Organic Gardening

The Natural No-Dig Way

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Author: Charles Dowding

Publisher: Green Books

ISBN: 9780857840899

Category: Gardening

Page: 239

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In this new full-colour edition of Organic Gardening, Charles Dowding shares the wealth of his experience, explaining his approach to soil and plants and revealing the range of techniques that have enabled him to grow healthy and vibrant crops for decades. Charles has been practising no-dig organic growing for over 30 years. In this new, full-colour edition of Organic Gardening he shares the wealth of his experience, explaining his approach to soil and plants and revealing the range of techniques that have enabled him to grow healthy and vibrant plants for decades. His success is based on some key principles: • No-dig enhances soil structure and encourages healthy growth, especially when soil life is encouraged and multiplied through the addition of good compost and manure. • Organic matter is best spread on the surface – just leave it on top and let the worms take it in, aerating the soil as they do so. • When starting with weedy soil there is a period of three to twelve months, depending on weed types, when the emphasis is on cleaning and improving the soil. • Using a no-dig method you can easily control weeds with just a little hand weeding or hoeing every ten days or so, when weeds are small. Based on this approach and his experience of a system of permanent, slightly raised beds, Charles shows you how to grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to sow, plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases.

Lasagna Gardening

A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!

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Author: Patricia Lanza

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9780875967950

Category: Gardening

Page: 244

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Explains how to use a system of layered mulch materials, including newspaper, leaves, and grass clippings, to provide a nutrient-rich base for healthy gardens and robust flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits

Starter Vegetable Gardens

24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

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Author: Barbara Pleasant

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1603425292

Category: Gardening

Page: 179

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Presents a guide to cultivating an efficient and beautiful vegetable garden, from growing seedlings to preventing diseases, and provides twenty-four different plans for optimum crop yield.

101 Organic Gardening Hacks

Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden

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Author: Shawna Coronado

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1591866626

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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Create simple solutions for growing organic gardens! The word "hack" has a multitude of meanings these days, but if you ask garden author Shawna Coronado what a hack is, she might just wave her hand toward her own back yard. She could be pointing at the garden bench she created from leftover wood posts and a few cinder blocks, or the rows of wine bottles buried soldier-style along a winding pathway, or even the garden soil itself, which is blended by hand from an organic soil recipe she devised. A hack is really just a great idea that's come to life. In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you'll find the top tips, tricks, and solutions Shawna has dreamed up in her career as one of America's most creative gardeners. Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to "upcycle" everyday items in your garden. One characteristic every hack shares is that they are completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly. Divided into a dozen different categories for easy reference, each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it. If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green living values right at home, you'll love paging through this fascinating, eye-catching book.

Vertical Gardening

Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

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Author: Derek Fell

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1605290831

Category: Gardening

Page: 384

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Shares methods of growing vegetables, flowers, and fruits vertically with tips on choosing a site, composting, and controlling weeds, pests, and disease.

No Dig Organic Home & Garden

Grow, Cook, Use, and Store Your Harvest

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Author: Charles Dowding,Stephanie Hafferty

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781856233019

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

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No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden, including how to: * Make compost and enrich soil * Learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg * Harvest and prepare food year round * Make natural cosmetics, cleaning products, and garden preparations The no dig approach works as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors' combined experience covers methods of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, and includes recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably, and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. An acknowledged expert in no dig and author of a half-dozen books on the subject, Charles' advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She creates delicious seasonal recipes made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.

Salad Leaves for All Seasons

Organic Growing from Pot to Plot

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Author: Charles Dowding

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780857844668

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

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This compendium of practical methods for growing a wide variety of salads throughout the year will inspire you to grow your own greens, whether on a windowsill, in your garden, or on your allotment. Here is all the information you need for productive, healthy, and tasty salads. The subtleties of salad seasons and virtues of different leaves throughout the year are discussed and there are delicious and imaginative recipes to try, exploiting the fantastic flavors, color, and vitality of home-grown salad leaves.

