Compost your old "complete" gardening guide.
There's a new way of gardening in Texas that's healthier for people and the environment, more effective at growing vigorous plants and reducing pests, cheaper to maintain and just more fun!
It's Howard Garrett's (aka The Dirt Doctor) "The Natural Way" organic gardening program and it is explained, step by step, right here in Texas Gardening the Natural Way.
This book is the first, state-of-the-art organic handbook for Texas, and it presents a total gardening program
Texas Gardening the Natural Way is a fully illustrated guide to organic gardening in the Lone Star State that educates readers about and shows them how to plan, plant and maintain beautiful gardens, lawns and landscapes without using chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides, while also instructing on gardening fundamentals and much more.
This comprehensive guides features information on more than 600 native and adaptable plants, more than any other guide on the market. It also has organic product recommendations and resources, and readers will enjoy and benefit from the 833 gorgeous, full-color photos that in the book.
Here's a listing of some of topics covered:
Gardening fundamentals: soils, landscape design, planting techniques and maintenance practices
Trees: 134 species
Shrubs and specialty plants: 85 species for sun, shade and all seasons
Ground covers and vines: 51 species for sun and shade
Annual and perennials: 136 species for sun, shade, seasonal flooring, etc. Also includes seeding rates for wildflowers
Lawn grasses: 10 species for sun or shade, additional information on 16 native grasses, seeding rates for 32 grasses and suggested mowing heights
Fruits, nuts and vegetables: 58 species, with a vegetable planning chart and information on gardening by the moon
Herbs: 66 species for culinary and medicinal purposes
Bugs: 73 species of helpful and harmful bugs and more
Plant diseases: organic treatment for 55 common problems
Organic management practices
Average first and last freeze dates
Organic fertilizers and soil amendments: 61 varieties, including full instructions for making compost
Organic pest control products: 30 varieties
Common house plants and poisonous plants
Instructions for climbing vegetable structures and bat houses
Whew! What an amazing, informative and beneficial book that is THE perfect gift for any gardener, beginning gardener who wants to work in partnership with Mother Earth for health and sustainability!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Howard Garrett is a nationally syndicated organic gardening/living radio talk show host, author 15 books on organic growing, columnist (Organic Answers) for the Dallas Morning News, chairman of the Texas Organic Research Center, past member of the Organic Advisory Board of the Texas Department of Agriculture, arborist and landscape architect.
He has extensive experience in landscape contracting, greenhouse growing, and organic product development. Howard has devoted his life to establishing a leadership role in the organic movement and the natural organic marketplace, and he provides advice on natural organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control and natural living.
In 1985, the birth of Howard's daughter Logan was the turning point in his education into organic gardening, landscaping, farming and ranching.
By 1988, he had committed his entire career to the research, education and promotion of organic products and practices. In addition to teaching organics to homeowners, he began the conversion of numerous commercial projects such as the Frito-Lay National Headquarters in Plano. Howard's work also includes research on natural organic planting techniques, use of native and well adapted introductions and water saving solutions.
Known as "the Dirt Doctor", he has a popular organic gardening program, The Natural Way, on WBAP-820 AM radio, a weekly column in the Dallas Morning News, a monthly Dirt magazine, and is a sought-after and regional and national speaker.
I'm determined to turn my husband into an organic urban farmer, and this book — highly recommended by my uber-gardener friends — helped get him off to a great start! (See below the 70+ healthy basil seedlings he is growing from seed! And, there still are lots of seeds left in the one packet he used! Just think of all of the money we've saved, and we know that all of the plants are being grown organically. Fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil salads here we come!)
Before it was a book, The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food was organic gardener Tanya L. K. Denckla's highly prized personal database, the distillation of years of careful research and hands-on, real-life, dirt-under-the-fingernails experience in growing her own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts.
Now available to all, this easy-to-read sourcebook offers much to gardeners of all skill levels, answering questions quickly and authoritatively so more time can be spent enjoying the garden.
Six comprehensive chapters cover vegetables, fruits and nuts, herbs, organic remedies, and allies and companions. Within each chapter plants are arranged alphabetically, making needed information eminently accessible.
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food covers 765 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts. Individual plant entries provide specific information on planting; temperature; soil and water needs; measurements; seed-starting dates; pests, diseases, allies, companions, and incompatibles, as applicable; when to harvest; how to store produce; and overviews of selected varieties.
Fully half of the book is dedicated to organic remedies that can prevent or combat 201 plant diseases and garden pests. Hundreds of common diseases and pests are discussed, as well as which plants are likely to be affected, how to recognize the problem, and tried-and-true natural remedies.
The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food demystifies how to work collaboratively with the complex natural systems of the environment AND makes gardening a little easier and definitely more fun!
Ready to get your organic urban farmer on? Get this and get growing! We are!
Tanya Denckla Cobb is a writer, a professional environmental mediator at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and a teacher of food system planning at the University of Virginia.
She is passionate about bringing people together to find common ground and create solutions for mutual gain. She co-founded a community forestry nonprofit organization, served as Executive Director of the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and facilitated the birth of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Virginia Food System Council.
At home, she enjoys the restorative energy of gardening and cooking from her garden. She lives in Virginia and is the author of Reclaiming Our Food, The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, and Organic Gardener’s Home Reference.
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