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Reviews for Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You:

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Jan 12, 2013

The most inexpensive, clear, how-to advice for creating a fantastic yard. Amanda cover all types of people wanting a beautiful garden from those who want to do it all themselves to those who want to convey clearly to the people that they will hire (advice on that too) what they do and do not want. Highly recommended.
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Feb 11, 2013

This guide to basic gardening has two things that set it aside from most gardening books: its put together like a webpage, full of graphics and references to other pages, and its funny. Author Thomsen has a blog of the same name as the book on the Fine Gardening website, so I was happy to find she had a book out.

This is a book for the beginning gardener, especially for one with a new yard to deal with. Thomsen walks you through the process: the idea stage, mapping the existing space, deciding This guide to basic gardening has two things that set it aside from most gardening books: it’s put together like a webpage, full of graphics and references to other pages, and it’s funny. Author Thomsen has a blog of the same name as the book on the Fine Gardening website, so I was happy to find she had a book out.

This is a book for the beginning gardener, especially for one with a new yard to deal with. Thomsen walks you through the process: the idea stage, mapping the existing space, deciding what you can realistically grow, hardscaping, planting. Every section points out that you don’t have to do it all alone; you can always ‘hire a guy’ for what you feel uncomfortable with, whether it’s design, digging, or maintenance. My favorite section is the planning one; the author encourages you to put down *everything* you’d like, no matter how wild and crazy. After all, if it turns out to be impossible, it’s only on paper, and who knows? You might be able to do it! And above all, make the garden for YOU, not for the garden magazines, the designers, or the neighbors. It’s your space, make it to give you pleasure and reflect your personality. This book won’t tell you how to prune roses or divide peonies, but it’s a good start.
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Jun 02, 2019

Like most gardening books, this probably wasn't meant to be read front to back but I did it anyway. Probably more useful if I read it as a choose your own adventure, but oh well. Will definitely check out again when I get a house--got some good ideas...
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Apr 11, 2015

For a beginning yard design book, this pretty much tops it. I quite enjoyed reading it even though there wasn't a lot of new information. Great color, funny writing... like a comic book was pollinated by a snarky garden-themed choose-your-own-adventure.
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Apr 25, 2019

Super busy layout. Fun to look at, but hard to read and get anything useful from.
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Jun 23, 2014

I liked the choose-your-adventure style the author took with presenting information on gardening and landscaping. Depending on where you are in your design process, you can jump to a particular section to meet those needs and possibly take the recommendation of where to go next. It was a fun read and I enjoyed the author's illustrations.
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May 31, 2013

This was a great beginning guide for my husband and I as we started to make plans for our yard. There was a lot of information in here that I wouldn't have thought of, wouldn't have remembered to do, or wouldn't have thought were that important.
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Dec 07, 2012

I finally gave up on this book. I couldn't focus on it. It was just...too much cartooning and too much going on. Not my style. But there was good info there if you're able to focus on it. Just not a fan of these cartoon style layout nonfic books.
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Aug 25, 2015

While this graphic guide does not have in depth info on any particular aspect of the yard and garden process, it is a great and goofy overview of many things (with some plant recommendations to boot) that I am glad I checked out.
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Feb 26, 2013

Loving the nonfiction graphic novels lately. Who knew landscaping could make such a hilarous topic? Comes complete with a bingo game, a 'choose your own adventure' style layout, and serious tee-hees on every page (so far).
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Feb 18, 2013

Loved how this book is put together. And only found one thing I questioned. She talks about hyacinth beans being edible. I was always taught that you should never eat them. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the book.
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Aug 31, 2013

I would say this is the best gardening book I've ever read, but since it's the first I've ever read (and not skimmed) I can't say that. But isn't that endorsement enough?
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Jun 09, 2014

Great intro to gardening. This book is a fun and spunky quick read that covers all the basics with out putting you to sleep.
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Jul 22, 2013

This is definitely a book I plan on buying once I have space for an actual garden.
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Apr 08, 2013

CHoose Your Own Adventure meets gardening. Great tips, funny read.
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May 13, 2014

Funny and helpful to a real novice. I like the "choose your adventure" feel.
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May 07, 2019

