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The Thrifty Gardener

I received quite a few responses to the post on Michelle Yeaton’s Garage Sale Garden. Within hours of the post, I was receiving emails and twitters asking for more information. I promise to do more on Michelle after the holidays. With today’s economic situation, it looks like we are all searching for creative and inexpensive ways to garden.

Thriftygardener In the meantime, I discovered a great new British book on a similar subject called The Thrifty Gardener by Alys Fowler. There was a short blurb about it in the UK Gardeners World Magazine saying Fowler has lots of ideas for combining easy and innovative recycling with gardening. YES!

If you are in the UK, you can order it right now from EFC Books. But here in the states, it will not come out until March 2009 and then, it will be a different version with a different title. (Bummer)

Here is what the EFC Books website has to say about the book:

“Forget makeover culture; forget the garden centre and all your gardening preconceptions, this is a witty, wise and practical take on to how to create a stylish garden. “The Thrifty Gardener” is about creating the garden of your dream regardless of resources or limited space. It will eliminate the intimidation factor and reveal the ins-and-outs of soil, seeds, sowing and growing.At the heart of this book is a DIY ethic that says you don’t always have to buy what you need, you can make it, take it or swap it with friends. From making stylish window boxes out of champagne cases to creating your own stylish compost bin, from bulking up perennials to finding plants for free, this book is packed with offbeat projects for a new generation of gardeners.

So, it looks like we will have to wait here for the American version which is called Garden Anywhere. Why in the world would they change the title so dramatically? It gives a whole different impression of what the book is about. I just hope it is not watered down. I want the full version with all the garden recycling ideas.

You can add it to your wish list on so that you will know when it comes out.

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.