Seed Starting: The First Step to Gardening

seedstartingLast year, we relocated to a new house, with a BIG yard….five acres to be exact.  Not having this kind of space before, we treaded very lightly on the ground, not really sure what to do with all of this.  We began thinking about a garden, talking about a garden, but have not yet put a shovel to the dirt.  After all, what do we know about gardening?

So when the opportunity arose to review this book, I thought it would be a perfect first step!  Just like the title, Seed Starting: The First Step to Gardening.

For a gardening novice like myself, and the rest of my family, I am approaching my five acres with a little fear and trepidation!  What am I afraid of?  Mostly weeds, but then there is the daily commitment to watering and the “pests”, like deer, rabbits and insects to name a few.  I actually love the deer that visit daily!  I even am prone to admiring the caterpillar, knowing its future as a butterfly.  So can I manage a garden and keep the “pests” I love at bay?


I am not usually a big reader of nonfiction books.  Funny, really, because that is all I used to read.  But I was quickly impressed by the easy flow of the book.  The author, Gary Emmett, walks you through all the basics of getting your plants started.   The chapters are as follows:

Chapter 1:  Planning your Garden
Chapter 2:  All about Seeds
Chapter 3:  Potting Soils
Chapter 4:  Growing Equipment
Chapter 5:  Do you have enough light?
Chapter 6:  Other Growing Needs
Chapter 7:  Ready to Transplant

Previous to reading the book, I figured I would just run to my local garden store, pick out some already established plants, and plunk them in the ground.  But starting your own seeds opens up the exciting possibility of varieties not available at your local store.  The e-book even provides hot links to seed companies, so that you can research and order your seeds.  Not sure when to start growing your seeds?  No problem.  There is a section for that too.

After reading Seed Starting: The First Step to Gardening, I feel confident that I am ready to get started with a garden.  The book has given me the confidence I need to get started this spring.  The very first chapter will assist me in finding the best location in our new yard and the rest of the book will continue to be a resource for years to come as we begin our adventure in family gardening.

I will be looking forward, with hopeful expection, to future books from this author.  (Though this is purely speculation! :-))  Maybe something like, Managing the Garden: The Second Step to Gardening….and how about a third, Harvesting Your Garden: Before the Deer and Rabbits Get There.


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Several other team members chose to review this informative book too.  So head on over to Mosaic Reviews to read their opinions.

Disclaimer:  I was given a free copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation of any kind has been received.  Not even a pack of seeds!

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  1. #1 by Christephi on March 2, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    Great review! I hope you’ll do a write-up about your gardening adventure — the good, the bad, and the ugly — later this year! We don’t have nearly as much space as you, but I hope someday to try my hand at a proper garden!

    • #2 by jlsgrant on March 3, 2013 - 8:26 am

      Thanks! I definitely will…hope there’s mostly good, and just a tiny bit bad and ugly! 🙂

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