Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening

When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie’s language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy GardenRodale’s Basic Organic Gardening
By Deborah L. Martin
Rodale
Retail Price $19.99
Amazon Price: $15.17

 

 

Book Description: 

When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie’s language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.In Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening, general garden-building skills (from “Do I need to dig?” to “Where do I dig?”) and specific techniques (from “How do I plant a seed?” to “How much should I water?”) are presented in growing-season order—from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control, and weeds are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try. More than 100 common garden terms are defined, and Smart Starts sidebars offer doable projects to build confidence and enthusiasm for expanding a garden when a gardener is ready. A flower, vegetable, and herb finder highlights easycare plants with good track records. Plus, there are no-dig garden methods, simple garden layouts, and tips and hints inspired by the most popular page views on OrganicGardening.com.With a “no question is unwelcome” approach, a troubleshooting section lessens frustrations and encourages experimentation. Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening is everything a beginning gardener (or one who’s new to gardening organically) needs to get growing and keep a garden going strong all season.

Review

This is a classic guide to growing flowers, fruit, and vegetables the natural, chemical-free way. Whether you want to grow better-tasting fruit and vegetables untainted by chemicals, find natural methods of pest and weed control, or create a garden that is safer for your children, pets, and wildlife, Organic Gardening is your practical, easy-to-follow guide to gardening with, rather than against, nature. This book reflects eco-friendly thinking and techniques that are easy to implement.

I garden pretty extensively and try to grow as much of my own food as I can, so I am pretty serious about organic gardening. I wish I had this book years ago when I was just starting out, but it is still very useful to me now. It is the first thing I pick up when I want to consider growing a new type of plant, or wish to double check that my approach is sound.

This is an all around reference.  It has plenty of tips for saving seed and dealing with pests and disease and is really a fantastic overall reference.  I have yet to see anything better.

~Reviewed by Jan B.

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