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The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting. Like having your own personal gardening mentor at your side, A 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 The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting. Like having your own personal gardening mentor at your side, A 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, A Comic Book Guide to Growing Food makes homegrown vegetables fun and achievable.


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The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting. Like having your own personal gardening mentor at your side, A 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 The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting. Like having your own personal gardening mentor at your side, A 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, A Comic Book Guide to Growing Food makes homegrown vegetables fun and achievable.

30 review for The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food: Step-By-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    This book is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated and very informative gardening guide! As some of you may know, I’ve been tending a little container garden on my balcony for the past few years, and its the highlight of my spring, as well as an ongoing joy through the entire growing season. But even with a few years of playing in the dirt under my belt, I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and while this book may be targeting gardening newbies, I think it probably has something for everyone i This book is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated and very informative gardening guide! As some of you may know, I’ve been tending a little container garden on my balcony for the past few years, and its the highlight of my spring, as well as an ongoing joy through the entire growing season. But even with a few years of playing in the dirt under my belt, I still feel like I have a lot to learn, and while this book may be targeting gardening newbies, I think it probably has something for everyone interested in the topic! The comic book format is charming, and sets it up not as an instruction manual, but as a friendly conversation between two neighbors, George and Mia. George is a seasoned gardener with a technological problem, and Mia works with computers but kills all the plants, so they end up helping each other out with their respective challenges. From choosing where to set up your garden to picking plants from the nursery, getting your soil tested, building raised beds and handling pests; everything you need to know to set up a beautiful and bountiful garden is covered by George’s wise advice and Mia’s experimenting. The illustrations are beautiful and clear, so visual learners can pick up the ideas quickly. I loved this book, which made me look forward to spring even more than I already did! For all gardening fiends and comic book fans!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a fantastic start up guide to gardening. I only wish I’d had it eight years ago when I inherited a giant garden and got overly ambitious and only realized later how hard gardening can be if you don’t start small, simple, and with guaranteed winners. Must read if you want to start gardening but you want a hand to hold.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is an excellent book. Perfect for anyone wanting to start a vegetable garden. Written by an expert. I red the copy from my library but had to purchase my own copy as it has such valuble information in it that will help me with gardening in the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Graphic novel nonfiction. I am not a beginner gardener, but I do love always reading and learning more about gardening. This book was a quick read and packed with information. Mia is a young adult who lives by herself and is inspired to start a garden after a conversation with her elderly neighbor George. George takes Mia under his wing, passing along years worth of gardening knowledge. Mia, for her part is an eager student but also harnesses the power of her phone and the Internet. Together the Graphic novel nonfiction. I am not a beginner gardener, but I do love always reading and learning more about gardening. This book was a quick read and packed with information. Mia is a young adult who lives by herself and is inspired to start a garden after a conversation with her elderly neighbor George. George takes Mia under his wing, passing along years worth of gardening knowledge. Mia, for her part is an eager student but also harnesses the power of her phone and the Internet. Together they take Mia's yard from barren to productive, with 4 raised beds and an assortment of containers. Some of the topics covered include: determining how many hours of sun a spot in the yard gets, soil testing, building your own raised beds, the benefits of growing herbs and flowers alongside vegetables, sowing seeds, and more. One of the things I found interesting was the idea of root pruning-- when transplanting a plant that has its roots all tangled up in the shape of the former container, it may grow better if the roots are actually snipped so they are more able to reach out into the soil. A helpful guide, with great index of the informative pages and additional resources in the back matter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maddy (maddysreads)

    This was a great way to learn information about gardening. I am a visual learner so the fact that this was in graphic novel form helped me absorb the topic. I can't wait to refer back to it this summer while gardening. This book has cheat sheets throughout that are so easy to grasp! Made me excited for spring. This was a great way to learn information about gardening. I am a visual learner so the fact that this was in graphic novel form helped me absorb the topic. I can't wait to refer back to it this summer while gardening. This book has cheat sheets throughout that are so easy to grasp! Made me excited for spring.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Super cute, informative, full of great information for novice gardeners.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pam Dawling

