Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener

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Over 400 entries of the most practical, up-to-date gardening information ever, collected from garden experts and writers nationwide!

"Gardens are places to renew yourself in mind and body, to reawaken to the truth and beauty of the natural world, and to feel the life force inside and around you. And the organic way to garden is safer, cheaper, and more satisfying. Organic gardeners have shown that it's possible to have pleasant and productive gardens in every part of this country without using toxic chemicals. ...

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Over 400 entries of the most practical, up-to-date gardening information ever, collected from garden experts and writers nationwide!

"Gardens are places to renew yourself in mind and body, to reawaken to the truth and beauty of the natural world, and to feel the life force inside and around you. And the organic way to garden is safer, cheaper, and more satisfying. Organic gardeners have shown that it's possible to have pleasant and productive gardens in every part of this country without using toxic chemicals. They make their home grounds an island of purity."—Robert Rodale

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As the subtitle suggests, this book (an updated version of Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, 1959) is a basic reference, not only for organic gardeners but for all gardeners. As integrated pest management becomes more important, for instance, the methods and products that have been known to organic gardeners for decades are now being investigated and appreciated by the mainstream. Composting, xeriscaping, permaculture, environment--all these and 400 or so more have complete entries. A useful introduction explains how best to use the book and suggests core sections for initial reading. Entries are cross-referenced and include further reading lists, related organizations, and key words. Common and botanical names are listed, and while food plants are entered under their common names, ornamentals and herbs are entered under their botanical names. This is an important, complete, well-arranged, and attractive reference tool. Your patrons will expect to find it in your collections.-- Carol Cubberly, Univ. of South ern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
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Attitudes have changed in the 32 years since the first edition, and the idea of eschewing chemical pesticides and fertilizers in favor of compost piles, crop rotation, and other such means of growing healthy plants has broader acceptance. The Encyclopedia sets forth the basics, with entries on a large number of plants and their cultivation, soil preparation methods, pests, garden plans, etc. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875965994
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.58 (d)

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    I've used this book often

    Great resource with loads of information. Must have for anyone who gardens organically. This gardening encyclopedia takes you from A-Z with entries on composting, individual vegetable, fruit, and herb information and more. I bought this in paperback and now wish I had purchased it in hardback because I use it so much! Also great for beginner gardeners.

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