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- Print Length: 34 pages
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- Publication Date: August 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00912U8F0
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Almost Organic: Green Gardening Tips for the Practical Gardener (Gardening with Don Book 4) Kindle Edition
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I found it very useful, I suspect the author is like me - not prepared to spend every waking hour worrying about the Plant, but happy to help, particularly if I can get a better garden out of spending on chemicals.
The book is short and to the point, and I rather like the perfectionist neighbour "Herb" and our author's attempts to learn from him.
For the price I wasn't expecting a long book - and this book delivered on what it promised that's why I give it 5-stars and recommend it for gardeners who are looking for a "middle way" with organics
The book is not pretentious, the author shares his knowledge based on his experience. I like the natural and conversational way he uses to illustrate his points.
Over the years I've learned many different gardening techniques and secrets from my mom and my grandparents, whose gardens have always been beautiful and exhuberant. Some of this tips are included in Don's book, but most of them are new to me.
Now, about the content:
Conservation of water is basic for me. Maybe because I come from a place where water is a scarce commodity in summer. The advice about watering and mowing the lawn is exactly what I wanted to read. Also, the tips to collect rain water are priceless.
Insecticides and other chemical products are not only dangerous for the environment but also very expensive. Green alternatives like the ones contained in this book are benefitial for plants and animals in general as well as for your wallet.
Whenever is possible I choose the green alternative. However, sometimes it is just not possible, at least for me. That's why I believe that "Almost Organic" is a good title and it is the kind of book I needed.
I have enjoyed the reading and learned new things that for sure I can apply to my backyard. I highly recommend this book.
I learned so much helpful info from this book, where do I start? Ladybugs are essential hunters, rain water is cheap and necessary, Fall treatments will ensure Spring health... Heck, I learned more about the N-P-K rating than I ever did as a landscaper! We should all be so lucky to have Herb as a next-door neighbor :)
I highly recommend this book to any home gardener who is looking for alternative methodology that can be simple, inexpensive and practical. You won't be disappointed.
And yes, Nauru indeed is in great jeopardy of disappearing from the world map altogether. They need our help...!
Don's book is a great middle ground for people who want to have a lovely garden, use the right things but not necessarily be stinky bug-rearing composters (and believe me, living in a small suburb you do not want your neighbors complaining about the bad smells coming from your yard!)
I've learnt a number of good tricks from Don's book and I'll be applying them as I get a chance. The best trick is how he gets rid of bugs. I absolutely detest bugs, I cannot describe how much I hate them. But Don's trick to getting rid of them is simple, elegant and cheap, without being harmful to birds who might eat dead bugs killed with nasty chemicals (and therefore eat those chemicals).
I also loved Don's tips on maintaining a good lawn. Lawns stress me out, I've never had one before and I live in a dry climate. I've seen other people (relatives, neighbors) struggle with their lawns and even ultimately go for astro-turf or rocks. Don's book gives me faith that I can actually have a lovely lawn!
Ok, I can't make this review any longer without giving away spoilers, but rest assured that this book is well worth the money. Don gives you specific, easy tips to follow, and you'll be the proud owner of a gorgeous garden soon :)