Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening

Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening

  • ISBN13: 9780399535659
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A lively and practical guide to organic gardening from a renowned garden expert.

Annie Spiegelman’s down-to-earth wit and wisdom create the perfect primer for anyone with a passion for home-grown veggies or fresh-cut flowers, no matter what their skill level, location, or resources. Includes advice on:

•Learning to worship the worm and build a compost pile

•Landscape designs-start small in order to create a basic plan for a plot

•The secret to healthy s

Rating: (out of 4 reviews)

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  1. A. Chandler says:

    Review by A. Chandler for Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening
    I am in a major gardening and landscaping obsession right now as my reviews and purchases note. Consequently, my reading is consisting almost entirely of books on the subject.

    Most books, however, are geared towards the writer’s personal style, interests, or region. I was so impressed that this book was uber thorough in capturing it ALL. What I mean by this is that our front yard is very formal and traditional, yet our backyard is ALL native plants to our region, some xeriscaping, waterfall, organic veggie garden and only native groundcovers as opposed to grass in “grassy” areas. Yes, we have covered it all. And so did she. This takes the reader from garden design, to composting, to compost tea (your plants will love it), to laying out a vegetable garden, to really, really super gardening tips, to formal and traditional gardening to worm beds to weeds to proper pruning to zen gardens.

    zzzzz. That sounds so boring. Expecially to anyone not yet INTO gardening. And that’s the best pard. This book is funny and entertaining. NOT boring.In fact, I typically go through gardening books looking for info on what I’m focusing on at the time, but this is one of the very, very few that I actually read cover-to-cover and word-for-word. I lost the book for 3 weeks (had it in a bag in my pantry, I still don’t know why…) and I actually felt like I had misplaced an action novel in the midst of coming to the climax of its plot. That sounds crazy to say about a gardening book…but the style is highly unusual, full of upbeat and “real” wit and wisdom and, most importantly, I learned a tremendous amount in spite of already thinking I had mastered the art.

    I’ll be honest, I opened the book and didn’t expect to be “wowed”. I am a visual person and it contained no pictures. (It does have drawings of various plant species) I am extremely visual in learning. So I went in with a negative mindset. …Until I began reading. That says a lot.

    Honestly, I think if I had to pick one book to hand to friends who want to learn the art of gardening, whether just a small container or herb garden on a balcony, to a massive spread like we took on at our own home, I think this would be the book I’d hand off and suggest. It’s fun and funny to read, (imagine if Erma Bombeck told you how to garden…somehow I retain more when it’s done in that tone, maybe because I enjoy reading it more that way.) but contains almost 300 pages of a ton of information that is really important stuff. It’s obvious she’s done this awhile.

    Like me, she has found the art of gardening that actually requires no need for synthetic fertilizers and petrochemicals due to “feeding the soil instead of feeding the plant” and, consequently, (if only feeding the plant with chemicals) killing the good microorganisms in the soil which inevitably make gardening harder. Yeah, she “gets it”. It took me a long time to learn this. She breaks it down so it doesn’t. In fact, she passes on wisdom that makes your garden WAY less work and WAY more productive. Impressed. Organic gardening, in the end, makes your garden work for you even when you sleep, rather than you constantly working to keep it alive…if you do it right.

    I’d give it more stars if I could. VERY helpful to us. In fact, we used her exact layout of a vegetable garden diagram for our organic veggies.

  2. Gwyneth Horderpayton says:

    Review by Gwyneth Horderpayton for Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening
    Talking Dirt is the perfect gardening book for the beginner or amateur gardener. It is entirely approachable, inviting, downright edible. And you feel really good and wholesome after consuming it. It is stuffed with practical tips, facts that are both ethically and practically relevant, and personable insights on how to make the creation of a perfect ecological garden in your own backyard really fun. The book is just the kind that will end up stained and dog eared, for years floating around the kitchen, the garden, the tool shed. The young kids growing up with this book will perhaps go off to some urban college, make their way in an urban landscape for years, then one day in their forties, they will spot this filthy book in the corner of someone’s house in the suburbs. They will exclaim, ‘oh my God, I remember this book!’, then curl up and consume it, dreaming of one day making their own garden wherever they have a little bit of dirt.

  3. Willa M. says:

    Review by Willa M. for Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening
    I have been making sad attempts at organic gardening for years, and I have used many resources (books, websites, magazines, etc.) and after reading just HALF of this great book, I am convinced it’s the best I have come across. The author’s informative and funny style makes for an enjoyable AND practical read. There is some great information about urban gardening, container gardens and small plots as well as the more traditional gardening tips. I have more ideas now and I am more confident about my chances of success for this summer’s garden. I plan on getting copies for all my gardening friends!

  4. a mom says:

    Review by a mom for Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening
    What perfect timing to be ready for Spring planting! Spiegelman makes its easy enough for a novice like me.

    This book is so informative and easy to understand. I highly recommend it.

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