    This is the first time I’ve reviewed a comic book, and it makes a refreshing change from my usual (less comic) gardening and farming reading. This small book, with text by Joseph Tychonievich and drawings by Liz Anna Kozik, is a delight. The art is wonderfully clear and realistic, even though they are not botanical drawings. The page of seven herbs makes them all distinguishable. The characters have character, keeping the reader engaged with the plot (oh, not a deliberate pun!) This will be a gre This is the first time I’ve reviewed a comic book, and it makes a refreshing change from my usual (less comic) gardening and farming reading. This small book, with text by Joseph Tychonievich and drawings by Liz Anna Kozik, is a delight. The art is wonderfully clear and realistic, even though they are not botanical drawings. The page of seven herbs makes them all distinguishable. 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 (of whom there are acres, as a result of Covid-19). It will also particularly help recovering failed gardeners get a fresh, more successful start. It is perfect for visual learners, gardeners with English not their first language, and young gardeners. I have a gardening friend who says her teenager reads only graphic novels and she hopes this book will lead him to do more gardening, more enthusiastically! It is easy to read/look at, entertaining and accurate (therefore helpful). The breezy, friendly conversations between the fictional characters, young novice gardener Mia (who writes code as a day job) and retired neighbor George, show a great example of food-growing (and computer help) as mutual aid. Gardening as a step to a more peaceful and productive future. The book covers location, choosing crops, timing, soil testing, bed prep, buying plants, starting seeds, planting in the garden or in containers, and maintenance. This is followed by troubleshooting, harvesting, celebrating, and a “Cheat sheet of cheat sheets” and further reading. The cheat sheets throughout step us aside from the story to dive into some aspect more deeply. Come back to those when you need them. Mia is savvy about technology, finding a compass app or a last frost date when she needs it. George has the gardening experience to share, including his ever-changing Rule #1! (Grow what you like to eat. Grow what’s easy to grow. Always grow herbs. Grow flowers. Get a soil test.) Important points are included, such as even though organic fertilizer is best, using too much is a bad thing. Check for lead in city soils and if you find it, garden elsewhere (community garden?), grow vegetables in containers of bought-in soil, or grow flowers, not food. Why is Swiss chard easier to grow than spinach? Do you actually like radishes? Packed in this little book, you will find how to build raised beds, how to mulch, how to choose healthy plants to buy, which crops do better from seed, the most important bugs to watch out for and more. Joseph the writer has been gardening most of his life, and Liz the artist clearly knows her vegetables too. What is missing that I would have included? Making compost (can be an issue in city gardens, I know); more about choosing seed varieties in stores, catalogs or online; sowing seeds (like carrots) in rows rather than individual holes. What is included that I would not have thought of? Root-pruning bought plants to encourage good outward growth. A flow chart of whether or not to water that day. Ideas for garden party snacks! The value of a smartphone as a gardening tool! This is a real book – it has an index! (Some of my readers may know I live with people who index books, and the index is a better way to judge a book than the cover!) Yes, this book works as a guide for new vegetable gardeners, and right now when you can’t garden with your neighbor physically at your side, this could be the next best thing. It packs a lot in a small space, which is probably what most of the readers are also hoping to do in their gardens! For sure, the topics are simplified, but the most important bits are all there, including plenty of cautions to help prevent common mistakes, and make it more likely that readers will continue to garden and learn in the future. There are a few resources listed at the end, useful pointers of where to turn when this book can’t get into enough details, or you’ve found a bug that the authors don’t include. This book and a smartphone will help you start growing your own food successfully.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food, we read about the tech-savvy Mia who wants to grow her own vegetable garden but does not know how to start. Mia is able to befriend her retired neighbor George who happens to be a skilled gardener. Throughout the book, Mia exchanges her knowledge in technology for George’s help with Mia’s gardening. This book is packed with excellent tips and tricks on how to garden: “finding the best location to plant, which vegetables are easiest to grow, how to pick out t The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food, we read about the tech-savvy Mia who wants to grow her own vegetable garden but does not know how to start. Mia is able to befriend her retired neighbor George who happens to be a skilled gardener. Throughout the book, Mia exchanges her knowledge in technology for George’s help with Mia’s gardening. This book is packed with excellent tips and tricks on how to garden: “finding the best location to plant, which vegetables are easiest to grow, how to pick out the healthiest plants at the store, how to test your soil, when (and when not) to water, how to protect your plants from pests,” and so much more. I recommend this book to anyone who is a visual learner, beginning gardener, looking for something new, or has struggled to grow vegetables in the past. If any of these experiences describe your past attempts, you'll find this beautifully illustrated book a great reference. The story in it is also very touching.The bonds and friendship between Mia and George gives this book a heartwarming feeling of community. I enjoyed reading about Mia and George's interactions and how they helped each other. The illustration and comic style of this book makes it seem so easy to have a garden. Now comes the real challenge of applying the skills from this book to my own garden this spring season!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carla Bayha

