, and gardening, including the best-selling "Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible," and a contributing editor for "Birds & Blooms" magazine.

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