Natural Companions

The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations

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Author: Ken Druse

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 161312337X

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

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In Natural Companions, acclaimed garden writer Ken Druse presents recipes for perfect plant pairings using diverse species that look great together and bloom at the same time. Organized by theme within seasons, topics include color, fragrance, foliage, grasses, edible flowers and much more, all presented in photographs of gardens that show planted combinations from a wide variety of climates and conditions. Natural Companions also features more than one hundred special botanical images of amazing depth and color created in collaboration with artist Ellen Hoverkamp using modern digital technology. Filled with an incredible amount of horticultural guidance, useful plant recommendations, and gardening lore—all written in Druse’s charming, witty style—this book is a must-have for gardeners and lovers of plants and flowers. Praise for Natural Companions: “Druse and Hoverkamp have made a splendid book that will be useful to careful gardeners and armchair botanists alike.” —American Scientist "Provides seasonal tips on planting flowers that bloom (and look lovely) together. Whether or not you have a patch of dirt, you'll dig the book's stunning, hyper-detailed photography." —Wall Street Journal “An engaging blend of humor (the punning titles are rib-ticklers), garden history, botanical knowledge, and practical advice . . ." —Organic Gardening "Foodies have bread and chocolate. Romantics have Rogers and Astaire. Now, in Natural Companions, garden expert Ken Druse presents the perfect partners of the plant world…" —New York Spaces

Square Foot Gardening

A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work

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Author: Mel Bartholomew

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781579548568

Category: Gardening

Page: 346

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A new edition of the classic gardening handbook details a simple yet highly effective gardening system, based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares, that produces big yields with less space and with less work than with conventional row gardens. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.

Companion Planting

Bob's Basics

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Author: Bob Flowerdew

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1620872765

Category: Gardening

Page: 112

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According to Flowerdew, the key to successful organic gardening is working with nature, rather than against it, to get your plants to thrive. This practice is called companion planting, and it is explained in this volume with a style that is both no-nonsense and reader-friendly. Topics range from plants that compete for nutrients to plants that enrich their soil for future crops. Gardeners of all levels will learn from Companion Planting and their gardens will benefit from happy and healthy plants.

The No-Dig Garden Specialist

The Essential Guide to Growing Vegetables, Salads and Soft Fruit in Raised No-Dig Beds

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Author: Alan Bridgewater,Gill Bridgewater

Publisher: New Holland Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781847737472

Category: Gardening

Page: 80

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Gardening is enjoying renewed popularity as more and more people are choosing to grow plants, flowers and vegetables in gardens, allotments and unused land everywhere. However the amount of work involved in preparing and maintaining a plot can be daunting, especially for those who dont have the time or the physical ability to spend hours digging. Here Alan and Gill Bridgewater explain how to garden successfully with the minimum amount of digging and weeding. The advice given includes how to build raised beds, building up layers of soil with mushroom compost, using plastic sheeting to retain heat, covering the weeds with a mulch and protecting growing plants with nets. The text is thoroughly practical and advocates using organic methods where possible. A must for busy gardeners everywhere.

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary

No Dig, Healthy Soil, Fewer Weeds

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Author: Charles Dowding

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781527203440

Category:

Page: 168

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An illustrated full-color gardener's journal with perpetual diary--75% advice on how to grow great crops, 25% writing space for each day of the year--a manual to inform and inspire, from a no-dig pioneer and one of Britain's most trusted vegetable gardeners Use this journal year after year to make the best decisions, with your notes alongside Charles Dowding's suggestions for future reference. Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season, and takes you through the annual cycle, from clearing weeds, feeding soil, and sowing to harvesting and storing vegetables. Advice on sowing and planting methods, plus raising plants at home Best sowing dates: seeds neither fail in cold nor start too late Advantages of no dig: saving time, fewer weeds and bigger crops How to maintain control of weeds through timely mulching and hoeing How to feed soil just once a year, for strong and healthy growth When and how to make all the harvests, with advice on storing produce too Charles' gardens are famous for the absence of weeds - "where is all the cheap labor you must be hiring?" is a common question on course days. Yet it's a fact that untilled soil, with a humus-rich surface, germinates fewer pioneer weed seeds, as described by Professor Elaine Ingham. This and other natural principles will make your life a whole lot easier. The diary explains these methods and weaves them into a timeline of action, to increase your success rate. Good timing is good gardening! Book is most appropriate for zones 8/9, for other zones the dates need adapting: for example he has great feedback from zone 6 gardeners using his methods. And you can flesh out the detail with his You Tube videos, where over half the audience is North American.

