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The Thrifty Gardener: How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Forget makeover culture, forget the garden centre and all your gardening preconceptions, this is a witty, wise and practical take on how to create a stylish garden. The Thrifty Gardener is about creating the garden of your dreams, regardless of resources or limited space. It will eliminate the intimidation factor and reveal the ins-and-outs of soil, seeds, sowing and growi ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 25th 2008 by Kyle Cathie Ltd
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Meconopsis Lingholm
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this book is MUCH better than the title or dust jacket indicate. I wish I'd read it first when I very first started planting things. author is a bit opinionated (cf page 27 re: hyacinths: "cheap mixed pack are for the brave as you'll get lots of very garish pinks and purples as well as blues. more restrained gardeners should only go for white or blue cultivars" well! I prefer t&m's black cultivar, where does that put me on the brave/restraint chart??) but otherwise the photography is excellent a ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kitchen-garden
I picked this book up in a bargain bookstore and have been really pleased with my thrifty purchase. In some ways the book covers rather a mish mash of topics but it's all useful stuff. As a gardening novice I've found the photo-filled section on pruning and propogating very useful. There's a good amount in here about growing edibles which is my gardening priority and the fun 'grocery-store gardening' covers ingenious ways to convert your dinner into foliage (for example planting chickpeas).

Chris S
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ref
Purchased purely because I thought the woman on the cover looked attractive. Reading the book I realised I knew absolutely nothing about gardening. Now I know a lot. (By the way, the woman on the front cover is the author - Alys Fowler - and yes, she's hot!). ...more
Joel LeBlanc
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Best "how-to" garden book I have ever found. ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good, non-intimidating and well written (not over wordy or trying to be too clever) book on gardening. Gardening for everyone, whether you live in a mansion with matching grounds, a flat with a sunny windowsill, a house with just a concrete yard out back - whatever your circumstances you can do something, and you don't have to spend a fortune. There are tips and projects in here for building your own planters, composters, wormeries, cold frames... and tips on watering, how to keep the bit ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great for beginning gardeners and also has some excellent tips that were new to me after many years of gardening obsession.
Zoe East
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some really useful tips for both outdoor and indoor plants and great ideas for starting out.
joanne jasper
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very practical approach to gardening for those who want both a beautiful and productive garden and aren't sure where to start. Particularly useful for people with modest urban gardens. ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book with a good balance of the romantic and practical. Has made me excited to really get my garden into shape for next year and has given me some top tips as well.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm admittedly in the middle of a gardening book feeding frenzy (my husband thinks it's an addiction) and this was a really refreshing read. There's nothing wrong with the older, traditional gardening tomes (I treasure those too) but I can't deny that it was good to hear a fresher tone and a more direct approach.
There's no showing off or blinding with horticultural science here - not to say the latter is lacking, only that Alys Fowler obviously doesn't feel the need to prove anything. There's a
Tracey King
This is an entreating book that explores a cheep way of maintaining your garden. I have learnt a lot about keeping my composter healthy and more affective. This book has also helped me feed my wormery. which is great fun to have in the garden for children but if you are screamish about worms and goo it is not one for you.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of changing the way they garden. My garden is showing the benefits already.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ein schönes ein anderes Gartenbuch, mehr Gelassenheit, mehr Experimentierfreude. Der Leitsatz: Garten ist das was du daraus machst.
Die Bilder sind ansprechend und die Tipps sind gut - vielleicht nicht für den Gartenprofi aber für den Möchtegern-Balkongärtner und mehr.
Marianne Hansen
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love the concept of this book, but you have to live in a warm climate to really benefit from the tips and tricks it provides.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction
Praktisch en handig boek
Amy Durrant
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and inspiring, I still dip back into it regularly for ideas and advice on my plants and garden.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun book - read the Swedish translation (what was in the library!) and would quite like to own it in English too !
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Practical and informative. But not quite what I needed.....
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great insight into gardening for a beginner, I am looking forward to testing it out! Also love some of the upcycling and recycling ideas in this book!
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Alys Fowler is a gardener who loves food. She has an allotment and an urban back garden with two chickens, lots of flowers and plenty of vegetables. She is author of several books and writes a weekly column on gardening for the Guardian.

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