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The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food Paperback – 2003
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“…a practical guide to growing fruits and vegetables the organic way.” – Seattle Post- Intelligencer
”Denckla’s guide to growing organic food covers 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. There are instructions on temperature, soil and water needs, planting depth and space between plants, propagation, harvesting, first and last seed-starting dates, storage requirements, and support structures when needed. With each entry is a list of selected available varieties. Denckla also tells gardeners how to control 201 pests and diseases organically.”
"A great gift for any vegetable gardener who prefers Earth-friendly methods."
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Top Customer Reviews
But times change. Denckla has created a much handier growers' resource. In this book, she catalogues 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts and offers controls for 201 pests and diseases, but better than the numbers is the way she presents the information. For each species there is a clear, concise directory for every aspect of planting, culture and storage. It is really easy to use. The single best feature may be the planting charts for annuals that make it simple to calculate when to start the first and last seeds of the season, based on last and first frost dates. Rodale's classic will never be far away, but from now on I will pick up Denckla's first.
As an organic grower for nearly four decades and a garden columnist, I'm a pretty good judge of this genre (my own collection of garden writings came out in 2008, Garden My Heart: Organic strategies for backyard sustainability). The only place I take serious exception to Denckla's advice concerns moles, which she treats as a garden pest. Moles are garden allies, consuming vast quantities of beetle larvae and other members of the enemy camp.
Otherwise the book is well organized and contains a lot of useful information, especially in regard to what plants are allys and incompatible
Aside from slightly incomplete information on the blueberries, the book is very well laid out. She lists compatible and incompatible plants for each fruit or vegetable. There is also a decent section on natural pest control in which a field guide to insects may be beneficial if you are not familiar with the creatures.
For the price, it is definitely worth getting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy the author and how it is written and set up it. As a new Gardner I really wish there were pictures to identify disease and insects.Published 6 months ago by LP
Great book. Worth the value. Gives a great breakdown on how to grow food. Must have for new growers. You won't regret the purchase.Published 14 months ago by James M.
Impressive price and quality. Item was received in a timely manner.Published 17 months ago by Gerald Berch
everything vegetable gardening easy to understand directions.Published 19 months ago by david Kuechenmeister
Didn't explain things step by step for a new gardener. It's ok for someone who knows what they are doing.Published 19 months ago by Roberta Rowland