Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden

April 20, 2014 - Comment

When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie’s language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.In Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening, general garden-building skills (from “Do I

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When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie’s language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.

In Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening, general garden-building skills (from “Do I need to dig?” to “Where do I dig?”) and specific techniques (from “How do I plant a seed?” to “How much should I water?”) are presented in growing-season order—from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control, and weeds are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try. More than 100 common garden terms are defined, and Smart Starts sidebars offer doable projects to build confidence and enthusiasm for expanding a garden when a gardener is ready. A flower, vegetable, and herb finder highlights easycare plants with good track records. Plus, there are no-dig garden methods, simple garden layouts, and tips and hints inspired by the most popular page views on OrganicGardening.com.

With a “no question is unwelcome” approach, a troubleshooting section lessens frustrations and encourages experimentation. Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening is everything a beginning gardener (or one who’s new to gardening organically) needs to get growing and keep a garden going strong all season.

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E. White says:

Oooh… Rodale has a new book out! I have treasured my 1971-copy of their first guide to organic gardening by Robert Rodale and have always considered them to be an authority on the subject. With this new book, you have an update to sage advice with pretty pictures (illustrations and photos) to look at! If you are new to the world of organic growing, there are a lot of great books out there from Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Harvest to Ruth Stout’s .Here – is a great, straightforward guide to planting and growing for beginners. There are tips for taking care of weeds, good bugs vs. bad bugs, and pretty much anything that a new (or new-ish) organic gardener would need to know. If you are looking to establish better eating habits, there is no better way than to grow your own food. Get excited about the 2014 season with this beautiful book! And a little tip… and I am in no way association with the publisher… but at…

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