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Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food
     

Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

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by Tanya L. K. Denckla, Stephen Alcorn (Other)
 

Enjoy the pleasures of growing your own delicious organic food. This plant-by-plant guide includes profiles of more than 765 tasty varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. In addition to expert advice on selecting suitable plants and growing, harvesting, and storing them, this invaluable resource includes more than 100 tried-and-true organic remedies that

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Enjoy the pleasures of growing your own delicious organic food. This plant-by-plant guide includes profiles of more than 765 tasty varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. In addition to expert advice on selecting suitable plants and growing, harvesting, and storing them, this invaluable resource includes more than 100 tried-and-true organic remedies that fight off diseases and pests. Get out in your vegetable garden and discover how easy and fun it is to grow your own healthy food. 

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“…a practical guide to growing fruits and vegetables the organic way.” – Seattle Post- Intelligencer

”Denckla’s guide to growing organic food covers 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. There are instructions on temperature, soil and water needs, planting depth and space between plants, propagation, harvesting, first and last seed-starting dates, storage requirements, and support structures when needed. With each entry is a list of selected available varieties. Denckla also tells gardeners how to control 201 pests and diseases organically.”

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"A great gift for any vegetable gardener who prefers Earth-friendly methods."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Library Journal
Packed with useful and comprehensive information, these first two titles in Storey's new "Potting Bench" reference series will be a boon to gardeners who enjoy starting plants from seed. First self-published in 1991 as Gardening at a Glance and then reissued in 1994 as The Organic Gardener's Home Reference, Denckla's updated work covers organically growing 765 varieties of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. She opens with general information on organic gardening and then provides exhaustive horticultural details in entries arranged by common name. These entries include scientific name, culture, siting, size, first and last seed-starting dates, insects/pests, storage, and suggested varieties. Fruit and nut entries offer bearing age and pruning recommendations. The next section offers remedies for organically controlling 201 pests and diseases. Each pest/disease entry includes a description, plants affected, geographic occurrence, signs, and organic remedies. However, the gardener must first determine which pest/disease is causing the trouble; unfortunately, there are no photographs to aid in identification. The thoroughly revised appendixes include a short section on the new National Organic Standards adopted in 2000. Powell, the proprietor of a landscaping firm that specializes in small gardens, addresses how to grow 542 annuals, perennials, grasses, bulbs, and climbers from seed and ferns from spores. After introductory material on how to start and care for seedlings, Powell comes to the heart of her book: A-to-Z entries arranged by genus. Each entry features genus description, plant type, hardiness zones, and sowing and germination requirements, as well as detailed information on transplanting, culture, propagation, and suggested combinations with other plants. The third section offers small color photographs of selected plants. The fourth section is a species chart briefly citing size, hardiness, and cultural information. Appendixes include seed sources, native plant societies, and a common names index. Concise, easy to use, and nicely laid out, these two titles are recommended for horticulture and public libraries. Buy extra copies for circulation.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580173704
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
569,294
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.13(d)

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Meet the Author

Tanya Denckla Cobb is a writer, a professional environmental mediator at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and a teacher of food system planning at the University of Virginia. She is passionate about bringing people together to find common ground and create solutions for mutual gain. She co-founded a community forestry nonprofit organization, served as Executive Director of the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and facilitated the birth of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Virginia Food System Council. At home, she enjoys the restorative energy of gardening and cooking from her garden. She lives in Virginia and is the author of Reclaiming Our Food and The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food.

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Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is chock full of useful information, including individual listings in several categories such as vegetables, fruits and nuts, and herbs. Each listing contains detailed information including starting seeds, soil and water needs, pests and diseases, allies and companions, plus characteristics of individual varieties. There is also a section on organic remedies, which includes descriptions of diseases and pests, plants affected, signs of infestation, and suggested methods of control ... all organic, of course. My favorite section deals with companion planting. This section lists plant allies, which plants will benefit, which pests will be controlled, and other benefits such as improving growth and flavor, repelling insects, attracting beneficial insects, adding nutrients, and improving soils. As an avid gardener, I am totally satisfied with this book. It is well organized, easy to use and understand, and is a great source of information. I would definitely recommend it to other gardeners.