No-Waste Organic Gardening

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 4 Mar 2020

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I seriously, seriously loved this gem of a book.
In the current climate of home-bound professionals, kids at home, hermit-style living singles, turning your bare patch of land, overlooked garden or even the tiniest patch of an outside sphere into your personal Eden has something therapeutic.
Well, you need books like this one!
We've been pretty good about growing a waste-free garden, have been buying only organic seeds and mainly raising rare and/or old kinds of tomatoes, berries, herbs, and spices.
Still, this book inspired me to dig (ha!) deeper and find new inspiration and joy in making our garden even more of a bee haven, food-producing, no-waste organic space.
5 stars!
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This was a good book on how to get the most out of your garden and I enjoyed that there were helpful DIY tips.
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The most brilliant helpful book on organic gardening I've ever read.  Do you own several gardening books or have you borrowed a stack  of gardening books from the library? And you have these multiple books because each one possesses a certain amount of knowledge on one subject but lacks information on other topics?   Well, if so - please buy or borrow this book.   Ms. Coronado has managed to put every bit of necessary information into this well written beautiful fun book.  I can't wait to get my hands on a hard copy so I can read and re-read it during this mass isolation  known  as the covid 19 pandemic.   I think it will bring light to my mood and perhaps yours.
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Ambitious enough to stand out from other similar books on the subject, Shawna Coronado takes No-Waste Organic Gardening to the next level.
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A great book and one I will be quickly adding to my physical copy collection. As someone who is really actively trying to change my lifestyle and learn so I can then teach my kids a better way of life and living for not only ourselves but for the planet this book was a great tool in helping me do so. It has some great ideas which I will be applying to my gardena and I have already shared some of the things I have learnt with friends who now also want to buy the book themselves. I have no doubt that any gardener that picks this book up will learn something new from it and encourage non gardeners to dig in too.
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A nice overview of organic gardening principles and creative reuse of materials that would otherwise go into the landfills. I especially liked her ideas for using wine bottles in the landscape. Excellent advice for making and using compost in many different situations. Even though I found some of the projects to be silly the encouragement of whimsy and looking at materials in new ways actually sparked new ideas for my own spaces. And the tip for turning your shovel handle into a yardstick is pure genius. Overall, a useful and interesting addition to the gardener's bookshelf. Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for the advance read.
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A thorough and helpful book on gardening while using what you already have to build planters, compost, and so on. Engaging and useful illustrations too!
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As an avid gardener, I have looked through many gardening books. Shawna Coronado's No-Waste Organic Gardening book is one of the top gardening books I have read! Shawna not only tells you the importance of no-waste organic gardening, she step-by-step explains the "how to's" so the learner is not left to figure out solutions on their own. I have read many books that explain the importance of soil building, no till gardening, and re-using common items in the garden, etc...but many of those books did not offer simple solutions that anyone could accomplish, let alone exactly how to create the described outcomes. If you are looking for a book that offers simple instructions to accomplish important gardening practices, this is the perfect book for you!

No-Waste Organic Gardening explores the many facets of gardening and how to work with, not against, and enhance the natural world around us. This book covers every day and every season holistic approaches to gardening!

I will be purchasing a copy of Shawna's book once it is released! This book will complement any gardener's resource library, no mtater what level of experience one may have. I highly recommend this book!
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Brilliant book! Loved it so much, there are so many things I am going to try. Only negative is that the glass float bee preservers do not seem to be sold anymore....I really want one!
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A great book. I am very much into keeping healthy, eating well and organic gardening. Now its time to put it all into practice now. Recommended.
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A very useful, well written and interesting guide that can help any gardener.
It's a great read, strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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I enjoyed some of the eclectic decorating ideas in this book.  Some of the composting information should be more detailed - for example some leaves do not make good compost because they are too acidic.  Overall enjoyable to read and dream about upcoming spring and summer.
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When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄️ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

In this second book in the internationally successful No-Waste Gardening series, learn how to recycle and repurpose your way to a successful, productive, and eco-friendly organic garden! 

In No-Waste Organic Gardening, author Shawna Coronado guides you toward a more sustainable landscape with dozens of tips, tricks, and solutions that save you time and money—all while saving the planet, too! A revision of Shawna's previous title, 101 Organic Gardening Hacks, this new book tackles waste-reducing gardening in a clever, accessible way. 

