Posted on 11 December 2009 by

Review: The 20 Minute Gardener

the-20-minute-gardnerBy Vanessa Richins

I’ve always enjoyed spending time in the garden.

I listen to my iPod and work the hours away ripping out weeds, watching insects and animals, and just enjoying the beauty around me.

However, often life interferes.

You can find that between work, family, volunteering, church and a host of other activities, time just flies by. One morning you wake up and notice how many weeds have popped up in the garden.

As a potential urban gardener, you might also think that you wouldn’t be able to do as much gardening as you like because of a busy schedule.

A friend lent me his copy of The 20-Minute Vegetable Gardener: Gourmet Gardening for the Rest of Us, by Tom Christopher and Marty Asher. This book proposes to teach you how to have, as the cover proclaims, “the garden of your dreams, without giving up your life, your job, or your sanity.”

Tom Christopher is a professional horticulturist who spent time learning at the New York Botanical Garden. Marty is described as a “nongardener” extraordinaire. The combination works well to offer a wealth of gardening advice without it being overwhelming.

You’ll find tips on their favorite plants and tools. Hints for finding someone to do the work, if you so desire. Story upon story of how they make their gardens run more efficiently.

Each chapter features some 20 minute projects like window boxes, guerrilla gardening, rooting roses, seed mats and more.

I found the book to be full of wit and humor, as well as some great information on streamlining your garden work. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Have you read the 20 Minute Gardener?

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