Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, 35th Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, 35th Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening

by Steve Solomon, Marina McShane


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Perfect for the experienced or beginning gardener—the bible to organic vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest, featuring extensive updates and new material
Now in its seventh edition, this complete guide to organic vegetable, herb, and flower gardening addresses issues of soil, seeds, compost, and watering. Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades has evolved from a self-published pamphlet into the master guide to organic gardening over the past thirty-five years. Steve Solomon, who founded the Territorial Seed Company, was one of the early proponents of organic gardening, and the first to codify and refine the best practices of small-plot vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. The approaches to understanding and preparing soils, composting, chemical-free fertilizers, efficient uses of water, and garden planning are universal to any climate or region. Solomon gets specific in his extensive advice on growing specific crops—from tomatoes and beans to kale and turnips—in the gentle maritime Northwest climate.

This new and updated edition includes:

· A new formula for complete organic fertilizer and how to tweak it for different soil conditions
· How-to sections for herbs and ornamental plants
· New organization for better usability
· Updated sources for appropriate seed suppliers
· Information about natural pest controls

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570619724
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 244,043
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Steve Solomon has been writing Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades since 1979. He has homesteaded in Oregon because he believed in living self-sufficiently, and he is the founder of the Territorial Seed Company. Marina McShane joined the Territorial Seed Company in 1981 working in the seed room and helping in the trial grounds. That intensive immersion into the philosophy and practices of the organic gardening of vegetables still informs her approach.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Basics 1

Chapter 2 Soil 19

Chapter 3 Composting 55

Chapter 4 Planning 73

Chapter 5 Water 97

Chapter 6 Seeds 119

Chapter 7 Transplants 141

Chapter 8 Pests 161

Chapter 9 How to Grow It 181

Chapter 10 Ornamentals and Herbs Marina McShane 319

Additional Reading 339

Index 343

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