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.

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"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." ...

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"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." ...

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"In an attempt to explain the various aspects of growing vegetables, many gardening books use lots of scientific names and difficult-to-understand concepts. Finally, No Guff Vegetable Gardening by Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs, offers a no-nonsense approach in plain language that is easy to understand." ...

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"In this charming, zestful and funny book, Donna & Steve de-bunk false garden advice, gadgets, gimmicks & claims while providing great information and wisdom for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Highly recommended!"

Michelle and Rob Avis
Verge Permaculture Inc. 

"At last a book about vegetable gardening that doesn't take itself so seriously.... The charm of this book is that it's a lot of fun to explore visually; easy to read even if you aren't a vegetable gardener; and it's super-opinionated but with good sense. Hallelujah, a sense of humour that isn't full of manure."

Marjorie Harris
Globe and Mail columnist and author of Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style

You feel like you are eavesdropping with ears eagerly picking up tasty bits of wisdom from years of practice, trial, and error.

Donna Dawson, Master Gardener

"Love the over-the-garden fence style of the book and all the first-hand advice, not to mention the way you make sense of complex issues like soil composition and microbial activity.” 

Lorraine Flanigan

In late 2010, with our manuscript in the hands of a focus group of dedicated readers, we heard what we hoped for:

“Delightful. A good read. Love the bite-sized pieces of information.”

“Fresh and different. Fun approach and very useful.”

“Liked the humorous banter between Donna and Steve and how you chose to agree to disagree. Loved the little stories…Steve's aphid salad etc.”

“It’s a quick style that takes the reader through it rather quickly and though there’s a lot of information, the reader isn’t required to think or remember too much because the most important points are summarized.”

“It's looking fantastic

“The formula is great; engaging, dynamic and varied.”

Garden Coaches Chat: No Guff. Lots of fun.
Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs
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