Bob Flowerdews Organic Bible

Bob Flowerdews Organic Bible

by Bob Flowerdew
     
 
The aim of organic gardening is simply to acheive the right balance between ecologically sound and environmentally friendly practice. If we create a healthy soil in which a wide variety of plants can flourish, we also establish a food chain in which a wide variety of plants can flourish, we also establish a food chain in which predators and prey maintain a natural

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The aim of organic gardening is simply to acheive the right balance between ecologically sound and environmentally friendly practice. If we create a healthy soil in which a wide variety of plants can flourish, we also establish a food chain in which a wide variety of plants can flourish, we also establish a food chain in which predators and prey maintain a natural balance—and do much of the pest control for us. Plants want to grow—the organic gardener's task is to remove obstacles from their path. This means choosing the right plant for the right place; providing the right type of soil, the right temperature, and the right amount of moisture; and protecting those plants that need it early in life or in adverse conditions. In this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide—abundantly illustrated with color photos of his own garden—Bob Flowerdew shows you how to work with nature to make a garden that's both beautiful and bountiful. Among the author's previous books are The Companion Garden and The Complete Fruit Book.

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Author and BBC organic gardening expert Flowerdew's book, beautifully illustrated with color photographs, introduces organic gardening principles, techniques, and pest controls. He also demonstrates how to grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit organically. The fruit and vegetable sections include specific cultural information and recommended cultivars, while less information is available on flowers, shrubs, and herbs. Because of its British slant and the relatively brief cultural information included, North American gardeners may prefer books from Rodale's "Successful Organic Gardening" series, which cover everything from perennials to herbs to vegetables in separate volumes. Beginners will also find Maria Rodale's Organic Gardening (Rodale, 1998) or Karan Davis Cutler's Burpee: The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener (IDG, 1998) good introductions to the organic method. Shapiro, agricultural director of Seeds of Change (an organic seed company), and Harrisson, a freelance writer, introduce a selection of ecologically sensitive methods of farming applicable to home gardeners. Biointensive, kinship, biodynamic, and permaculture gardening systems are profiled. The authors also include suggestions on how to conserve soil and water and stress the need to preserve genetic diversity through growing plants and saving their seeds or plant breeding, offering techniques for both. There is also an interesting discussion of the problems created by current chemical-based farming practices and the techniques that can be used to alleviate these problems. Recommended for those interested in alternative organic farming and gardening practices.--Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856262804
Publisher:
Kyle Cathie Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.76(d)

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