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

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Storey Publishing, 2012 - Gardening - 159 pages
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Who cares what the neighbors think? Kiss My Aster is a hilarious, irreverent, interactive guide to designing an outdoor space that is exactly what you want. Combining entertaining illustrations with laugh-out-loud text, Amanda Thomsen lays out the many options for home landscaping and invites you to make the choices. Whether you want privacy hedges, elegant flower beds, a patio for partying, a food garden, a kids’ play space, a pond full of ducks, or all of the above, you’ll end up with a yard you’ll adore. Forget about doing it the "right" way: Do it your way!
  

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

User Review  - Kim - Goodreads

Great intro to gardening. This book is a fun and spunky quick read that covers all the basics with out putting you to sleep. Read full review

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

User Review  - Katey Thompson - Goodreads

CHoose Your Own Adventure meets gardening. Great tips, funny read. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
6
Contents
8
Getting to Know YOU
12
So Whatcha Want?
14
Who Are You Anyway?
15
Landstalking153
16
So You Think You Can Plant
17
Fun Games and Random Thoughts
18
Hobo Deck Style
85
Worms Eat My Trash
86
Happy Medium Trees
88
Landscaping Mad Libs
90
For Those Who Shun the Sun
92
Oh Pretty
94
Flowering Shrubs
96
Wee Trees
98

I Always Feel Like Somebodys Watching Me
19
Right into the Danger Zone
20
You Need Help
22
Landscape Design 101
23
Landscape Magic
24
Bad Landscaping BINGO
25
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
26
These Dreams
28
Wheres My Motivation?
29
Word Find
30
Its All You
32
Win Lose or Draw
33
Walk It Off
34
You Swore There Wouldnt Be Math
37
Vive la Différence
38
You Cant Always Get What You Want
40
But If You Try Sometimes You Get What You Need
42
Tips Galore
44
Hey Tool
46
Born Free
48
Icing on the Cake
49
The Labor Party
50
Kiss My Aster Guide to Garden Fashion
51
Your Wood Friends
52
Dear Amanda
53
The Stuff Beneath Your Feet
54
Soak It Up
55
Demolition
56
For Those Who Want to Be Left Alone
57
For Those Who Seek the Light
58
Lighting Dos Donts
59
Lean Mean Evergreen
60
Soil Yourself
62
Drainage
63
Tear It Up
64
SoilChange Operation
66
WellPlanted Woodies
67
Color Me Gnome
68
Compostest Is the Mostest
70
Sandy Handy
72
Tree to Be You Me
73
Help I Need Somebody
74
Eat This
75
Reasons to Grow Your Own Food
76
Plant It Like You Mean It
78
The Khaki Pants of the Landscape
79
Big Big Trees
80
Design Hints
82
Sunny Day Real Estate
100
Annual Means Always Having to Say Goodbye
102
Antisocial Climbers
106
Grow What?
108
Herbie Fully Loaded
110
Desperately Seeking Shade
112
Nine Ways to Get Some Shade
113
What Neighbors?
114
So Youre a Lawn Freak
115
Rocks for Jocks
116
Stone Dos and Donts
117
Not Your Stepping Stone
118
Forever Yours Perennials
119
Harder to Do Longer Lasting
120
So Youre a Hippie
122
Bolder Boulders
124
So Youre a Control Freak
125
Prep School
126
I Put My Root Down
127
Timer after Timer
128
The Grass Is Always Greener
129
Weed Worries
130
Drip It Good
131
LawnTurnatives153
132
Make It Shine
133
Less Irritation through Irrigation
134
Living on the Edge
135
Cut It Out
136
Waterworld
137
Youve Got Problems
138
Going to the Dogs
139
Chore Cootie Catcher
140
Smoke a Mirrors
142
I Saw a Deadhead Sticker on a Cadillac
143
What Big Teeth You Have
144
Pinch Me
145
Light It Up
146
Cleanup Time
147
Fertilize It
148
More Bounce for the Ounce
149
Water Water Everywhere
150
Spray Pray
151
Aphids Spider Mites and Scale
152
All These Bugs
153
Weeds Happen
154
Weeds Happen 2
156
Amandas Partying Words
159
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About the author (2012)

Amanda Thomsen is a landscape designer whose blog, Kiss My Aster, can be read at http://www.kissmyaster.co/. She is a Master Gardener and has been gardening professionally for over 10 years. She is the co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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