Weedless Gardening

Weedless Gardening


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Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich, Michael A. Hill

Conventional wisdom says to garden from the bottom up, turning over the soil every spring until your back aches. Ironically, this does such a good job aerating that gardeners spend the rest of the season pulling weeds and replacing the suddenly energized (and easily used up) nutrients. Mother nature, on the other hand, gardens from the top down-layering undisturbed soil with leaves and other organic materials. In following this example and synthesizing the work of other perceptive gardeners, Lee Reich presents a compelling new system called weedless gardening.

The Weedless Garden is good for plants and it's good for people. It protects the soil, contributes to plant health, reduces water needs, cuts down on a gardener's labor, encourages earthworms and, of course, mitigates weed problems by keeping the seeds dormant. Four basic tenets form the system's backbone-minimize soil disruption; protect soil surface; avoid soil compaction; use drip irrigation-and the way to get there is simple. For a new bed or established garden, layering is key, and the perfect material to use is also among the most common-newspaper. Add organic mulch and compost on top, and plants are growing in rich, self-generating humus. From vegetable gardening to flower gardens to planting trees, shrubs, and vines, The Weedless Garden works everywhere-allowing the gardener to work quite a bit less.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761116967
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 86,852
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Dr. Lee Reich dove into gardening with one foot in academia as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and Cornell University. He is an author, consultant, speaker, and columnist for the Associated Press. His goal is to get more people to grow more food sustainably and organically.

Table of Contents


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)


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Weedless Gardening 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was right to the point, easy to understand and made sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'