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Gardening for Geeks

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This book was a good place for true beginners. It was a thousand foot view of a lot of topics. I was hoping for something with a little more in depth knowledge, but found it to be a quick and easy read. I would recommend for someone just starting to explore the world of gardening.
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Gardening for Geeks All the Science You Need for Successful Organic Gardening by Christy Wilhelmi is written from the point of view of the science, as you can tell from it's name.

It gives you ideas on your soil, what to grow to encourage other plants, and habitats to build in your garden in order to encourage things that will kill pests.

There are lots of photos, and tips to help you to grow the best you can in your space.

 Gardening for Geeks All the Science You Need for Successful Organic Gardening  by Christy Wilhelmi was publishing on 11th February 2020, and is available on  Amazon ,  Waterstones  and  Bookshop.org .

You can follow Christy Wilhelmi on  Facebook .

I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review, so my thanks to NetGalley and to  Fox Chapel Publishing .
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A beautiful, photo-rich information-packed book on gardening. Very detailed in how to make your garden grow. A chapter on plants, and problems associated with those plants. Offers many tips including composting, building tomato cages, and the importance of soil. A great book on gardening.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Fox Chapel Publishing for the opportunity to review a copy of Gardening for Geeks: All the Science You Need for Successful Organic Gardening by Christy Wilthelmi (2020) in exchange for an honest review. 

I requested to view this book because I have a beginner's interest in gardening. Primarily, I was interested in seeing what gardening books would be like, and most importantly, what sort of gardening books would be the best fit for me. I agree with previous reviewers who loved how much information was given in this book. As stated, I am a beginner gardener with amateur interest, so I am in need of filling in a lot of gaps that some books may take for granted. I'd like to have all of that sort of information in one compilation so it's easy to refer to when I'm learning (and eventually applying this knowledge). I think one major pro of this book was the amount and type of information. I did not find it 'geeky' in the sense that it was telling me the chemical compounds and talking above my head, but rather refers to those who are inclusively enthralled with the idea of gardening and want an all-encompassing knowledge of how to adopt this hobby.
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Disclaimer - this ebook was received via Netgalley.com

This book has taught me about gardening and has given me a basic understanding of what I need to do to get started. 
Definitely recommended for others.
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An excellent introduction to gardening from a scientific foundation. If you love knowing why things are the way they are, and you'd like to get into gardening, this is the book for you. Christy Wilhelmi explains things clearly and elegantly, while dispelling myths and old ideas with up-to-date science. Get to know your backyard to understand what plants will grow best and why - and which ones are less likely to do well. Recommended.
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Alas, I do not have a green thumb.  I always want to garden, but things just don't grow.  But I have new hope, thanks to this book.  This book is so full of helpful information that I feel like I can't go wrong.  Learning about soil and irrigation helped me a lot - I even sent a soil sample in for a test because it's important to know based on what you want to grow.  It even has a section on what to do with the produce you will inevitably grow because you will be so awesome at gardening due to this book.  It's a great resource that I highly recommend!
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This is a very good, helpful, laced-with-tips book on sustainable gardening, preserving natural eco-system. It even has a list of seed companies that sell non-GMO seeds!

Thanks to the publisher for the ARC.
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Gardening for Geeks All the science you need for successful organic gardening has everything I was looking for right in the title.  From setting up your garden, to the soil and what makes for successful soil, to the plants.  Great information is to be had.  Of course, no garden is without pests to control and she’s included great helps in that area, too.  I love the section in there on composting and have been implementing her ideas for that.  I was inspired as I was paging through and loved all the scientific facts that she threw in along the way.  I believe that this will be a resource that I will draw from for years to come.  
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I am novice gardener...I started my first garden in April during the stay at home orders for COVID-19. I wished that I had this book then.  I found this book very informative...lots of good stuff. :)  It is chocked full of photos, drawings and charts that are extremely helpful.  Gardening for Geeks is also a good starting point for beginners. It breaks down things you don't realize you need to know and why it's important. 

My only complaint is there should be  a section on planting zones. Not everyone lives in SoCal.

My school is starting a community garden (Covid 19 set us back a few months) we are hoping to get it set up this fall.  I will definitely be getting myself a personal copy.

I highly recommend this book for novices and experienced gardeners alike. 

I received a free digital copy of #gardeningforgeeks from the publishers via #Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Thank you  NetGalley!
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I loved the layout and structure of the book. In the beginning the author takes the reader through soil education, irrigation methods, planning, starting from seed, planting, the difference between good and bad pests and what to look for. There is a section for raised beds with a ‘blueprint’ so you can build your own. 

There are many informative tips that are highlighted by little boxes.
There is so much information that there are parts you will want to go back and refer to again.  This isn’t one of those books you read and put away.  This book should be kept handy so you can refer to it. 

There are many beautiful photos, charts and drawings that will help with understanding the concepts presented.  (how to make a trellis, plant your different vegetables so they all get the best sunlight and so much more). 

I believe that this an excellent and extremely informative book.  It would be useful for both beginner and experienced gardeners. 