This is a hilarious and low pressure gardening book that reads like a choose your own adventure graphic novel. I busted out laughing when the author begged me not to use white lava rock as a landscaping statement unless used ironically.
I read the whole thing through in one sitting and was thoroughly entertained, informed, and kinda want a boxwood shaped like Mr. T now...
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Jun 25, 2017

What a horrible book. Cartoon drawings and flippant comments on how to construct a yard that are basically useless. Rain barrel? Mosquitoes. I can't even remember why I ordered this.
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May 17, 2018

Entertaining and informative at the same time - a fun, useful gardening manual
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Jun 05, 2013

A cute book with some sass and sparkle, Kiss My Aster would be perfect for a housewarming gift, paired with some gloves and a garden spade. It's fun to read, and practical on topics such as planting trees and figuring out how much work a project will likely take. Dedicated gardeners will find themselves wanting something more region-specific and more detailed on certain plants, but this is a nice start. After a while, the font started to make me a little nuts, but I read the book straight A cute book with some sass and sparkle, Kiss My Aster would be perfect for a housewarming gift, paired with some gloves and a garden spade. It's fun to read, and practical on topics such as planting trees and figuring out how much work a project will likely take. Dedicated gardeners will find themselves wanting something more region-specific and more detailed on certain plants, but this is a nice start. After a while, the font started to make me a little nuts, but I read the book straight through, and it was meant more as a dip into book. Also, in the sections that talked about weeds and pests, actual photographs for identification, while less in keeping with the style of the book, would definitely have been handy. ...more
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Jan 27, 2013

An interesting take on gardening books, which does not (thankfully) assume that there is a "right" or typical or best way you "must" do anything in your garden. The advice it gives is good and starts before many other garden books even begin... with actually how to think about your garden and what it means to plan for it. It also discusses how to understand and plan for what the consequences of your choices will be. This is something many books leave out. If you are a novice gardener or have An interesting take on gardening books, which does not (thankfully) assume that there is a "right" or typical or best way you "must" do anything in your garden. The advice it gives is good and starts before many other garden books even begin... with actually how to think about your garden and what it means to plan for it. It also discusses how to understand and plan for what the consequences of your choices will be. This is something many books leave out. If you are a novice gardener or have just started in a new location or are completely redoing your space, this is a very helpful (and fun to read) book. I recommend it. ...more
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Sep 18, 2016

A fun and informative book about taking care of your yard and gardening. Don't let the cutesy cover fool you, the author is a Master Garden and landscape designer. In other words, she knows what she is talking about. I disagree with her on a few things, like what to do with shade garden and her view about spirea bushes, but for the most part she and I are in totally agreement. I loved her format and sense of humor, although I didn't skip around like a true Choose-Your-Own Adventure book should A fun and informative book about taking care of your yard and gardening. Don't let the cutesy cover fool you, the author is a Master Garden and landscape designer. In other words, she knows what she is talking about. I disagree with her on a few things, like what to do with shade garden and her view about spirea bushes, but for the most part she and I are in totally agreement. I loved her format and sense of humor, although I didn't skip around like a true Choose-Your-Own Adventure book should be read. Great resource to read through once and then keep around to refer to later. ...more
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Aug 20, 2013

Good absolute beginner book to considering lawn and landscape care. The illustrations though are kind of useless. This book is a good way to begin considering different questions with what to do with your lawn if you're new to lawn care. It will not give you a lot of info though. It's more suggestions and places to expand your knowledge. I got a lot out of this book and thought it was a good place to start. Check it out of the library, not one to own.
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Jun 21, 2013

Great book for the beginning gardener, or just someone looking to put a little landscaping around their house. As someone working in a retail garden center, I really appreciated the nods to the retail employees, and the little things that make our lives easier when we're helping people. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. Nice, humorous take on starting out gardening, and some places where hiring a professional is the right course of action.
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Jun 10, 2013

I do enjoy a garden book from a smartass perspective. Where else can I find such great information such as: how many gnomes is too many? what plants are soooo over done? and how to spot a phony garden planner (hint, the white pants). This did also have a great deal off very relevant tips and hints on how to plan, build, and enjoy your yard. It was all just wrapped up in a snarky, colorful package...which I loved.

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