Learn how to:
Upcycle household discards to grow seedlings
Turn yard debris into “black gold” in a DIY compost bin
Control pests with traps made from household discards
Build a rain barrel from an old trash can
Mix up your own potting soil to reduce plastic bag waste. 
Protect spring plantings with repurposed jugs, jars, and containers
Build a new raised bed with everyday items—no power tools required! 

Plus, you’ll find solutions to common garden problems and plenty of innovative and resourceful ways to reduce your outgoing waste. Conquering the increasingly important "art" of responsible gardening is a whole lot easier than you might think, with help from No-Waste Organic Gardening. For more advice on living waste-free, explore the first book in the No-Waste Gardening series, No-Waste Kitchen Gardening.

This is a great book om how to garden and not make waste: billions in foodstuffs are thrown out every year: even by people who garden their own food.  I especially like the upcycling to seedings of kitchen waste as you can always help your neighbour or anyplace that has a "plant exchange" - even if you do not want to exchange, you can always pass on to other gardeners.  I enjoyed the composting section and how easy it looks: even I could do it! A great book for gardeners of all skill levels - even those who are not organic.

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
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This is a colorful little garden tip guide that focuses on reusing items and finding free ways to garden organically. There were quite a few times where I read something and wished the author had given more information or felt it should have been clarified. For instance, she says everybody should collect rainwater and gives instructions for making rain barrels but doesn't mention that it's actually illegal in some communities in the US to collect rainwater. As another example, she recommends setting out new garden beds by laying down many layers of newspaper first to smother the sod and then putting soil on top. Newspapers are typically made with particularly toxic dyes, inks and other chemicals that I would not want in my organic garden. There were quite a few other times where I just wanted to jump in and comment the other side of something (on behalf of wasps, for instance). Lists of plants like shade-tolerant veggies are helpful, but I wish photos had been provided with these lists for those of us who are visual and for gardeners who are new to some of these plants.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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Really nice book as an introduction to using your food to the most. And making the most of what space you have to garden. You get tips, things to do/DIYs for your garden.
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No-Waste Organic Gardening by Shawna Coronado is an awesome resource for anyone who wants to garden. This book has tons of information and is very readable. Topics include:  Soil secrets, Garden Maintenance, Pollinator Power, Seed starting, Growing edibles and more. This book tells you the what,why and how of no waste gardening! I recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in gardening.
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A beautifully written and well designed book. This book covers everything you need to know about starting a garden and how to maintain it. The subdivided chapters make an easy reference for any level of gardener.  

Some of the highlights: 
* Great information on no-till gardening and soil building, including a 'recipe' for making your own water-retentive soil mix and various methods of composting. 
* The garden maintenance chapter is informative without being overwhelming. 
* Topics covered were well explained and easy to understand. 

From planting for pollinators, caring for seedlings, growing edibles, to container gardening and landscaping, this book is set to become a favourite gardening resource.
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HELP SAVE THE PLANET BY TAKING AN ORGANIC GARDENING APPROACH. 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage goes into landfills annually, organic matter (food waste) being half of that. This book focuses on wellness for yourself and for the planet, providing practical permaculture-based no-waste organic gardening tips on how to reuse and recycle in your garden to save money while being environmentally friendly—with the bonus of friendship and community building! By creating a more natural, harmonious organic garden you're promoting wellness for all the critters that adventure into your garden whether they be pollinators, guardian allies, or microbes. Likewise, by being greener and sharing your bounty with friends and neighbors, you set a strong example for others by teaching the joys of organic stewardship.


A few topics to look forward to:

♥ Tips on how to create a no-till garden and why you should. Mulch! Compost! Groundcover! Crop rotation! Winter root rot! By keeping the soil covered with green and brown mulching techniques, you're keeping the beneficial nutrients in the soil near your growing plants where they belong. There's also a very clever layout provided for diversifying and thus enriching your soil through an annual, rotating layering process for optimal soil health throughout the years. Another great book on learning about creating the optimal environment for soil is 'Grow Your Soil!: Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever'
by Diane Miessler and Elaine R. Ingham, a gardening resource I highly recommend.

