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Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You

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Publisher Comments:

Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids’ play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. Forget about doing it the "right" way: Do it your way!

Review:

"Garden blogger and landscape designer Thomsen (Grocery Gardening)offers beginning gardening advice in a totally fresh way: This is a graphic guide aimed at newbie gardeners who may have cashed in their hipster chips for homeownership but haven't changed their style. The gardening basics — design, hardscape, soil, water, plant selection, care — are covered with panache. Thomsen's voice has a sassy edge ('Getting bored with all this? Why not make a chore cootie catcher?', a real object for which there are instructions), and the full-color graphics by Am I Collective simply steal the show. The book is fittingly idiosyncratic, which will profoundly challenge any readers who prefer linear thinking, chapters that treat one subject at a time, and tables of contents that help a reader find something quickly. But the book is irresistibly flip-through and a thing of beauty that will help a new school of gardeners who don't want to do it granny's way. Simple but revolutionary, it's an amusing new way to offer Gardening 101. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Landscaping Has Never Been This Fun

Don't worry about making perfect landscaping choices; find the path that suits your style and leads to a beautiful yard that couldn't be created by anyone but you! Amanda Thomsen considers all the important questions and lays out the gardening options in her witty, choose-your-own-adventure approach to designing a yard that will suit you, wow the neighborhood, and make the whole process fun.

About the Author

Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Getting to Know YOU

In the Beginning

So, Whatcha Want?

Who Are You, Anyway?

Landstalking

So, You Think You Can Plant

I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me

Right into the Danger Zone

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

These Dreams

Where's My Motivation?

You Need Help

Hire a Guy

Vive la Difference!

Born Free

The Labor Party

Help! I Need Somebody

Your Woody Friends

One, Two, Tree

Lean, Mean & Evergreen

Tree to Be You & Me

Shrubs: The Khaki Pants of the Landscape

Big, Big Trees

Happy Medium Trees

Wee Trees

Fun Games and Random Thoughts

Game Time

Bad Landscaping BINGO

Word Find

Hey, Tool

Kiss My Aster Guide to Garden Fashion

Dear Amanda

Color Me Gnome

Hobo Deck Style

Landscaping Mad Libs

Chore Cootie Catcher

Amanda's Part(y)ing Words

For Those Who Seek the Light

This Little Light of Mine

Lighting Dos and Don'ts

Sunny Day Real Estate

Light It Up

Landscape Design 101

Button Up Your Overcoat

File Under: Landscape Magic!

It's All You

Win, Lose, or Draw

Walk It Off

You Swore There Wouldn't Be Math

You Can't Always Get What You Want...

But If You Try, Sometimes You Get What You Need

Tips Galore

Design Hints

Demolition!

Rip It Up

Tear It Up

So, You're a Lawn Freak

No Dearth of Turf

Prep School

The Grass Is Always Greener

Weed Worries

Rocks for Jocks

Rock On!

Stone Dos and Don'ts

Not Your Stepping Stone

Harder to Do & Longer Lasting

Bolder Boulders

So, You're a Hippie

Can You Hear the Sustainability?

LawnTurnatives

So, You're a Control Freak

Still Life with Mulch

I Saw a Deadhead Sticker on a Cadillac

Pinch Me

Eat This

Eat It

Reasons to Grow Your Own Food

Grow What?

Herbie, Fully Loaded

For Those Who Want to Be Left Alone

Hedge Fun(d)

Antisocial Climbers

What Neighbors?

Well-Planted Woodies

To B&B or Not to B&B

Plant It Like You Mean It

The Stuff Beneath Your Feet

Dropping Acid (or Alkalinity)

Soil, Yourself

Soil-Change Operation

Compostest Is the Mostest

Sandy Handy

Worms Eat My Trash

Oh! Pretty!

Your A** Is Grass

Flowering Shrubs

Annual Means Always Having to Say Goodbye

Forever Yours, Perennials

Soak It Up

Where's My Hose?

Drainage

I Put My Root Down

Timer after Timer

Drip It Good

Less Irritation through Irrigation

Waterworld

For Those Who Shun the Sun

Kinda Shady

Desperately Seeking Shade

Nine Ways to Get Some Shade

Make It Shine!

Mow & Blow

Living on the Edge

Cut It Out

Cleanup Time

Fertilize It

Icing on the Cake

Decks in the City

Going to the Dogs

Smoke & Mirrors

More Bounce for the Ounce

Water, Water Everywhere

You've Got Problems

Breaking the Mold

What Big Teeth You Have

Spray & Pray

Aphids, Spider Mites, and Scale

All These Bugs

Weeds Happen

Weeds Happen 2

Product Details

ISBN:
9781603429863
Subtitle:
A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You
Author:
Thomsen, Amanda
Publisher:
Storey Publishing, LLC
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
HOUSE & HOME / Outdoor & Recreational Areas
Subject:
Home Construction-Outdoor Structures
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20121218
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.5 x 9.63 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Garden blogger and landscape designer Thomsen (Grocery Gardening)offers beginning gardening advice in a totally fresh way: This is a graphic guide aimed at newbie gardeners who may have cashed in their hipster chips for homeownership but haven't changed their style. The gardening basics — design, hardscape, soil, water, plant selection, care — are covered with panache. Thomsen's voice has a sassy edge ('Getting bored with all this? Why not make a chore cootie catcher?', a real object for which there are instructions), and the full-color graphics by Am I Collective simply steal the show. The book is fittingly idiosyncratic, which will profoundly challenge any readers who prefer linear thinking, chapters that treat one subject at a time, and tables of contents that help a reader find something quickly. But the book is irresistibly flip-through and a thing of beauty that will help a new school of gardeners who don't want to do it granny's way. Simple but revolutionary, it's an amusing new way to offer Gardening 101. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Landscaping Has Never Been This Fun

Don't worry about making perfect landscaping choices; find the path that suits your style and leads to a beautiful yard that couldn't be created by anyone but you! Amanda Thomsen considers all the important questions and lays out the gardening options in her witty, choose-your-own-adventure approach to designing a yard that will suit you, wow the neighborhood, and make the whole process fun.

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