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The comic book guide to growing food : step-by-step vegetable gardening for everyone
2021
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A gardening guide, in the form of a graphic novel, that walks beginners through the steps of planning, planting, caring for and harvesting their first vegetable garden, along with “cheat sheets” of key facts and techniques. Original. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

A gardening guide, in the form of a graphic novel, that walks beginners through the steps of planning, planting, caring for and harvesting their first vegetable garden, along with "cheat sheets" of key facts and techniques. - (Baker & Taylor)

The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting.

“A fun read packed with practical advice, it’s the perfect resource for new gardeners, guiding you through every step to plant, grow, and harvest a thriving and productive food garden.”—Joe Lamp’l, founder and creator of the Online Gardening Academy

Like having your own personal gardening mentor at your side, The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food is the story of Mia, an eager young professional who wants to grow her own vegetables but doesn't know where to start, and George, her retired neighbor who loves gardening and walks her through each step of the process. Throughout the book, "cheat sheets" sum up George's key facts and techniques, providing a handy quick reference for anyone starting their first vegetable garden, including how to find the best location, which vegetables are easiest to grow, how to pick out the healthiest plants at the store, when (and when not) to water, how to protect your plants from pests, and what to do with extra produce if you grow too much.

If you are a visual learner, beginning gardener, looking for something new, or have struggled to grow vegetables in the past, you'll find this unique illustrated format ideal because many gardening concepts--from proper planting techniques to building raised beds--are easier to grasp when presented visually, step by step. Easy and entertaining, The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food makes homegrown vegetables fun and achievable. - (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

Joseph Tychonievich was named by Organic Gardening magazine as one of six young horticulturalists who are helping shape how America gardens. He writes regularly for national gardening magazines such as Fine Gardening and Horticulture, and is a repeated guest on NPR's Splendid Table and popular gardening podcasts such as A Way to Garden. Joseph is the author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener and Rock Gardening, and he gives gardening presentations to audiences across the country. He lives with his husband, two cats, a dog, and an absurd number of plants in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Liz Anna Kozik is a comics illustrator with an MFA in design, and currently in a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on environmental studies and native plants. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Equally charming and useful, this illustrated introduction to gardening is a delightful resource for anyone looking to dig into homegrown veggies. Tychonievich, editor of Rock Garden Quarterly magazine, keeps the tone light and directions simple, framing the guide around a conversation between two neighbors—a technophobic gardening expert and an iPhone-loving novice. The amiable gardening expert astutely refrains from being overly ambitious, instead advising his novice neighbor to keep her gardens small, grow relatively hardy veggies, and (most important) to plant things she loves to eat. Sometimes overly corny, the repartee includes jokes like multiple "number one" rules. Most helpful are how-tos on topics such as building raised beds, dealing with bugs, and deciding which plants to buy, as well as clear instructions on how to fertilize, mulch, and plant. Kozik takes loving care with the bright visual details of the flora and fauna, drawing vegetables, weeds, and insects with specificity such that readers should be able to recognize them in their own backyards. Her art takes the book up a notch, filling what could be a dry instructional manual with verdant leafy spreads and cute cartoony details. This pleasant and unintimidating manual should be a go-to for any comics fan dreaming of sustainable salads. (Feb.)

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