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The frugal gardener : how to have more garden for less money
Erler, Catriona Tudor, 1950-
Publication Information:
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press ; [New York] : Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
vii, 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Central Library SB453 .E689 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Hamburg Library SB453 .E689 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenilworth Library SB453 .E689 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library SB453 .E689 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library SB453 .E689 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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With warmth, wit, and detail, garden guru Catriona Tudor Erler teaches you which tools you need for essential garden jobs, how to help hoses find the "fountain of youth", whether to repair, replace or rent equipment, and hundreds more thrifty lessons. "What Will You Save?" and "25 Smart Shopping Tips" sidebars put frugal facts right at readers' green thumbs. Whether you are planting a perennial border or pumpkin patch, this resource will help you spend little and grow a lot!

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Booklist Review

Imagine nearly 300 pages of advice on how to get more produce and flowers while spending less! There are tips on buying healthy plants (or trade plants and seeds with fellow gardeners); on choosing the right tools, organic fertilizers, herbs, water-thrifty flowers, fast-spreading shrubs and ground cover, and bulbs; and on how to get free mulch and compost. Erler tells readers what plants sow themselves and how to repair broken utensil handles. There's a chapter on low-maintenance gardening, designing a garden, and cost-conscious projects such as a pergola, trellises, arbors, planters, window boxes, and a potting bench--all for the do-it-yourselfers. Color illustrations complement the informative text. --George Cohen

Publisher's Weekly Review

With the healthy skepticism of a practiced penny pincher, Erler (The Garden Problem Solver) examines just about every conceivable aspect of gardening and shows readers how to achieve beautiful, bountiful results on a budget. Erler offers a host of suggestions and technique, from finding top-quality tools at bargain-basement prices (garage sales are a good source) to using found objects for garden art (try driftwood as sculpture), propagating plants from cuttings, creating a water-wise landscape and making homemade pesticides. The Virginia gardener's emphasis is on creativity and practicality, but Erler's down-to-earth ideas don't sacrifice styleÄin fact, she makes such a persuasive case for using "your ingenuity instead of your wallet" that even green thumbs with deep pockets may adopt her methods. Packaged in a reader-friendly format, the information is grouped logically, with separate chapters on such topics as tools, plants, soil amendment and design. The pages are peppered with recurring sidebars: "The Frugal Gardener's Workshop," for example, offers how-to instructions for creating a Victorian gazing globe from an inverted fishbowl and a can of metallic spray paint. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gardening can be an addictive, expensive hobby, so a book like this one is always welcome. It will be appreciated by those gardening on a budget as well as those who simply enjoy the thrill of bargain hunting or the challenge of creative recycling. Erler, a gardening columnist and author of The Garden Problem Solver, organizes her ideas in logical sections on plants, tools, maintenance, and design, making it easy to browse for inspiration. The tips are a blend of quick fixes offering instant gratification and longer projects to plan and dream about during the winter (including a clever homemade pergola made of painted PVC pipe). For beginners, basics on wise tool and plant selection are useful. Erler includes more illustrations than Maureen Gilmer does in The Budget Gardener: Twice the Garden for Half the Price (LJ 2/1/96), making this a good purchase for all public libraries.ÄBonnie Poquette, Shorewood P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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