Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has been the go-to resource for gardeners for more than 50 years, and the best tool novices can buy to start applying organic methods to their fruit and vegetable crops, herbs, trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, and lawns. This thoroughly revised and updated version highlights new organic pest controls, new fertilizer products, improved gardening techniques, the latest organic soil practices, and new trends in garden design.
In this indispensable work you will find: • Comprehensive coverage for the entire garden and landscape along with related entries such as Community Gardening, Edible Landscaping, Horticultural Therapy, Stonescaping, and more
• The most in-depth information from the trusted Rodale Organic Gardening brand
• A completely new section on earth-friendly techniques for gardening in a changing climate, covering wise water management, creating backyard habitats, managing invasive plants and insects, reducing energy use and recycling, and understanding biotechnology
• Entries all written by American gardeners for American gardeners, with answers for all the challenges presented by various conditions, from the humid Deep South and the mild maritime coasts to the cold far North and the dry Southwest
Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening has everything you need to create gorgeous, non-toxic gardens in any part of the country.
It certainly is a great resource for anyone interested in organic gardening, which in my case (and having been a gardener for over 50 years) can be a daunting transition. It does a nice job explaining the what organic truly entails and prepares you for the best way to look for gardening supplements that meet the criteria to be organic. The alphabetical organization does make “reading” a little more difficult as I prefer when entire chapters are devoted to subjects but it does include these longer discussions on areas like “container gardening”.
- I might have rated the book higher if I had purchased the print version but the inability to go to the page references throughout the book or even determine which page you are on means that the Kindle version is of limited use as an “encyclopedia.”
My comment on the content is that from my readings so far there is not nearly enough depth on any of the subjects to satisfy even the most novice gardener which is what I consider myself to be.
If you already possess the 1992 edition, don’t do what I did and replace it with this edition. The only difference I could find is that this “new” edition is a downgrade with little if anything new, cheaper paper, fewer illustrations including non- identification of insect pests etc., and worst of all print that skimps on ink to the point of being gray, not black. I was hoping that with all the new happenings in organic gardening, that this book would include some of the new methods and products now available to organic gardeners, but no such luck. This book is still back in the early nineties with nothing about more modern and fruitful methods of gardening. I will look elsewhere for up-to-date info.
This is a real go to book. Lots and lots of good info. Presentation is great with good organization throughout the book, projects to work on and multiple options for your best fit. Can’t wait to use all the solutions that I have found for my yard. I recommend this as a standard for a gardening library. Good common sense and affordable solutions to lots of our gardening problems.
Rodale’s is the bible of gardening, especially organic gardening. If you have any intention to play in the dirt, be it on 20sq ft or on 20 acres, you must read this book. I could go on and describe it to you, but I think you will be better served if you read it. If you are unsure, borrow the book from your local library and leaf through it, but I recommend that you put a copy on your shelf and keep a paperback in your truck or in your gardening shed for quick reference.
- Few things are as satisfying as getting your hands into the earth, planting and nurturing and harvesting the fruits of your labors. Adding to the knowledge that you have used the best possible practices to grow healthy food redoubles your satisfaction. Here are some tips on organic gardening to help you grow a harvest that will bring health to you and your family.To keep air flowing through your compost pile, stand a large PVC pipe with punched holes in the center of your pile so the air flows up and down the pipe, and then through the holes directly into the pile. The air movement helps your soil decomposers create the heat needed to jumpstart the decay process.Marigold flowers are quite the powerhouse in an organic garden. As their flowers and leaves decay, the marigold releases chemicals that attract frogs, repel snakes and kill nematode pests that attack many vegetable plants, including tomatoes. Look for ways to let the bright yellow marigold bring brilliant color and decoration to your garden, as it goes to work to protect the health of your plants.Use plants that work together. Some plants take nutrients away from the soil while others fixate those same-lost nutrients. Traditionally, vegetables are planted with a crop rotation because of the ability of certain crops to replenish the natural nitrogen in the ground. However, you may be able to take advantage of this knowledge by pairing up “companion plants”.If you are experiencing a problem with slugs or other insects, a wonderful organic contact pesticide is diatomaceous earth. You can buy this at most garden centers, and it comes in a white powder form. It is an abrasive material that will kill the critters by damaging the skin of the slugs and joints of the insects.Avoid chemicals in your garden. Keep the toxins out of the food and the water supply. One of the best parts about organic gardening is eliminating chemical compounds from your food supply. There are many alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Almost any problem can be cured with the right management.Go on and plant more trees. Trees are some of the best choices of things to grow in your landscape. They provide shade, moisture retention, and food for your compost every fall. Trees also add a great deal to your property values, more than any other plant you can put in your yard.These tips should help you plan your organic garden. Follow the best advice and the hopes of spring will be fulfilled in autumn’s harvest–with delicious and nourishing meals for you and your family. Nourishing healthy soil, as shown in these tips, can be one of your best investments.