- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: TarcherPerigee; Auflage: Original (23. Februar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0399535659
- ISBN-13: 978-0399535659
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,8 x 19 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.148.940 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Talking Dirt: The Dirt Diva's Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Februar 2010
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"It's hard to resist a gardening book that's both chock-full of information and fun to read. It doesn't matter if you are a novice gardener or more experienced, Annie shows the way to growing and enjoying a natural, sustainable, organic garden."
-Nell Newman, cofounder and president of Newman's Own Organics
"Annie Spiegelman (aka the Dirt Diva) understands what gardening is really about: having fun . . . even when you aren't having fun! This book is laugh-out-loud useful and smart. Frankly, it's the best book on organic gardening that I've seen in 11 years (since mine came out). The Dirt Diva Royal Horticultural Society is the only gardening club I really want to be a member of."
-Maria Rodale, CEO of Rodale Inc., MariasFarmCountryKitchen.com
"Talking Dirt is wonderful-even for those who don't have a garden . . .yet."
-Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"Fun, factual, and filled with ideas. What sets Talking Dirt apart from all other organic gardening how-to guides is Anne Spiegelman. Her writing has an easy style, is easy to understand, and makes organic gardening easy to put into practice. The information is presented with personality and wit, making this book a must-have resource for the aspiring organic gardener."
-Michael C. Metallo, president of the National Gardening Association
"What Skinny Bitch did for vegetarianism Talking Dirt may do for organic gardening. Annie Spiegelman's book is the perfect primer for a generation raised on supermarket food and flowers but who are searching for something fresher and more satisfying. As comfortable among the cabbages as she is in a fashion boutique, Spiegelman succeeds in making the intricacies of gardening without toxic chemicals exciting and rewarding. With a light, swift tone and ample instruction, this is the organic gardening book for busy people."
-Brian Clark Howard, environmental journalist and web editor for The Daily Green
"Beautifully combining passion, humor, and a deep-rooted care for the planet, Spiegelman is the organic femme fatale. She understands the importance of our own backyards to build a better future, one shovelful of compost at a time. What a fantastic book."
-Helge Hellberg, executive director of Marin Organic and host of An Organic Conversation Radio Show
"Spiegelman's tone is reminiscent of the 'Samurai Shopper' column in the New York Times... entertaining and effective."
-Brian Halweil, author of Eat Here and senior researcher for World Watch Institute
"Spiegelman tells the lighthearted story of her own transformation from weekend gardener to a 'Dirt Diva.' Talking Dirt is full of tips all gardeners should take to heart to make their plot organic and nurture their plants the way nature intended."
-Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle Inc.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Raised in the asphalt jungle of New York City, with a can of Raid in her hand, Annie Spiegelman moved to the Bay Area over ten years ago and became a passionate environmentalist and Master Gardener. She is the author of two previous books on gardening (and life). ANNIE'S GARDEN JOURNAL: Some Thoughts on Roses, Life, Weeds, and Men and GROWING SEASONS: Half-baked Garden Tips, Cheap Advice on Marriage and Questionable Theories on Motherhood.
Readers can visit her website at www.dirtdiva.com
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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.