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The Thrifty Gardener: How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Alys Fowler
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Book Description

25 Sep 2008
Gardner's World presenter Alys Fowler shows us how gardening is something you do, not something you buy. You don't have to spend money to have a great garden. Slow gardening - like slow food - is taking time to savour. It's the process, not this sudden transformation that matters. When you build a little, dig a bit, plant a little, harvest often and more importantly don't try and do it all at once, nature will work for you. For this is gardening that won't cost the earth. This is a book that will eliminate the intimidation factor and reveal the ins and outs of soil, seeds, sowing and growing. Designed to be highly appropriate for beginners, it will cover the basics like planning, planting and pruning using organic and inexpensive methods. Its quirky projects and thrifty ethic will mean that it reaches beyond the usual gardening audience - this book is for those who would rather be found hunting through a skip than be seen in a garden centre.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; new edition edition (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856267776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856267779
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gardeners' World's Alys Fowler trained at the Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Garden and the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. After finishing her training, she worked as a journalist for the trade magazine, Horticulture Week, and then joined the Gardeners' World team as a horticultural researcher. The lure of the garden, however, proved too much and in 2006 Alys became Head Gardener at Gardeners' World's previous home, Berryfields. Since then she has been more in front of the camera than behind the scenes, and has become a popular and regular presenter from Greenacre, the show's home since 2008.

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'Alys Fowler explains how to fill your flowerbeds and containers without breaking the bank.' --The Guardian

'With a sense of fun and a passion for grow-your-own, Alys Fowler is helping to transform British Backyards.' --BBC Gardens Illustrated

Harpers Bazaar: 'As a presenter on BBC series 'Gardeners' World', [Alys] Fowler is already familiar to millions of horticultural enthusiasts. Her no-nonsense approach is encapsulated in her recent book 'The Thrifty Gardener'---- Irish Times:'Given that growing veg is the new rock'n'roll, it was inevitable that someone would come up with a book for the new generation of gardeners. The Thrifty Gardener by Alys Fowler (Kyle Cathie, £16.99) has a suitably funky aesthetic, with lots of sun-dappled pictures of fashionably mis-shapen produce, and of its photogenic young author. But as well as being pretty it is eminently practical, with lots of useful tips for the start-off gardener. Fowler-a highly trained horticulturist-advises on everything from what to plant and where to plant it, to ideas for containers (such as large olive tins and wooden wine boxes, which, she suggests, can be sourced free from friendly traders). Its subtitle is How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing and the book has a timely, recession-busting slant, with advice on how to get free plants, make a compost bin, build a cold frame using a pallet and lots more.' --Irish Times

About the Author

Known as 'one of the bright young things in gardening', Alys Fowler started gardening in her early teens and trained at the Royal Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Whilst living in New York and with only a fire escape to grow plants on, Alys quickly found a community that was making beautiful gardens on a shoestring budget. She has since vowed never to waste money in her garden. Alys was Head Gardener at Berryfields, the previous location for BBC's Gardeners' World and has been on site in front of camera in the new home of the show at Greenacre. Alys writes for the Guardian, BBC's Gardeners' World magazine and Gardens Illustrated as well as other publications.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful buying this book.... 24 April 2010
This book is the same book as "Garden Anywhere: How to Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens, Herb Gardens, Kitchen Gardens and More without Spending a Fortune" - don't buy both!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars the thrifty gardener 25 Oct 2010
By kazza2u
If you already have Alys Fowlers other book The Edible Garden DO NOT bother buying this. The Thrifty Gardener was disappointing as there was absolutely nothing new in it and is basically a repeat of her other book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gardening the thrifty way 29 Mar 2010
I highly recommend this great book, ideal for all those who wish to treat gardening with some respect and save on costs. Methods we may have forgotten. Good common sense with innovative ideas easy for the amateur gardener to follow and enjoy. Then benefiting from growing beautiful produce.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Thrifty Gardener Alys Fowler 23 Jun 2010
For anybody that enjoyed watching Alys Fowlers recent tv show on BBC2 this book is a must. Im new to gardening and she portrays a love of the garden like no other. The book is full of useful tips from soil analysis to where plants like to grow. The vegetable section is just enough information to get you curious enough to start and give it a go. Anyone who is thrifty by nature will love the tips on collecting seeds and the whole ethos of reusing skip finds and other cast offs in the garden. Im not saying you wont need more indepth technical books to help your understanding, but this is a lovely starter book to get your interest and hopefully a love of gardening. A true gem of a book. I love it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 2 Mar 2009
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but soon found it to be an easy and enjoyable read. Not only was the book about saving money but it also gave good information about soil and propagation. Everyone into saving money in the garden and the allotment way of thinking will enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good inspiration 14 Mar 2010
I really enjoyed this book. Well worth the price. I was quickly inspired to start working on my new garden. Alys also explains the more scientific aspects in a very clear manner. On the basis of this book I asked for her new book 'The Edible Garden' as a mother's day present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read the text 27 July 2009
fantastic pictures complemented by awesome text. get stuck in and its full of great information. cheers Alys!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thrifty gardener 10 Jan 2009
By Bobo
A book for the experienced as well as novice gardener. Common sense ideas which don't cost the earth.Well written, clearly explained,easy to understand ideas by somone who has realised we can't all afford paid garden help.
My new garden bible. Thank you Alys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
I enjoyed this book, it was easy reading (unlike some gardening books!). Alys has some fabulous ideas for gardening on a budget and I love the idea of a productive garden that can... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K Rollason
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I'm really impressed with this book and it has changed the way I garden and not just because of the thrifty tips (although they're helpful too). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ultimatesmurf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very pleased with the book, it is informative and well written as always from Alys. Great fan of Alys Fowler and would love to see her back on television more.
Published 24 months ago by S
1.0 out of 5 stars The Non Receiver
Did not get this book probably through the fault of the post office, so I am unable to report its pros and cons.
Published on 14 May 2012 by Supersnapper
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Alys Fowler
As with all her books Alys has succeeded in giving lots of helpful practical advice. Plenty of good ideas on how to garden on a modest budget...
Published on 4 Feb 2012 by Sunray
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
not as helpful as title would suggest- interesting read but wouldnt have bought had I seen it in a shop.
Published on 12 Aug 2011 by E. Arnold
4.0 out of 5 stars The realistic&relateable gardener
I like the book for being aimed at the scale that most of us can garden at - space and budgetwise. There are some really neat DIY ideas and i enjoy the overall tone of the book. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by babsifav
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
great gardening book and I know it will be handy for me and inspire me.
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Shobhna Wayland
4.0 out of 5 stars thrifty is good
It's a good book, lots of useful and practical advice to save money and recycle at the same time. Alice gets some criticism from people who say that she obviously doesn't need to... Read more
Published on 23 July 2010 by Green Book Addict Librarian
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the ticket
I thought this was a lovely book. It had loads of ideas for improvising and saving money. Just the ticket in these trying times. Read more
Published on 13 July 2010 by Topnan
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