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Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener Paperback – April 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875965997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875965994
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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As the subtitle suggests, this book (an updated version of Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening , 1959) is a basic reference, not only for organic gardeners but for all gardeners. As integrated pest management becomes more important, for instance, the methods and products that have been known to organic gardeners for decades are now being investigated and appreciated by the mainstream. Composting, xeriscaping, permaculture, environment--all these and 400 or so more have complete entries. A useful introduction explains how best to use the book and suggests core sections for initial reading. Entries are cross-referenced and include further reading lists, related organizations, and key words. Common and botanical names are listed, and while food plants are entered under their common names, ornamentals and herbs are entered under their botanical names. This is an important, complete, well-arranged, and attractive reference tool. Your patrons will expect to find it in your collections.
- Carol Cubberly, Univ. of South ern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Gardens are places to renew yourself in mind and body, to reawaken to the truth and beauty of the natural world, and to feel the life force inside and around you. And the organic way to garden is safer, cheaper, and more satisfying. Organic gardeners have shown that it's possible to have pleasant and productive gardens in every part of this country without using toxic chemicals. They make their home grounds an island of purity."--Robert Rodale

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The information easy to understand and easy to follow.
Tina Hayes
I would recommend this book to any gardener as a great reference.
G. Gupton
These 690 pages will answer 95 percent of your questions.
GENE GERUE

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Supak on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've been running an organic gardening web site since 1995 and hardly a day has passed that I don't reach behind me (without looking now) and pull this book out. Many of my readers have bought this book on my suggestion and they are all happy with it too.
I like the way the book is organized, and I really like the way they stress soil health as an important component to organic gardening. As some of the reviews have noted, this book leans to cold climates, but that's no big deal, really. The information translates well for those of us lucky enough to be planting two gardens a year.
This is, first and foremost, a reference book, and a damn fine place to start....
supak.com
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Fiore on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have poked through endless shelves of gardening books, seeking the one, complete gardening book that I could use as a reference for everything! I was looking for one that would tell not only how to plant and grow things, but also how to harvest and prepare the products. How should you cut your asparagus so as not to damage the crowns? How do you dry your herbs? This was one of the few gardening books that addressed this aspect.
This was not its only outstanding characteristic. Not only does this book address the vegetable garden, it also tackles anything the home gardener is likely to face. Houseplants, trees and shrubs, ornamental plants as well as productive plants. It covers general topics, such as crop rotation, in addition to specific plants. And it is all arranged alphabetically, and nicely cross-indexed, so that you can nearly always find what you need.
The first and second time I bought this book, it was as a gift. I finally had to get it for myself as well. It is the best I have found so far.
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130 of 142 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
I thought I was getting a 700 page book on organic concepts. Instead, this is a manual which briefly deals with anything garden related. Hundreds of pages are devoted to minimal information about specific plants (I had already purchased much better documention for this purpose) and also topics such as making potpourri, designing a landscape, and making a path.
It doesn't touch on topics which I've learned elsewhere online. For instance, I've been interested in using compost tea in my garden. The book has exactly 58 words devoted to this subject. It doesn't even touch on how to make aerated compost teas or the concept of applying compost tea as a foliar feed for plant disease control.
At least everything is alphabetical (the "encyclopedia" part in the name) so it's easy to find.
If you are looking for an all-in-one book for anything garden related, this might be your book. If you are looking for specific organic gardening information, look elsewhere. You will have to dig mighty hard to find detailed organic concepts in this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 1997
Format: Paperback
"The organization of this book reflects the way you garden," says this encyclopedia's
introduction, under the sub-heading "How to Use This Book". "We've grouped information into useful, complete entries that will provide all you need to know about a particular topic, rather than spreading out facts in thousands of short entries." A simple statement, it is not fully appreciated until you go searching for something in this book and find what you're looking for in a matter of seconds. Since topics are arranged
alphabetically, if you can spell it, you can find it. Want to know how and when (among other things) to plant your corn? You'll find it between Coreopsis and Cornus. Need help with organic pest management? Look for it after Organic Matter.

The editors feel that 26 of the entries form the core of this extensive resource and can be
divided into four categories: Gardening Technique, Organic Garden Management, Food Crops and Ornamental Plants. For a beginner such as myself, I found these fundamentals extremely helpful in outlining the basics of gardening. I was easily able to apply the knowledge gained in these fundamentals to particular entries, such as roses or radishes.

Sidebars offered with many of the entries spark ideas that the average gardener may not already be taking advantage of. For example, when I was reading the Bean topic, I found an interesting inset on growing fresh sprouts right in your kitchen. And under Herbs are several helpful side entries including herbs commonly used as home health remedies.

Illustrated for clarity in all the right places, this book is sure to become one of my favorite year-round reference guides.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ruthanne on September 10, 2003
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This is a great overview book. No, it doesn't go into great depth, but it's always my first stop when I'm either curious, troubleshooting or just can't remember when to do what. Lot's of other books offer deeper info on the subject, it's not a handbook on organic technique (I recommend Eliot Coleman for that), but for quick checks and enough info to go squish that bug or leave it be, this helps.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GENE GERUE on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Like cookbooks, there are hundreds of gardening books. Where to begin? These 690 pages will answer 95 percent of your questions. After gardening for decades I still find myself taking a quick peek here before preparing soil for a specific plant. Four big categories: gardening technique, organic garden management, food crops, ornamental plants. Hundreds of specific entries quickly found. This is your basic gardening reference book.
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