March 28, 2017

101 Organic Gardening Hacks

by Toni Leland

Did you know that hacking is just a clever way to tweak traditional rules and methods to accomplish something? It’s especially used to save money or time or both. In 101 Organic Gardening Hacks, eco-friendly solutions can improve any garden, and all these top tips, tricks, and solutions were dug up (no pun intended) by Shawna Coronado, “America’s most creative home gardener.”

Some of the hacks in this book are practical timesavers, others offer clever ways to use everyday items in your garden. One characteristic of every hack in this fun new book, however, is that each is completely organic and environmentally friendly. And all about the very sustainable process of searching your community for treasures and keeping those items out of the landfill by using them smartly.

First and foremost, the best thing about this entertaining and well-written book is the theme of protecting our environment and the future of the planet. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Author Shawna Coronado has a passion for making the most of everything she does, and credits most of her inspiration to role-model grandmothers. “One thing you learn from grandparents who grew up in a wartime era is, they wasted nothing and they saved everything,” says the author.
On leafing through the colorful pages well illustrated with photographs of each hack idea, as well as several step-by-step pages, one realizes that even the simplest things can be beautiful and beneficial. Every section is themed and filled with great ideas for everything from creating your own soil, to the ultimate compost recipe, to capturing rainwater, to attracting pollinators, to collecting seeds, and everything in between. Clever and colorful uses for discarded furniture, tools, fencing, buckets—you name it, the author has found a use for it in the garden.
The book is well-presented with dozens of beautiful photographs, conversion tables, and a good index. 101 Organic Gardening Hacks is a book worth having on your book shelf, and would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to garden and loves the environment.
This book was provided by Hachette for an honest review.

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