Garden Alchemy (Paperback)

80 Recipes and concoctions for organic fertilizers, plant elixirs, potting mixes, pest deterrents, and more

By Stephanie Rose

Cool Springs Press, 9780760367094, 128pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2020

List Price: 22.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

Garden Alchemy is a hands-on guide for do-it-yourself gardeners who want to turn their garden into gold using natural recipes and herbal concoctions (while saving both time and money!).

This gardening recipe and project book is packed with over 80 ideas to naturally beautify your garden, using organic methods that regenerate your soil and revitalize your plants. By following the processes that are closest to nature, it brings the gardener in sync with the garden, allowing plants to thrive with less effort and less cost.

Recipes for mixing your own potting soils and homemadeorganic fertilizers give you the freedom to choose what ingredients make their way into your garden. Step-by-step instructions for building a compost pile, concocting soil tests, and constructing inexpensive DIY seed-starting equipment are accompanied by gorgeous, full-color, step-by-step photography. You'll also find recipes for natural pest deterrents and traps, garden teas, and growth-boosting foliar sprays to help your garden grow strong all season long.

Garden Alchemy starts with home experiments to help you get to know your soil and customize recipes for your individual needs. The rest of the chapters share how to decipher and combine natural ingredients to make the best quality amendments and elixirs. Detailed descriptions of earth-based materials demystify common ingredients, such as mycorrhizae, biochar, and greensand, and help you learn how to fix common garden problems with minimal effort. The simple method of making use of what you have available supports plants better than brand-name products.

Dozens of recipes and projects include:

  • Homemade seed bombs, disks, and tapes
  • Granular and liquid natural fertilizer recipes 
  • DIY rooting hormone
  • Herbal anti-fungal spray
  • Plant propagation instructions
  • Soil care recipes to adjust the pH and manage fertility
  • 13 specialty potting mixes
  • 7 clever traps for common garden pests

Written by Stephanie Rose, the creative gardener, permaculturist, and herbalist behind the popular website Garden Therapy, this fun and beautifully illustrated book is packed with great ideas and inspiration for DIY gardeners who want to embrace their creativity and have more control of the garden's care.



About the Author

Stephanie Rose is an award-winning author, freelance writer, instructor, and international speaker who aims to encourage better living through plants. As a long-time student and teacher of organic gardening, permaculture design, herbalism, and natural skin care formulation, she enjoys inspiring others to learn how to grow and use plants, with a focus on regenerative practices that are green, healthy, and natural. She is a member of Garden Communicators International, the Permaculture Institute of North America, the International Herb Association, and volunteers to develop children’s gardens as a Vancouver Master Gardener. She shares stories, recipes, and projects on her inspiring website, GardenTherapy.ca.



Praise For Garden Alchemy: 80 Recipes and concoctions for organic fertilizers, plant elixirs, potting mixes, pest deterrents, and more

“This book needs to be on every gardener’s shelf! In it Stephanie Rose shares recipes for natural soil amendments and fertilizers that will help transform backyards into thriving oases. Using readily available materials—often those that would end up in the landfill—to improve our gardens allows us to close the loop and eliminate the packaging waste that comes with retail solutions. Her recipes for nontoxic solutions to common garden problems take it a step further by replacing harsh pesticides with eco-friendly, healthier alternatives.”
 
- Kris Bordessa, author of Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geogr

“Stephanie has nailed it with her recipes for growing a healthier garden. The steps for making teas to compost to pest controls are perfect for both the beginner and seasoned gardeners. I can’t wait to cook some up to use on my flower farm!”
- Lisa Mason Ziegler, commercial farmer at The Gardeners Workshop, and renowned author, instructor, an

“Packed with an abundance of fun ideas, simple recipes, and easy DIY’s, Garden Alchemy shows you how to grow a great garden from the ground up. From nourishing the soil with organic amendments to crafting custom fertilizers, foliar sprays, and teas, Stephanie’s recipes are inspired by the bounty of natural ingredients provided by Mother Nature. There are also plenty of fun projects for all levels of gardeners with ideas for crafting handy items like seed tapes and seed bombs to creating habitats for bees and butterflies. This book is ideal for food and flower gardeners, or anyone who wants to grow a greener garden.”
- Niki Jabbour, Niki Jabour - 2019 American Horticultural Society Awardâ??winning author and longtime radio host of T

Garden Alchemy is full of crafty, thrifty, and fun DIY projects that will keep your garden thumb green all year long. I especially appreciate her nod to organics and sustainability throughout the book. Buy this book and get growing!”
- Mark Highland, President, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, and author of Practical Organic Gardening

“In her new colorful book, Stephanie Rose nails the simplicity and magic of soil science—making it easy for gardeners to use what’s on hand—from common plants to other biomass to grow in ideal conditions.  Readers will now have the wisdom they need to create healthy and fertile soil for their gardens!”
- Jessi Bloom, best-selling author, CPH, ECP, ISA arborist, and owner of NW Bloom Ecological Services

“As someone who's made a career out of growing in small urban spaces, Stephanie’s Garden Alchemy is a treasure trove of creative, DIY recipes to grow healthier, stronger plants, beautify your garden, and cultivate more biodiversity in your yard.”
- Kevin Espiritu, founder of Epic Gardening and author of Field Guide to Urban Gardening