♥ How to harvest and save seeds, create a seedling nursery, care for and sprout your seeds, and herd (or wean) them out of the nursery and into your garden, as well as info on how to soak and plant flowering bulbs.

♥ Reducing water usage! How to harvest rainwater to use in your garden (check your local laws, this method is illegal in some locations), and how to build self-watering plant containers. Plus, the benefits of using GREYWATER, which is essentially all the nutrient-filled water left over from cooking or steaming veggies in the kitchen.

♥ ORGANIC WATER-RETENTIVE SOIL MIX (page 15) FORMULA! I absolutely love this formula, which you could put the aforementioned tips into practice to mix some up, for creating soil that's a water-retentive superstar allowing water to more easily stick to the roots of your plants. There's a whole page dedicated to improving water retention in your soil on page 16.

♥ A variety of composting techniques using leaf mold which is rather simply a pile of aged leaves (a 1-2 year time investment—brown compost) and freshly aired-out grass clippings (a few days time investment—green compost). I really love the section about green and brown mulch, how they differ, and how you use them in your garden on pages 26-27, as well as the section on using coffee grounds as a replacement for peat moss (which is endangered) as a compost ingredient. There are also instructions on how to build and manage your own composting station.

Pssst! Did you know newspapers are now printed with soy ink? If you've had any reservations about using newspaper in your compost for fear of polluting with ink, rest easy and get your mulch on.

♥ USES FOR WORM CASTINGS. I love, love, loveee the uses for worms in gardening. This section goes into the why's (one being, worm castings help fix heavy metals in organic waste!) and how's of using worm castings in your compost, ground planting, container planting, and as a worm tea.

♥ Manure tea! A similar concept to worm tea, manure tea uses composted animal waste steeped in water as an economical fertilizer for your garden, aiding your plants in producing larger yields. "Do not drink this tea!"--This made me cackle, I'm dying here. There's brief mention of sprinkling this on the leaves as well as on the soil because plants absorb water and nutrients through the leaf system as well as through the root system, and I feel that this information is often overlooked so I appreciated seeing it! (Personal tip: Lightly rinse or mist the dust off of your plants when you water them so that they can absorb more water, nutrients, and carbon dioxide!)

♥ Planting to attract pollinators, how it makes a HUGE difference in the health and productivity of your garden, and the importance of having a balance of annuals as well as perennials to support pollinators long term. Also included is a plethora of helpful information on building a habitat that supports bees! This includes having a 'bee station' where you provide a fresh water source where they won't drown, and building a garden that attracts and supports bees who in return pollinate the heck out of your plants. There's a few charts of bee-attracting plants included.

♥ How to grow edibles along with shade-tolerant edibles and flowering edibles, and effective ways of watering and using cover crops to create an efficient, drought-tolerant garden that does more growing with less work. It also goes over how to regrow some foods from kitchen scraps, since some vegetables can be regrown again and again from the same root!

♥ How to mix a batch of chemical-free soap-based insecticide for when pest prevention isn't effective, as the fatty acid from the soap MELTS SOFT-BODIED BUGS who love to eat your plants, while remaining mild and kind towards your insect allies so they can continue to chill in your garden doing their thing. There are also pest-control tips for common garden invaders such as the dreaded earwigs, slugs, and wasps.

♥ Several innovative landscaping, decorating, and tool-storage ideas to really make your garden unique to you and feel like your own personal sanctuary.


This is a beautiful book filled with a variety of glossy photographs, and while I wouldn't consider this resource to be 'complete' (it's not very science-packed nor in-depth as most subtopics only span 1 to 2 pages) it provides some unique information along with so many useful tips on the basics of how to get started with organic gardening. I also just loved how the author is inspired by their wartime era grandmothers, who are experts at no-waste efficiency (upcycling is king), and the illustrations help to visually showcase this inspiration by being adorable and 'vintage-y' yet modern.

Overall this is a pretty wonderful book that I recommend to beginner gardeners with an interest in growing organic, who are ready to get their feet wet, or rather dirty in the garden.

The quotes provided were taken from an eARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Thank you to Cool Springs Press for providing me with this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
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