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Posted December 18, 2007
Rodale-published books prefer environmentally-friendly ways of growing plants. The organic way checks soil health by temperature, light, drainage, and air. It's composting, to fertlize naturally and bring in soil good-guys such as earthworms. It's deadheading, pinching, and pruning for good air and light. It's following correct planting depth and spacing. It's matching spot with plant, such as cabbage in sunny, well-drained rich soil. It's mulching to even temperatures, hold in moisture, and stop weeds. It's planting companion, cover and rotated crops to bring in good guys such as ladybugs, discourage disease, and fix nitrogen. It's watering early and regularly, for moist soil at least 6 inches down. Chapters alphabetize plants and problems, Alternaria blight through Wireworms. For every vegetable, Fern Marshall Bradley describes the best planting spots, styles and times. She gives harvesting tips, and warnings of troubles ahead. She includes pointers on potted plant growing. The author adds an illustrated key to garden insects, larvae and nymphs. She lists Internet resources, and recommended reading. And she makes everything easy-to-find, by alphabetizing chapters and ending with an index.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.