A lively and practical guide to organic gardening from a rewned 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, 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 soil (the only way to have a healthy garden) -Irrigation systems and strategies to conserve water -Proper pruning-from roses to trees -How to combine vegetables to make them thrive -How to let your garden go native and become drought tolerant -Edible landscaping and gardening in small spaces Talking Dirt is a one-stop handbook that features resources for shopping, learning, and promoting environmentally sound garden practices within local communities.
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