    When I moved into my house during the Dark Ages (i.e. before YouTube) I planted a tomato next to the house, right under the eaves. My helpful new neighbor leaned over the fence and said she was sorry to see the forsythia go. Yes, I had just dug up a small forsythia, which I thought was a weed, to make a hole to plant the tomato plant in the shade. The kindness of new found gardening friends-like the helpful neighbor in “The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food”- has guided me ever since. Joseph Tych When I moved into my house during the Dark Ages (i.e. before YouTube) I planted a tomato next to the house, right under the eaves. My helpful new neighbor leaned over the fence and said she was sorry to see the forsythia go. Yes, I had just dug up a small forsythia, which I thought was a weed, to make a hole to plant the tomato plant in the shade. The kindness of new found gardening friends-like the helpful neighbor in “The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food”- has guided me ever since. Joseph Tychonievich has done a series of always interesting gardening books, including rock gardening and plant breeding. Unlike every other vegetable gardening book, and there are many, this tells you what you really need to know and nothing more. (He does provide a list of sources to go to for the more to know part.) It’s geared to success (grow Swiss chard, not spinach) and avoiding failure: don’t buy the biggest plant in the smallest pot, and don’t plant your heat-loving plants too soon. Confession, I rarely read graphic novels, but I felt an instant kinship with George the neighbor over the fence, and novice gardener Mia, who at least has the benefit of a smartphone. I want to go to Mia’s harvest party, too! Kudos to illustrator Liz Anna Kozik for making these gardeners seem real. The best part is this book can be read by or shared with readers of all ages.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Raven Stewart

    If you’re looking for a book that not only makes you laugh, but also welcomes you into the gardening community without assuming you already have an immense amount of knowledge this is the book! Fun and light hearted, this book kept me smiling and laughing the whole way through and has me more excited than I thought imaginable to start my garden for the year!!! The information is clear and easy to understand, and is delivered in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you or make you feel inadequate. It rea If you’re looking for a book that not only makes you laugh, but also welcomes you into the gardening community without assuming you already have an immense amount of knowledge this is the book! Fun and light hearted, this book kept me smiling and laughing the whole way through and has me more excited than I thought imaginable to start my garden for the year!!! The information is clear and easy to understand, and is delivered in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you or make you feel inadequate. It really truly makes you feel as though it is a casual conversation with some one who truly adores gardening for what it is! I plan on recommending this book to anyone looking to get started in the gardening world!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Artlibrarian

    Wonderful book for kids and adults to introduce basic gardening through a conversational bold graphic style. I like that the characters portrayed are diverse and multi-generational. There is a list of additional websites and resources for soil testing, buying seeds, and more in the back of the book. Highly recommend for ages 7 and up. The drawings are beautiful from characters, settings, plants, pests, and more. I enjoyed it and you will too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    A graphic novel about gardening! Mia, is a young professional who wants to learn how to garden. Her neighbor, George, is a gardener who shows her step by step how to start and maintain a garden. A great gift for any age! Unique and fun.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Quick read, got some great ideas

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Everything is better as a comic book. This is quite adorably written and drawn and has lots of practical info for beginner gardeners. Infotainment!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Skylar Primm

    This was an amazing book for me, an aspiring school gardener and fan of Liz Anna Kozic's art. I laughed out loud while learning, which is frankly a wonderful combination. In addition to having it as a reference for gardening in our classroom, I am planning to use it as a model for students' work on informational texts! This was an amazing book for me, an aspiring school gardener and fan of Liz Anna Kozic's art. I laughed out loud while learning, which is frankly a wonderful combination. In addition to having it as a reference for gardening in our classroom, I am planning to use it as a model for students' work on informational texts!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allycat

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marti

  18. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

  19. 5 out of 5

    S

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paige Wallace

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate Gibson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clint

  23. 5 out of 5

    Em

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Koll

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Devin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mireille Messier

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