Gardening for Geeks is the Perfect Gardening Book for Science Lovers

There is much more to gardening than what you’ve learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you’ll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. If you are looking for a gardening book for science lovers, this is the perfect one. Want to plant a garden this year? Check out my gardening posts for some great gardening tips to boost your success.

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Gardening For Geeks

Title: Gardening for Geeks
Subtitle: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden
Author:  Christy Wilhelmi
ISBN: 978-1440557798
Publisher: Adams Media (April 18, 2013)
Format/Length: Paperback 224 pages

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From the Publisher:

There is much more to gardening than what you’ve learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you’ll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. From analyzing meteorological patterns in order to plan productive beds to experimenting with the carbon and nitrogen levels in your soil, this book will teach you all about the developments and chemical reactions that occur at each phase of growth and how you can alter your planting techniques to construct the most thriving, productive garden possible. Each chapter also utilizes a wide range of inexpensive tests, gadgets, and methods that you can use to help evaluate, monitor, and enhance your plot.

Complete with troubleshooting solutions and useful charts and graphs, Gardening for Geeks has everything you need to establish a beautiful and sustainable vegetable patch–one microclimate at a time!

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About the Author (from Amazon):

Christy Wilhelmi empowers people to grow their own food, to be more self-reliant, and to reduce pollution and waste, one garden at a time. Christy is founder of Gardenerd (, the ultimate resource for garden nerds. She also specializes in small-space, organic vegetable garden design and consulting. She holds regular organic gardening classes in California, and has co-taught organic gardening at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Christy has been a board member of Ocean View Farms Organic Community Garden in Mar Vista, California since 1999, and gardens almost entirely with heirloom vegetables.

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Gardening for Geeks Book Review:

I am both a science geek and an avid gardener. Until now, I had not really though about putting those two things together in the way that Gardening for Geeks does. Gardening for Geeks is an incredibly well organized book. It is appropriate for both novice gardeners and experts as well. I love that the author looks at the garden as part of an ecosystem. The soil, the plants, the bugs, the wildlife,  and the climate all come together to effect they type of crop yield  you get.

Understanding your soil

Gardening for Geeks helps you build the perfect ecosystem so that you can get the most out of your harvest. It tackles every aspect of gardening that I could consider. It starts with preparing the soil and learning how to compost then moves on to harvesting your crop and preserving it for future use. There are detailed explanations of the science behind gardening. It includes ratios for composting, what makes a hybrid seed different from an heirloom seed, and which plants do best with other plants. There are so many things that the author explains to help you understand WHY you do things a certain way.

Types of Plants

There is good information on many different plant types so you know where to plant, how to fertilize and when to harvest. The author discusses positioning of plants in the garden to maximize the sun and proper nutrients.

If you are interested in gardening, whether you are new to the idea or have been gardening for years,  you will find this to be an incredibly useful resource!

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