Did you know over 20,000,000 people started gardening last year, and 80% of those intend to garden again this year? Whether a response to economic uncertainty, or a simple desire to get outdoors more, I’m sure that many of you have joined the ranks of first-time gardeners, too.
That’s why you’ll love today’s book feature and giveaway!
THE FIRST-TIME GARDENER: GROWING VEGETABLES
Homesteader Jessica Sowards, host of YouTube’s Roots and Refuge Farm, reaches over 400,000 subscribers with friendly and approachable gardening tips and inspiration. In her new book, Jessica answers all the questions that greenhorns will likely encounter, including where to put a garden, preparing the soil, what vegetables to plant, how much to water and much more.
This beautifully illustrated guide is packed with photos of Jessica in her garden, plus lots of informational insets that answer common questions and explain commonly used terms.
One of my favorite chapters is called The Need for Seed…or Not. Deciding whether to start your own plants from seed packets, or buy seedlings direct from the nursery, is a really important decision and can determine success or failure the first time around. Jessica breaks down all the pros and cons, allowing first-timers to make an informed decision that fits with their budget and lifestyle.
Available right now at Amazon with free shipping for $16.
THE FIRST-TIME GARDENER: GROWING PLANTS AND FLOWERS
Sean and Allison McManus, whose motto is “We believe you have the ability to care for your garden, no matter what previous garden care experience you have,” are the pros behind this new Quarto title. Their popular gardening podcast, Spoken Garden, is well known for clear, fact-based advice.
While it’s very satisfying to grow your own food, nothing can bring joy to your life and peace to your heart like a lovely flower garden. It doesn’t have to be huge, expensive or flashy, because plants and flowers are natural works of art.
With step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations, Sean and Allison coach new gardeners on how to select and plant flowers and ornamentals, while learning how to prune and mulch so everything’s in tip top form.
It’s available now for pre-order at Amazon: ships in April, just in time for warmer temperatures and spring planting!
Giveaway: One Zephyr Hill reader will win a copy of BOTH of these beautiful new gardening books from Quarto Homes. Use the entry form below, and come back each day to claim extra entries! US residents only, ages 18 and up.