The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food: Step-by-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone (Paperback)

The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food: Step-by-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone By Joseph Tychonievich, Liz Anna Kozik (Illustrator) Cover Image
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The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful raised bed vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting.

“A fun read packed with practical advice, it’s the perfect resource for new gardeners, guiding you through every step to plant, grow, and harvest a thriving and productive food garden.”—Joe Lamp’l, founder and creator of the Online Gardening Academy

Like having your own personal gardening mentor at your side, The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food is the story of Mia, an eager young professional who wants to grow her own vegetables but doesn't know where to start, and George, her retired neighbor who loves gardening and walks her through each step of the process. Throughout the book, "cheat sheets" sum up George's key facts and techniques, providing a handy quick reference for anyone starting their first vegetable garden, including how to find the best location, which vegetables are easiest to grow, how to pick out the healthiest plants at the store, when (and when not) to water, how to protect your plants from pests, and what to do with extra produce if you grow too much.

If you are a visual learner, beginning gardener, looking for something new, or have struggled to grow vegetables in the past, you'll find this unique illustrated format ideal because many gardening concepts--from proper planting techniques to building raised beds--are easier to grasp when presented visually, step by step. Easy and entertaining, The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food makes homegrown vegetables fun and achievable.

About the Author

Joseph Tychonievich was named by Organic Gardening magazine as one of six young horticulturalists who are helping shape how America gardens. He writes regularly for national gardening magazines such as Fine Gardening and Horticulture, and is a repeated guest on NPR's Splendid Table and popular gardening podcasts such as A Way to Garden. Joseph is the author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener and Rock Gardening, and he gives gardening presentations to audiences across the country. He lives with his husband, two cats, a dog, and an absurd number of plants in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Liz Anna Kozik is a comics illustrator with an MFA in design, and currently in a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on environmental studies and native plants.

Praise For…

“This small book . . . is a delight. The art is wonderfully clear and realistic . . . the characters have character, keeping the reader engaged with the plot (oh, not a deliberate pun!). This will be a great book for new gardeners.”Comics Journal

“Unlike the typical weighty garden tome—so many pages, so much jargon!—this book is light, bright and welcoming, the very opposite of intimidating.”San Jose Mercury News

“Joseph and Liz bring the fun to food gardening! But this innovative book is also packed with solid garden advice that will help you grow a bumper crop of homegrown vegetables. Essential reading for every would-be vegetable gardener.”—Niki Jabbour, author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, and Growing Under Cover
“Get ready to learn and laugh! The adventures of George and Mia will help all vegetable gardeners along the path of creating a sustainable space for growing food. This breezy, funny cartoon gives us hard facts and sound advice on positioning the vegetable garden, soil testing, choosing plants, and more—and simultaneously shows us how strong friendships are made over gardens and food. This is one to own and share, and I plan on doing both!”Ivette Soler, garden designer and author of The Edible Front Yard

“Don’t be fooled by how entertaining this book is: A next generation of vegetable gardeners is about to get an insider’s immersion course in smart gardening, thanks to Joseph and Liz.”—Margaret Roach, gardening author and founder of A Way to Garden podcast, radio show, and blog

“Equally charming and useful, this illustrated introduction to gardening is a delightful resource for anyone looking to dig into homegrown veggies.”—Publisher’s Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984857262
ISBN-10: 1984857266
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021
Pages: 176
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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