Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden

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Advice for working with Mother Nature to win in your garden!
 

There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you'll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. From analyzing meteorological patterns in order to plan productive beds to experimenting with the carbon and nitrogen levels in your soil, this book will teach you all about the developments and chemical reactions that occur at each phase of growth and how you can alter your planting techniques to construct the most thriving, productive garden possible. Each chapter also utilizes a wide range of inexpensive tests, gadgets, and methods that you can use to help evaluate, monitor, and enhance your plot.
Complete with troubleshooting solutions and useful charts and graphs, Gardening for Geeks has everything you need to establish a beautiful and sustainable vegetable patch--one microclimate at a time!

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Start a New Vegetable Garden the Right Way...the First Time!

Are you new to organic vegetable gardening? This book will show you the simplest and best way to:

  • Build quick and easy raised beds
  • Create healthy soil for higher yields
  • Set up drip irrigation in a snap
  • Control pests with ease
  • And grow an abundant supply of home-grown fruits and vegetables
Gardening for Geeks is your go-to guide for all this and more. Christy Wilhelmi of Gardenerd has done the research for you and organized it the way the geek-mind works. Clear explanations, visual aids, and instructions will guide you toward your best garden ever. Grow food without chemicals, use science to understand what your plants are telling you, and dive into DIY projects that make gardening easier and more efficient.

Gardening for Geeks is also great for teachers, parents, and grandparents who garden with children. You'll find easy-to-understand explanations of how soil microbes function, how plants use nutrients and fertilizers, and how bugs play an important role in our ecosystem. This book offers simple tools for a successful garden using math, science, biology, and ecology. Don't let the title fool you; Gardening for Geeks is one of the most thorough yet approachable gardening books of its kind.

About the Author:

Christy Wilhelmi empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd (gardenerd.com), the ultimate resource for garden nerds, where she publishes information-packed monthly newsletters, weekly blog posts, and podcasts. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design and consulting. She holds regular organic gardening classes in California, and has co-taught organic gardening at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Christy has been a board member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California since 1999, and gardens almost entirely with heirloom vegetables. Between 70-80 percent of her family's produce comes from her garden of less than 200 square feet. Her writing has appeared in Edible Los Angeles magazine, Edible Westside magazine, The Good Food Blog, and LowImpactLiving.com and the Mar Vista Farmers' Market Wrap-Up for Patch.com. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, three chickens and two gardens.

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