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Good info but...,
on August 24, 2013
there's good info in the book, but I was expecting a couple of things that didn't seem to be included
1) WHAT TO PLANT WHEN
i was expecting a section called "What to plant when" which would have a chart that says: If you're in zones 1-5 you should consider planting X, Y and Z during these specific months And if youre in zones 6-10, you should consider planting A,B and C during these months.
Clearly I can get that info elsewhere, but to pay $25 for a book and to not include that seems odd.
They do have a very short list of veggies and fruits buried in one small paragraph i could find, i.e plant tomatoes in summer, plant broccolli in fall/winter, but to have to read through that list to figure out what to plant when is totally inefficient. there should be a very basic chart.
i'm a dummy, right? that's why i bought this book. the first thing a dummy needs is a 'big-picture' overview of the process. I was expecting 'road map' of sorts towards the front of the book. I don't want to have to read the entire book to plant a garden.
there's should be something like this
Step 1: Build a Raised Bed (See Chapter 1 for 'how to build a raised bed'
Step 2: Fill the Raised Bed with soil (See chapter 2 on what to use to fill the bed)
Step 3: Test Your soils pH (and make adjustments to pH if needed)
Step 4: Hook up your drip irrigation system (See chap 3 on drip irrigation)
Step 5: Select your plants (or seeds) - See chap 4 on selecting plants, disease resistant plants and seeds, what season to plant what
Step 6: Preparing the soil for planting & Plant your plants or seeds
Step 7: Watering, Maintenance Fertilizing and what to do if you see pests
Step 8: Harvesting fruits and veggies
*Step 2.5 (Optional): Nail copper tape around the perimeter to protect from snails
Organic gardening to me always implied 'fruit and veggie gardening'. This book covers organic gardening for flowers, grass, evergreens etc etc. While its good info, my focus was on organic fruit and veggie gardening and this was unexpected. my sense is most people buying the book are doing it for veggies and fruit (although i could be wrong). if that is the case, fruit and veggie should come first, then later in the book, talk about grass, evergreens, etc