I would like to thank the author,  Fox Chapel Publishing /Companion House Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a nice, easy read that I find extremely interesting. I’m a new gardener and it provided a ton of basic information.
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This is one of those books where there just isn't quite enough interesting information for every reader throughout.  I could see where many would find pieces and sections of this book helpful and informative, but it's not going to fully satisfy any one person.  Instead, this could have been "Raised Bed Gardening for Geeks" and another title could have been "City Gardening for Geeks", another "Recipes for Geeky Gardeners", etc.  Basically, a very little bit about a great swath of information is covered without really going into the nitty gritty details of anything.  I went into this looking for advice on how to set up my already existing garden, advice for what to grow in certain climates, and how to maintain my garden.  I really didn't get the answers or information I was looking for, but was able to pull out a few interesting details to try out next year.  Ultimately, I felt as though the book over-promised on its information and audience.  For what I was able to get out of it, I could have simply reviewed a gardening blog--I didn't feel there was enough here that would appeal to someone in order to justify a full purchase.
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Really enjoyable all around geek guide for successful organic gardening. Seriously a jack of all trades type book that not only gives you new ideas to try but offers a general basic knowledge of just about all gardening. From bringing insects to your garden, to compost, to the places that offer organic seeds. 

What did I like? Wealth of knowledge sounds about right.... just an incredible amount of information packed into a small book. If you want to be more self sustaining in a natural way, this is a great guide. I learned so much I really didn’t know and I believe the methods are explained easily enough to be beneficial. I just bought property and I’m hoping to start my first trial garden next year so I’m planning a year in advance. Seems extreme but after reading this book, it seems to be a natural thing to plan in advance. 

Would I buy or recommend? Kindle price is not bad since you get a wealth of information but I would go for a print copy. Sometimes planning things take you to the yard and such but carrying a kindle or iPad out seems far fetched. I really enjoyed the book and took lots of notes, I would definitely.

Thoughts for the author. Thanks so much for an ARC to give my thoughts and opinions. I really enjoyed the look and will probably get my own paper copy. Lots of knowledge between these pages. Kudos for a great gardening book, I’m so excited to plan mine. I have so many ideas.
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I received a free e-book ARC of Gardening for Geeks from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is fun, easy to read, and informative! I'm a new gardener who struggles to do things if I don't understand why I'm doing them - I mean, does the type of soil really make a difference? And what about sunlight? This book gives clear, understandable explanations that will convince you of the necessity of keeping some bugs around and explain how to plan what to plant and when. 

The book is also a good starting point for beginners because it explains things you don't realize you need to know and why they're important. There's even a handy dandy section that gives brief overviews of common garden plants and their common problems.

The only negative to the book is that the pictures aren't that great or necessarily helpful. Sometimes it seems like a picture is slapped on just to make sure there's a picture on every page. It would be nice if more of the photos were relevant or informative diagrams.

Overall, I would recommend this book to any new gardeners, whether or not you're planning to go organic. There's just so much good information.
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Ever since the Stay-at-Home orders have been put in place, I have been thinking of exploring what it would take to grow my own herbs and vegetables but had no idea where to even begin.  
Reviewing this book, I found that it covers everything about gardening that originally seemed intimidating to me.  Each aspect of gardening is broken out into its own chapter and the information provided about each is easy to understand.  The topics are covered thoroughly; explaining what to look for; what works best given different situations and regions and providing clear how-to instructions.  
This book covers everything from; what to look for when choosing plants from a nursery to how best to build raised beds to even what to look for in a hose.  I learned a lot and particularly enjoyed how the author broke out each vegetable and herb separately on their own page, highlighting extremely useful gardening information on each.  She also provides some recipes at the end as an added bonus.  
Overall, I believe after reviewing this book that I am now armed with enough information that I can now successfully take a stab at setting up my own vegetable and herb garden.
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I wish I had this book a month ago before putting in my garden.  It is full of practical, easy-to-follow information for start-to-finish garden success.  From choosing seeds to cooking your garden bounty, I will definitely be purchasing and promoting this comprehensive resource.
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A very comprehensive guide to gardening! The author introduced me to many eco-friendly gardening tips and tricks, as well as many practical information for a variety of garden plants and how to maintain them. Although I don't have my own garden right now, I will definitely be reading this book again when I do have my own space.
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As the daughter of a master gardener, who, unfortunately has not inherited her green thumb, I found Gardening for Geeks very encouraging! Wilhelmi includes a wealth of information that some people may find overwhelming. However, if you like to gather as much information as possible before jumping into a new project, you will probably find the amount of information to be just enough. The author doesn't give too much information about each topic, but she does give enough to educate the reader and then provides resources for further reading. I am excited about actually starting a small garden after reading this book!
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Gardening for Geeks is  a good book with information to create different gardens but not any new or original information.  The author has a website and obviously likes to garden but she is based in LA.  Lot harder to garden in most areas of the country and there isn't detail about different planting zones or best plants/flowers for different types of soil and weather.  The photos are pretty but again, easy to have a lovely garden in California with good weather and yearlong sun.
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