BOOK REVIEW – The Frugal Gardener

Post last updated: March 15th, 2017

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I discovered this gem on the library shelf and having met a kindred spirit, it all but jumped into my hands. The Frugal Gardener: How To Have More Garden For Less Money by Catriona Tudor Erler (Rodale Press, 1999).

Although published thirteen years ago, it’s a classic book with timeless ideas. A few of the golden goodies: annuals and perennials for drought conditions, building your own fan trellis, charts of veggies that quickly add up savings or offer high yields, how to pick the best garden tools and sharpen them, economically multiplying your plant collection by division, rooting or growing from seed, plant swaps and treasures out of trash.

There is probably at least one idea in this book that you haven’t thought of on your own.

12/8/12 P.S.: This book is very economical on Amazon because it’s older. I just ordered my own copy because I think it will be useful again and again.

5 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW – The Frugal Gardener”

    1. Brenda – I have finished reading/scanning it. What I can’t decide is whether or order my own copy for reference. It’s very economical on the used side of amazon but I keep trying to downsize my life. Thus, the quandary.

  1. That chart of veggies sounds very useful. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about trying to propagate some plants, just to save money. In this economy, this sounds like a great book to have on the shelf!

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