Gardening for everyone Growing vegetables, herbs, and more at home

Julia Watkins, 1976-

Book - 2022

"A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably--from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projects." --

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Subjects
Genres
Instructional and educational works
Published
Boston : Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2022]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
294 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780358651901
0358651905
Main Author
Julia Watkins, 1976- (author)
  • How to use this book
  • Planning: Assessing your space and choosing a location ; Growing in small spaces ; Choosing a gardening method ; Selecting materials for raised beds ; Choosing the right containers ; Understanding soil ; Getting to know plants ; What to grow ; When to plant ; How to plant ; Putting your plan on paper ; Keeping a garden journal
  • Building: Building a framed raised bed garden ; Creating a no-dig raised bed garden ; Preparing containers for a container garden ; Creating an indoor kitchen garden
  • Planting: Starting with seeds or seedlings ; Transparent seedlings ; Direct-sowing seeds
  • Tending: Helpful tools ; Watering ; Weeding ; Feeding ; Supporting ; Pruning ; Hand-pollinating ; Preventing and managing pests ; Welcoming beneficial insects ; Attracting beneficial organisms ; Pest control methods ; Common pests and solutions ; Preventing and managing disease ; Extending the growing season
  • Harvesting: Harvesting tips ; Storing produce ; Preserving herbs ; Saving seeds ; Tips for saving seeds ; Preparing the garden for winter.
Review by Booklist Reviews

There are many factors to consider when starting or updating a garden, and even experienced gardeners appreciate a guide that covers a wide range of possibilities and options as Watkins (Simply Living Well, 2020) offers here. Designed for home growers in North America, this manual draws on the author's personal knowledge and conventional wisdom (sadly, a list of references is not provided) and covers the basics of gardening from a Western-culture perspective. Using pros and cons to compare various options, concise information is provided while leaving decisions about what's best to each individual gardener. Instagram-worthy color photographs illustrate the broad concepts covered in each section. In addition to details related to space planning, selecting plants, building garden beds, planting, attending to one's plants, and harvesting, 24 craft projects and recipes are followed by more than three dozen short profiles of plants the author recommends. Though prone to waxing nostalgic for the past, Watkins clearly conveys her passion for growing things and sharing what she knows with others. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Simply Living Well blogger Watkins delivers a dandy primer on "planning, building, planting, tending, and harvesting an organic kitchen garden." Organizing her advice into those steps, Watkins begins with "planning," in which she recommends observing one's space as well as the climate and access to sunlight in order to choose the best plot, and offers suggestions for small spaces, such as growing vertically. "Building" provides plans for raised bed gardens, no-dig raised gardens, and an indoor kitchen garden; "planting" covers methods of sowing; "tending" digs into watering, weeding, pruning, and pest-control ("Try to start with the simplest and least harmful methods and then work your way to more complicated treatments"); and "harvesting" is a guide to preserving and storing produce. A final section, "playing," is a collection of projects and recipes, such as an upcycled chair planter and savory herbal biscuits. Though the endeavor is encyclopedic in its level of information—down to an alphabetical list of plant profiles—readers will appreciate Watkins's ability to keep things light and straightforward: "Grow what you like to eat," she advises, and "keep it simple." Jam-packed with beautiful colorful photographs and helpful tips, this is just right for aspiring eco-friendly gardeners. (Mar.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An author and sustainability expert shares how to grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs in your own backyard, providing detailed information on creating and caring for your garden including planning, building, planting, tending and harvesting. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An author and sustainability expert shares how to grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in a backyard garden, providing detailed information on creating and caring for a garden including planning, building, planting, tending, and harvesting.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably—from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projectsGrowing food in your backyard (or even on a porch or windowsill!) is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to nourish yourself, be self-sufficient, and connect with nature in a hands-on way. Here sustainability expert Julia Watkins shares everything you need to know to grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs (as well as wildflowers and other beneficial companion plants). The book covers all the nuts and bolts of creating and caring for your garden—planning, building, planting, tending, and harvesting—followed by a deeper dive into the plants themselves: demystifying annuals vs. perennials, cold-weather vs. warm-weather veggies, and profiles of favorite crops. Throughout, Julia offers tips for creating an eco-friendly and sustainable garden (such as vermicomposting, no-till “lasagna” gardening, and attracting pollinators), plus some fun and unexpected hands-on projects like how to build a bean teepee, make wildflower seed paper, and enjoy refreshing herbal lemonade ice pops.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably—from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projects

Growing food in your backyard (or even on a porch or windowsill!) is one of the simplest and most rewarding ways to nourish yourself, be self-sufficient, and connect with nature in a hands-on way. Here sustainability expert Julia Watkins shares everything you need to know to grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs (as well as wildflowers and other beneficial companion plants). The book covers all the nuts and bolts of creating and caring for your garden—planning, building, planting, tending, and harvesting—followed by a deeper dive into the plants themselves: demystifying annuals vs. perennials, cold-weather vs. warm-weather veggies, and profiles of favorite crops. Throughout, Julia offers tips for creating an eco-friendly and sustainable garden (such as vermicomposting, no-till “lasagna” gardening, and attracting pollinators), plus some fun and unexpected hands-on projects like how to build a bean teepee, make wildflower seed paper, and enjoy refreshing herbal lemonade ice pops.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A guide to creating and growing a backyard garden simply and sustainably—from planning to planting to harvest, with profiles of essential vegetables and herbs, ecological tips, and fun and creative projects