We love to cook and eat clean, healthy food, so we grow as many of our own herbs and vegetables as possible. All of the new discoveries about how to cultivate nutrition-boosting, water-saving soil, small-space gardening and how to extend growing seasons makes it even more fun and rewarding!
And that is why we are so excited to have for you The Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Building & Maintaining Healthy Soil - Wise Watering - Pest Control Strategies - Home Composting - Dozens of Growing Guides for Fruits & Vegetables.
This newly published book harnesses the decades of wisdom and trusted advice on growing vegetables and fruits Mother Earth News has shared with millions of readers. It brings together in 272 pages all of the indispensable techniques, complete growing guides, helpful tips, useful photographs, and inspiring illustrations for which Mother is well known and loved.
You can plan for self-sufficiency with a garden focused on edibles! Choose from a variety of plans for kitchen gardens, browse strategies for small space gardening, or up your gardening game by installing and maintaining permanent beds.
Have soil concerns? This indispensable Guide will help you to really get to know your soil and understand what it do for you. Get the dirt on building fertile soil, soil pH, compost, vermicompost —even biochar. Long-time gardeners are sure to find something new, from vertical gardening to plans for extending the seasons.
That’s right, garden through the seasons with dozens of vegetable-and fruit-specific growing guides. Start with your favorites or learn to love something new (Asian greens or fruit trees, anyone?).
In slower-growing or more challenging seasons, The Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening is there to help. Whether you need to know the best vegetables to grow in the shade or the top gardening tips for soil health in winter, this book has it all.
Mother Earth News is America's leading magazine about sustainable and self-reliant living. Founded by John and Jane Shuttleworth in 1970, it is owned today by Ogden Publications of Topeka, Kansas, and boasts a growing circulation of more than half a million.
Since the magazine's founding, Mother Earth News has been a pioneer in the promotion of renewable energy, recycling, family farms, sustainable agricultural practices, better eating habits, medical self-care, more meaningful education, and affordable housing.
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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