- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Kales Press; Second Edition edition (September 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967007690
- ISBN-13: 978-0967007694
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Elements of Organic Gardening Hardcover – September 7, 2007
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About the Author
The Prince of Wales, heir to the British throne, is devoted to gardening and nature conservation. Stephanie Donaldson is the gardening editor of Country Living magazine. Andrew Lawson is one of the world's leading garden photographers.
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The book covers the time-honored principles of composting, crop rotation and water conservation that we've ignored for too long at our own peril. In a modest, personable style, Charles talks about his use of ducks and birds to naturally control pests such a slugs and snails, and the use of natural insecticides made from garlic extract to control bugs. He shares his ideas on the virtues of seasonal planting to work with nature's calendar rather then against it (Do we really need strawberries all year round?), and extols the traditional values of husbandry -- the care and cultivation of resources as well as crops -- since you can't have one without the other.
As you travel through the pages, the heir to the English throne gives an intimate tour of each individual area of his extensive Highgrove gardens; The Productive Gardens, where rare heirloom varieties of fruit and veg provide vivid flavors, and The Ornamental Gardens, where planting provides food for the soul. We stroll with Charles on his don't-call-it-a-lawn, flat, strictly non-monoculture, mossy green lawn-type areas, which are made up of a myriad green plants and what some might term weeds (what is a weed but something different that dares to stick its head above the uniform?). Precisely manicured and mown, with stripes that would make any Englishman proud, these areas perhaps illustrate best that fact that you don't have to compromise to go organic. Don't mistake this for a dry gardening tome, whether you're a royalist or a republican, whether you have an acre or a plant pot to play with, this holistic approach to gardening -- and ultimately life -- makes for an invigorating philosophical read.