The Budget Gardener: Twice the Garden for Half the Price

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For those who love gardening--but don't want to go broke getting their garden to bloom--Gilmer offers tested tips and ingenious alternatives to expensive procedures which will be appreciated by both beginners and experienced gardeners. Charts, drawings, & quick-tip sidebars.

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If you love gardening, but don't want to spend all your savings on keeping the geraniums blooming, this is the book for you. It will tell you everything you need to know about gardening and landscaping beautifully on the cheap. Maureen Gilmer shares tips from her many years in the gardening industry, including: how to find or create otherwise expensive soil-improvement materials; where to buy plants; planning your landscaping to keep your water and home energy bills down. A must-read for penny-pinching petunia lovers.

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The path back to nature can be mined with many expensive gadgets. Gilmer, coauthor of Easy Lawn and Garden Care (Consumer Reports, 1994), has done a great deal of research to help gardeners save money. She does not just provide sources of free and cheap plant material and garden supplies but also shows how to make the garden cost-effective and identifies the situations when paying top dollar is worthwhile. Gilmer's ideas for budget gardening are wide-ranging. She covers the basics like soil improvement through composting and acquiring plants cheaply from gifts from others and starting seeds, but she also goes on to suggest scouring junkyards for fencing or shopping for gardening clothes at the local military surplus store. A few suggestions are of dubious value, like using creosote-soaked timbers for garden construction or buying 50-year-old gardening encyclopedias, but most of her tips will make readers think before falling for the purple prose of garden supply catalogs. For popular gardening collections.?Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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