How to Create a New Vegetable Garden

Producing a Beautiful and Fruitful Garden from Scratch

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Author: Charles Dowding

Publisher: Green Books

ISBN: 9780857842442

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

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Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. The book takes you step-by-step through: * Planning and early stages * Clearing the ground * Mulch - what, why, how? * Minimizing digging * Sowing and planting across the seasons * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

Charles Dowding's Veg Journal

Expert no-dig advice, month by month

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Author: Charles Dowding

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711235267

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

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This book uses the seasonal checklists, advice and hard-won experience of the UK's best-known no-dig gardener to plan a year's worth of vegetable growing. The information is taken from the author's successful Charles Dowding Vegetable Course and arranged in a useful monthly journal so that no activity is overlooked and readers can follow his mantra of "little and often." In this book, Charles Dowding proves the efficacy of no-dig gardening and, using step by step guidance with photos, shows how to plan a vegetable garden, construct a raised bed, sow seed indoors and outdoors in spring, protect plants from the weather and pests through the season until the joy of harvesting is celebrated. The information is organized monthly from January to December, with key crops, key activities and essential reminders so nothing is missed.

How to Create an Eco Garden

The Practical Guide to Greener, Planet-Friendly Gardening: Garden Layouts and Planting Plans, Step-by-Step Techniques, a Directory of 80 Plants and Over 500 Photographs and Illustrations

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Author: John Walker

Publisher: Anness Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781903141892

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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This title shows readers how to reduce their garden's 'carbon footprint' and create a greener, more ecologically sustainable garden by working with nature. It includes step-by-step advice for establishing an eco system, controlling weeds, composting with worms, harvesting and storing water, and landscaping with recycled materials.

The Wellness Garden

Grow, Eat, and Walk Your Way to Better Health

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Author: Shawna Coronado

Publisher: Cool Springs Press

ISBN: 0760359814

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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Don't sacrifice your garden or green space because you suffer from chronic pain, health issues, or other ailments. The Wellness Garden is your guide! If you love to garden but also worry about the physical strain, or if you are in search of ways to promote a healthier lifestyle, and even combat specific, chronic, health issues, then noted garden author and speaker Shawna Coronado has good news for you! You can stay active, fight chronic pain, and keep the garden you've worked so hard to cultivate. In The Wellness Garden, her new book from Cool Springs Press, Shawna details exactly how she has learned to use her garden as a key tool in her battle with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain issues. In this inspiring but highly practical book you will learn from Shawna's lifechanging garden experience and see how you can create your own Wellness Garden--and gain the healthier lifestyle you desire and deserve.

Gardening Myths and Misconceptions

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Author: Charles Dowding

Publisher: Green Books

ISBN: 9780857842046

Category: Gardening

Page: 96

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Conventional wisdom is difficult to question, even when it is misguided and contains many contradictions. Gardening has its share of such myths—some with discernible origins in history, others that have become established for no obvious reason—and they often obscure simpler and easier methods of working. This delightfully illustrated book reveals how common sense triumphs and crops are more successful when these “rules” are overturned. This fascinating and practical book will save the seasoned gardener time, money, and unnecessary effort and give new gardeners heart.

Burpee The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener

A Guide To Growing Your Garden Organically

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Author: Karan Davis Cutler

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780028620053

Category: Gardening

Page: 448

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A Backyard-Gardener’s Guide to Growing a Bountiful, Great-Tasting Harvest The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener features: A full-color encyclopedia of over 100 vegetables and herbs with detailed, expert advice on growing them successfully from planting to harvest Planting and growing techniques that keep maintenance to a minimum Entries on how to grow unusual edibles, such as refreshing mesclun for salads, colorful edible flowers, spicy mustards, and more Descriptions and photos of a host of succulent vegetables, both hybrids and heirlooms, from common to exotic Complete information on improving even the poorest garden soil using safe, organic techniques, plus practical advice on making compost Recommendations on garden tools you need–and those you don’t Information on controlling pests and diseases organically, without resorting to poisonous sprays Spectacular full-color photographs of vegetables and herbs, food gardens, and edible landscapes, plus 30 black-and-white line drawings

The Vegetable Gardener's Bible

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Author: Edward C. Smith

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 160342475X

Category: Gardening

Page: 351

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A fully updated 10th-anniversary edition covers more vegetables, fruits and herbs than the first edition and includes full-color photos, extended-season growing advice, sections on organic gardening and solutions for small-space gardening. Original.