Down and Dirty: 43 Fun & Funky First-Time Projects & Activities to Get You Gardening
Paper, 248 pp., $30.00
“Gardening feeds the heart, mind and body, it’s an avocation, it’s a vacation.” The enthusiasm of Zachos is persuasive. The projects she describes vary from distinctly unusual — cutting a large cross on a bag filled with potting soil and growing plants in the opening — to the more usual methods of planting seeds and bulbs. The section on tools and what makes for well-designed tools is necessary reading even for the experienced gardener. There are sections on good bugs and bad bugs, scarecrows, and even a project to build a fire pit! The bright and clear photographs by Adam Mastoon illustrate various processes and add to the enjoyment in reading this book. The author’s knowledge and engaging, humorous style of writing will surely inspire even the most timid of new gardeners to try their hand at creating a beautiful environment.
— Bluma Kaplan, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden
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