Synopses & Reviews
Create the landscape of your dreams -- from just a dirt-cheap investment!
Producing a beautuful yard and a bountiful garden doesn't have to cost a fortune. Gardners really can "have it all," says Master Gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart, and they really can get something for nothing. In Dirt-Cheap Gardening, Hart shares years of practical experience and imaginative, time-tested ideas for saving money and cutting costs.
Dirt-Cheap Gardening offers a wealth of tips, tricks, and hints on how to:
-- Reuse and recycle to save in the yard and garden
-- Identify and acquire useful tools
-- Avoid tools that are useless "toys"
-- Institute low-cost ways of assuring healthy plants
-- Buy, save, and start seeds
-- Obtain plants for free -- or at least as best buys
-- Find money-saving plant varieties
-- Create inexpensive garden accents and accessories
-- Evaluate which plants make a better investment than others
Includes bibliographical refereneces (p. 157-160).
About the Author
Master Gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart is the author of Dirt Cheap Green Thumb, Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, Squirrel Proofing Your Home & Garden, North Coast Roses, and Trellising. Rhonda has written articles for a variety of magazines, including Flower & Garden, Woman"s Day Better Living, and Fine Gardening magazines. Her desire to deer- and squirrel-proof comes from her mutual respect for people and animals and from a desire to incorporate wildlife into our yards and lives. She has lectured extensively on pest proofing and organic gardening techniques and taught continuing adult education classes at her local community college.
Table of Contents
The Dirt on Cheap Gardening
1: The Absolutes
2: Tools and Toys
3: Priceless Plants
4: Winning Varieties
5: Save From the Start
6: Plant Wellness Pays
7: Cheap Skills
8: Landscape For Less
9: Longer Life for Your Plant Dollars
10: Reap Bountiful Harvests
A: Comparative Table of Vegetable Production Rates
B: High-Productivity Fruit Varieties
C: Free (Or At Least Cheap) Stuff for Gardeners
D: Recommended Reading List