Weedless Gardening

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If you love to knock yourself out digging beds, buy a better shovel. If you're looking for a no-nonsense alternative, buy this book! (Ketzel Levine, National Public Radio's Doyenne of Dirt)

"Thoroughly practical, easy-to-follow guide to good gardening Lee Reich make it sound simple, and if you follow his methods and philosophy, it is." (Dora Galitzki, Gardening Columnist, The New York Times, and Author of The Gardener's Essential Companion)

"Finally, a book filled with science-based information that insures ...

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Overview

If you love to knock yourself out digging beds, buy a better shovel. If you're looking for a no-nonsense alternative, buy this book! (Ketzel Levine, National Public Radio's Doyenne of Dirt)

"Thoroughly practical, easy-to-follow guide to good gardening Lee Reich make it sound simple, and if you follow his methods and philosophy, it is." (Dora Galitzki, Gardening Columnist, The New York Times, and Author of The Gardener's Essential Companion)

"Finally, a book filled with science-based information that insures success and frees us from busywork in the garden." (Dr. H. March Cathey, President Emeritus, American Horticultural Society)

Turning conventional wisdom on its head, Lee Reich shows how to garden for plants and good for people. Eschewing the traditional yearly digging up and working over of the soil, WEEDLESS GARDENING is an easy-to-follow, low-impact approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable garden, trees, and shrubs naturally. Say good-bye to backaches and week problems.

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Editorial Reviews

Garden Design
...the book has plenty of good information about drip irrigations, compost making, vegetable spacing and varieties, tree planting, and more.
Chicago Tribune
Lee Reich says all that digging was a waste of time. Weeks of torturous toil lie behind you.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Weeds are every gardener's nemesis, so any book promising to eliminate them is certain to excite interest. Fortunately, Reich's approach is a credible one. A former agricultural researcher for Cornell University and the USDA, Reich (Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention: A Gardener's Guide) challenges conventional gardening or gardening from the bottom up, in which the soil is turned over every spring or fall. This method exposes to light and air all the weed seeds lying dormant in the soil and encourages weed growth. Reich maintains that instead, since soil health determines plant health, gardeners should essentially create new soil by gardening as nature does from the top down. This means placing layers of newspaper over the soil to smother weed growth, covering the area year after year with mulch (which can include compost, leaves, bark chips or peat moss), then planting in that rich medium. He outlines his method in detail, offering modifications for different soil types and adding irrigation, planting, harvesting and tidying tips. Numerous charts and illustrations accompany Reich's chatty, highly literate text. He also discusses cover crops, vegetables, various types of flower garden designs, groundcovers, trees (including fruit trees), shrubs and vines, all of which can flourish under the weedless gardening technique. Reich's is a revolutionary approach to gardening, engagingly and lucidly explained. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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In Weedless Gardening, horticultural expert Lee Reich clearly and concisely offers a system of gardening patterned after Mother Nature, and is good for both plants and people. Rather that the traditional approach to annually digging up and working over the soil, Weedless Gardening provides an easy-to-follow, low-impact, effective, and environment friendly approach to planting and maintaining a flower garden, a vegetable garden, trees, and shrubs. Gardeners seeking to protect the soil, eliminate heavy work, and reduce water needs should first begin planning their gardening activities with a thorough reading of Lee Reich's Weedless Gardening!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761116967
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 132,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Reich is an author, lecturer, and consultant whose books include The Pruning Book and Weedless Gardening. Reich grows a broad assortment of fruit plants in his own garden, which has been featured in the New York Times, Organic Gardening, and Martha Stewart Living.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

How We Got Here (1)

Chapter One

Why Garden From The Top Down? (7)

Chapter Two

In The Beginning: Readying The Ground For A First-Time Planting (19)

Chapter Three

Through The Year In The Weedless Garden (41)

Chapter Four

Coaxing Planting Further Along (63)

Chapter Five

A Cornucopia Of Delectable Vegetables (97)

Chapter Six

Flowers Gardens And Herbaceous Ground Covers (147)

Chapter Seven

Trees, Shrubs, And Vines, Including Fruit Plants (167)

Epilogue (185)

Appendixes

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Rescue Your Garden from Weeds! Having read and loved Ruth Stout'

    Rescue Your Garden from Weeds!
    Having read and loved Ruth Stout's take on weed-free gardening in Gardening Without Work, I was interested to see what else I could on the topic from Lee Reich's "Weedless Gardening." Like any other gardener, I hate weeds and they're a constant thorn in my side. I've constantly wished for a way to banish them from my garden and all to no avail. This year, I think I've got it figure out...




    The book is relatively short buy incredibly useful. There are not wasted words or chapters, instead everything is clear and concise. The layout is easy to use and understand - meaning that if I ever have a question I am able to flip through and find the answer in no time at all. There are different sections for everything from mulch instruction to garden layouts, planting trees to flower gardens, and much more.




    Of all the book I've read on the subject of eliminating weeds, this is definitely a favorite. It does what it says on the tin! The methods outlined are simple and some go against common practice but they work. He even recommends abstaining from the spring tilling of your garden because it disrupts the fragile networks of bacteria in the soil. As Reich says, "Weedless gardening springs from very old methods, so old that they might be considered new."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2007

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    I enjoyed this book. It was right to the point, easy to understand and made sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    Good Ideas.

    Lots of good ideas for the home gardener. Will save many hours bending over. If your interested in a Fun and profitable way to make money from your hobby see the best seller 'Secrets to a Successful Greenhouse and Business'

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