Grow Organic offers essential insights to help gardeners of all skill levels achieve their organic potential. Nine chapters include the lowdown on composting, companion planting, organic pest control, soil management and much more - with an invaluable Friends of the Organic Gardener source guide appendix.
|Publisher:||St. Lynn's Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.96(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Doug Oster is a garden columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the co-host of two weekly radio shows on KDKA in Pittsburgh and a national show heard weekly on Sirius/Lime radio. He is also the co-author of Grow Organic, Over 250 Tips and Ideas for Growing Flowers, Veggies, Lawns, and More.
Jessica Wallliser is an ornamental horticultrist and the co-host of two weekly live radio shows heard on KDKA in Pittsburgh and a national show heard on Sirius/Lime radio. She is also the co-author of Grow Organic, Over 250 Tips for Growing Flowers, Veggies, Lawns and More.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It has so much information without being overwhelming. It makes everything seem doable and it actually is when you try. Too many good things to write about.
I love this book. I don't know how so much information can be in this book. Everytime I look up something... it is there. In fact, I treasure this book so much I have bought numerous copies as gifts. This is a must have for any level of gardening!
So, you want to know everything about organic gardening but don¿t know what to ask? No problem. Just pick up a copy of the new book Grow Organic by Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser. The book has 'over 250 Tips, and Ideas for Growing Flowers, Veggies, Lawns, and More,' which means you won't have to ask any questions to get a good handle on understanding the ins and outs of organic gardening. The authors say they will 'arm you with all the know-how you'll need to garden organically.' And that they will 'be with you every step of the way.' One of the first steps taken is to explain the term 'organic.' Eaters everywhere are ever more concerned about the ingredients in processed foods. Doug and Jessica want gardeners to return to the old ways of gardening, pre WWII, when 'our great-grandparents gardened.' That was before the introduction of hamful chemicals now used in many gardens and on many more farms. Using 'scare tactics' in a friendly manner, Jessica and Doug list nine pieces of 'information' about why you should switch to organic gardening. Information such as: 'Kids who grow up around conventional lawn and garden chemicals are 6½ times more likely to get leukemia than kids who grow up in an untreated environment,' and the '67 million pounds of chemicals applied to residential lawns each year.' (The authors add: 'These are scary facts, and there are lots more where they came from.' I do not doubt the words of the authors, however, a list of sources for the facts would have been appropriate.) In Chapter 2, 'Taking The Leap,' Doug and Jessica explain the necessary steps needed to wean a garden off the ' 'steroids' of chemical fertilizers' and convert it to 'natural care.' For the beginning organic gardener, this Chapter is most helpful. Jessica and Doug lay out a six-step process that is clear and understandable. At the end of each Chapter, Doug and Jessica share their organic gardening knowledge with readers in their 'Tells All' section. This is a personal touch I found very warm and informative ¿ a lot like talking across the garden gate with your next-door neighbor. The authors also include end of chapter tips, tricks, and useful anecdotes on many aspects of organic gardening. No gardening book would be complete without a chapter on the health of soil and Jessica and Doug have done an exceptional job with their Chapter 'The Real Dirt ¿ Organic Soil Management' in Grow Organic. This Chapter stands out as one of the most important keys in our understanding as gardeners of the health of the soil in our gardens and its relationship to the plants, flowers, and vegetables we grow. Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser have given gardeners an impressive tool to use to help them become not only better gardeners, but also better stewards of the land. Grow Organic should be on every gardener's book shelf, within easy reach.