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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Instructional and educational works
Boston : Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2022]
Main Author
Julia Watkins, 1976- (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
294 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Transplanting 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
  • Playing
  • Newspaper Seedling Pots
  • Seed Tape
  • Origami Seed Envelopes
  • Stepping-stones
  • Clay Garden Markers
  • Upcycled Chair Planter
  • Sack of Potatoes
  • Basket of Strawberries
  • Homemade Scarecrow
  • Bean Teepee
  • Gourd Birdhouse
  • Wildflower Seed Paper
  • Edible Flower Lollipops
  • Summer Bouquet Ice Pops
  • Hibiscus-Mint Sun Tea
  • Lilac Scones
  • Dandelion Flower Syrup
  • Sunflower House
  • Savory Herbal Biscuits
  • Botanical Shortbread Cookies
  • Herbal Soup Wreaths
  • Gardener's Hand Scrub
  • Herb and Spice Fire Starters
  • Citronella Lemon Bowl Candles
  • Plant Profiles
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Mint
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter Squash
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

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.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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.)

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