Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

Summary: More than 1,500 alphabeticallyarranged entries provide information and advice on basic elements of organic gardening and on the identification, cultivation, and use of specific fruits, grains, nuts, vegetables, and ornamental plants.

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  • I’ve used the 1978 edition of the Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening since it first came out. In my view, it is the best edition Rodale has published. I feel that way because of the depth of material included, the excellent organization, and especially the many useful photos, tables, drawing, etc. that make the text clear and useful. I took a copy with me in Peace Corps and it now sits in the Congo. I was fortunate to find another upon my return.

    In my collection I also have two other excellent gardening books. One is, The Self-sufficient Gardener by John Seymour, the other is Talor’s Encyclopedia of Gardening. The latter I rescued from a rummage sale. If I recall correctly, it was in a box of books destined for the trash. What a find. While I am a dedicated organic gardener, no other book on gardening can approach the breadth of information and practical advice in Taylor’s. It is especially interesting to look at the description of suggested varieties for fruits and vegetables that are today difficult to find or relegated the the heirloom category.

    If you can find the 1978 version of this book, you will not be disappointed.

  • Growing your own organic garden can be a great way to get some clean, healthy produce into your house, while also providing yourself with a relaxing, stress-relieving hobby. If this sounds great, but you aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry. Read on to find out how to make your own home garden!Make mulch spreading easier with the right tools. After laying out the mulch, use a flat-headed rake to efficiently spread the manure around. The tines of the rake help pull the mulch and spread it, while the flat side of the rake evens out the area. Use the rake with a pushing and pulling motion.Space is very important when you plant an organic garden. Many people underestimate the space needed for plants to grow to their full size. The plants need space due to sheer size and also for air circulation. Make sure your seeds have a good amount of space between each other for optimal growth.A great tip when starting your own organic garden is to sprinkle milled sphagnum moss on your seeds in order to prevent damping-off. Damping-off is a fungal disease that will cause your seeds and seedlings to rot. If your seeds need light, you should sprinkle this moss before dropping your seeds in the moss.If your garden shed is far from your garden, try to carry your frequently used tools with you. This will save you time by helping you avoid making many trips to your shed to get tools. If you will need more tools than you can carry, you could consider using a wagon or a bucket to hold all of your tools.When you are thinking about starting an organic garden, figure out a plan. Creating a plan for where you want to place each plant will be time saving. If you have a short amount of time that can be spent in your garden, having a plan could help you make the most out of that time.Carefully consider the location you choose to plant trees. Remember that your trees will likely get huge. Make sure trees are not planted too close to any structure or foundation. The costs involved, to remove a tree and roots that have gotten into your structures, can be astronomical. This will be easy to avoid with proper planning.Examine the soil for its physical condition. If your soil is dense, water will not go deep enough into the soil, and the plant roots will stay close to the surface, resulting in shallow roots. The soil will also be hard to dig. You want your soil to be loose enough so that plant roots can grow downward instead of sideways.To rid your organic garden of bugs, try using a mixture of dish soap and water. Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap into a gallon of water. Use a spray bottle to spray the foliage and soil around the plants. Before spraying your whole garden or even a whole plant, test the effect of the mixture on a few leaves and wait a few days before doing the rest.Start your home organic garden today, and soon you’ll have plenty of delicious fresh produce, and the satisfaction of knowing that it came from plants you grew with your own hands. Don’t hesitate, use the information you’ve learned now to start building your own organic garden in your home!

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