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No Guff Vegetable Gardening

No Guff Vegetable Gardening, by Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs

No Guff Press, 2011
By Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs
Illustrated by Mariko McCrae

ZESTFUL, FUN, INFORMATION-PACKED, OPINIONATED—slightly irreverent—this graphic-novel-meets-gardening-book empowers readers to make their own decisions in the vegetable garden because my co-author, Donna Balzer, and I talk frankly about issues…and don’t always agree.

"Your book has changed my life!”

Said by a gardener who stopped Donna on the street! She found the format very empowering.

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We're Different

Balzer and Biggs: Boomer and Gen Xer. Lots of differences, yet lots in common too.Donna and I are gardeners and horticulturists, living in different time zones and climates—and in different stages of life (she’s a boomer-grandmother, and I'm a Gen Xer with three small children).

But...Have Lots in Common

Despite our differences, we find that we have a lot in common, including a belief that gardening is a lot easier than most people think, and a disdain for unnecessarily complicated advice. We both see the soil as the foundation of success in the garden.

Know-How for Everyone

Instead of thinking about gardening in a zone-focused way, we take the concepts of weather and microclimate and give gardeners ideas for stretching the season.

Mariko’s Great Illustrations

With her whimsical and fun illustrations, Mariko took a gardening book and made it really, really fun and really, really engaging.

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Praise for No Guff Vegetable Gardening

“No guff. Lots of fun” is the subtitle on this all-Canadian book. The expression on the faces of the two authors tells you that they mean it before you open the book. My friend, from our HGTV days, Donna Balzer, signed up with first-time author Steven Biggs to create a book that addresses the fastest growing trend in gardening today: food gardening.

Read the rest of this column by garden expert, broadcaster, and writer Mark Cullen.

"Occasionally in a librarian’s life (retired or otherwise), a book will arrive that causes immediate bibliomania. A book that is so different, so appealing, and upon reading it, so completely perfect, that it must be shown with great excitement to everyone who loves books." ...

Read the rest of this review by Susan Yates for the Gabriola Sounder by clicking here.

"Energy emanates from this book, which seems odd since it’s about growing vegetables. But don’t underestimate the passion Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs have for veggies." ...

Read the rest of this review by Peggy Mackenzie for the Toronto Star by clicking here.

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