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Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening Paperback – April 18, 2005
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The first 30 pages are dedicated to the history of the organic movement and the basic design recommendations for an organic garden.
The next 70 pages cover the basics of soil care, watering, weed control, plant health and raising plants.
The next 100 pages cover various garden aspects like lawn care, woody plants, garden flowers, container gardening, gardening for wildlife and the use of greenhouses and covers.
Another 100 pages cover growing fruit, herbs and vegetables. This section alone is larger than 90% of most gardening book and well worth the price of the book alone.
It has the standard appendix and reference sections you would expect for a gardening book but a surprising extra is the H.D.R.A Organic Guidelines for Gardeners that is included as an appendix. I didn't even know such a thing existed until I read this book. Absolutely wonderful!
That being said - this is an Encyclopedia. It's a good place to go for basic knowledge and quick reference, but for the nitty gritty details you may need in depth books on a specific topic. For instance, if you are just doing compost for your garden, this will get you started. It will tell you how compost works, how to make a composter, and what kinds of stuff you can put in your compost. However, if you want to know EVERYTHING about compost, like how to make it happen super fast, or what microorganisms specifically are doing the composting - you'll want a book on compost. Similarly with seed starting - it's a very good, basic overview of how to start seeds. It will get you started in the vegetable garden. But for strange wildflowers that take XYZ temperature for XYZ duration, you're going to need a book on wildflowers.
This is still the first book I go to whenever I have a question. And so far it has had a great deal of the answers - all with pretty pictures! I am buying the newest version of this for my library, so they can be up to date, and everyone can use it!
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This 2002/ 2005 edition is far better than the newer 2009 edition. It's organized in a way that is easy to follow and instructional, with lots of photos to identify plants pests,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jc vt
I love this book! It has been very helpful for my gardening and fruit trees.Published 16 months ago by Kelly M.
This has a ton of info and was way more advanced than I needed to take care of my backyard garden. However the book has great photos and index.Published 16 months ago by james reddrick
very good book. such widespread information about everything from fruits and vegetables, as well as problems with the plants. excellent pictures throughout the book.Published on November 26, 2013 by Janette L.
As a novice Gardner this book has been great! The pictures help & there's plenty of excellent info at my fingertips.Published on July 10, 2013 by Kristin N Thompson
A very well organized, in depth, and concise look at organic gardening. A must have for anyone interested in the subject.Published on July 9, 2013 by Kevin
Very good book, highly recommended. Very informative and easy to follow instructions and problem solving for organic gardening.
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An organic gardening friend shared it with me. It appeared more user friendly and visually accurate than other books I owned. It is user friendly!!!Published on May 23, 2013 by Judy Eigelsbach