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it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Garden Alchemy is a hands-on guide for do-it-yourself gardeners who want to turn their garden into gold using natural recipes and herbal concoctions (while saving both time and money!).

This gardening recipe and project book is packed with over 80 ideas to naturally beautify your garden, using organic methods that regenerate your soil and revitalize your plants. By
Paperback, 128 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Cool Springs Press
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Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
GARDEN ALCHEMY by Stephanie Rose is a well-written guide for amateur gardeners who want to improve their results using natural recipes and herbal solutions. The book starts with information on understanding your garden soil as well as information on mulches. The chapter that I was most interested in was chapter two. This chapter deals with propagation. Other chapters cover composting, fertilizers, encouraging beneficial insects and deterring pests.

The book includes easy to follow recipes and
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book was exactly what I was looking for! I loved all the tips on making your own potting soil and organic pest deterrents. I am going to do the simple soil PH test this week. The photos are gorgeous too! This is one gardening reference I will refer to again and again!
Alicia Bayer
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. As an avid gardener and staunch environmentalist, I'm often conflicted by garden books that recommend non-sustainable materials like peat and harmful products like chemical-based pesticides and herbicides. I love that Rose offers all kinds of homemade garden solutions while also giving renewable alternatives to peat and gives fantastic garden recipes that don't sacrifice nature in the bargain. She gives all kinds of great recipes for everything from natural ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you don't have a gardening group, or friends or family with a green thumb and need some help in that area, then this book might help. It focuses on natural cures for garden problems without chemical intervention, how to correctly use fertilizer and compost, and how to make recipes for garden related things like bird seed. It does have a kind of secret alchemy charm in the way it presents information, and any complex scientific explanations are broken down in easy to understand terms. I like ...more
Randal White
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great, quick read! Chock full of interesting formulas to help your plants grow. Even though it is only December, I am looking forward to putting many of these ideas into practice this spring. No more buying pre-made seed starting mix, pre-made fertilizers, or pre-made plant disease treatments. Thanks to this book, I will be saving loads of money, plus have the enjoyment of doing it myself!
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Quart Publishing Group- Cool Springs Press for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

I gleaned so much gardening knowledge from this book! I'd highly recommend it for any gardener's library from novice to expert and anyone just looking for a leisurely book about starting and maintaining a garden.

I am more of a beginner to intermediate gardener myself and I'm always wanting to gain more
Rachel Dial
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Garden Alchemy by Stephanie Rose is a book that should be in every gardeners hands. This book is full of valuable information to help any type of gardener produce better soil and harvest. This book teaches you how to make soil tests, potting soil, rooting hormone, seed tape, how to make growth enhancing sprays, tips for encouraging beneficial wildlife and so much more! As a beginner gardener I have learned so much from this book. This book is filled with beautiful pictures, recipes, ingredient ...more
Jess Macallan
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite gardening books to date! The pictures and format are beautifully done and have a whimsical quality. The recipes will please gardeners of all skill levels, and the information is presented in an easy-to-follow format. I appreciate how accessible the recipes are-- no expensive equipment or training needed. The charts are helpful and concise. Readers will learn more about their soil and plenty of ways to improve it. I bookmarked most of the garden teas, and can't wait to ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book as a gift for any green fingered friends or family. A very informative book and some great tips including making your own mulch, how to test soil and how to make seed bombs. I really liked the high contrast photos which made all the greenery and flowers pop.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMGoodness!!!! This book has so inspired me! From the moment I opened it, I was excited. Lots of colorful pictures. The promise of a beautiful bright garden! The joy of being in total control of my garden!! The subtitle of this book is "80 Recipes and Concoctions for Organic Fertilizers, Plant Elixirs, Potting Mixes, Pest Deterrents, and More." I cannot tell you how excited I was just after reading the the front and back covers of this book. And then, I opened it, and...WOW! I have been ...more
Marie-Helene Fasquel
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Garden Alchemy is a most beautiful book with magnificent pictures and a marvellous cover. It is perfect in size (only 130 pages). This book is so useful to me as I have a second home with lots of land.
The contents are easy to understand. It is highly practical and comprehensive (soils, propagation, fertilizers, birds, bees and bugs, as well as additional resources). It is a must-have if you are interested in organic gardening and nature.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters about birds, bees and
Suzanne Griffin
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent reference book for new and experienced gardeners.
It's easy to follow with beautiful pictures and diagrams to assist with the delivery of the information. A must for anyone wanting to be a bit more self sufficient and gain the most from their garden.
Reading this in December makes me look forward to spring and being able to put into practice all the knowledge and advise which I shall be sharing with others. Fingers crossed for a bountiful harvest and a few family members may be getting
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Garden Alchemy is a tutorial and reference for testing/building/supporting a healthy garden and soil. Due out 18th Feb 2020 from Quarto on their Cool Springs Press imprint, it's 128 pages and will be available in paperback format.

This is a book with an upbeat and whimsical vibe which is also firmly rooted in fact based horticultural practice, The author has an inviting and conversational writing style and I found the reading both engaging and
Paula McFarlin
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the cover art first and foremost. The title is right up my aesthetic. The introduction has a cute little tale that I'd love to have been there for. It could be an amazing novel on its own. I read this book with my mom in a day and she forced us to do some of the tests explained in the book. We started out doing the soil composition test in the mason jar (wow we have a lot of clay) and seemed to do every one that followed. The flow charts and infographics were very easy to interpret and ...more
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Stephanie Rose is an award-winning author, freelance writer, instructor, and international speaker who aims to encourage healing and wellness through gardening. For over ten years she has been both a student and teacher of organic gardening, permaculture design, herbalism, and natural skin care formulation. Stephanie is a member of Garden Communicators International, the Permaculture Institute of ...more