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Organic Gardening for Dummies


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Intro Introduction I Understanding the Basics of Organic Gardening 1 Gardening Organically: The Basic Techniques 2 Benefitting You and the World: Great Reasons to Go Organic 3 Understanding and Planning Your Site II Getting Stuck into Soil, Compost and Fertilisers 4 Digging Beneath the Surface: Soils 5 Building Healthy Soil 6 Composing Great Compost: Let the Rotting Begin! 7 Enriching the Earth with Organic Fertilisers III Growing Organically in Your Garden 8 Settling in Plants and Keeping Them Happy 9 Enjoying Home-Grown Feasts 10 Raising Organic Vegetables 11 Growing Herbs for the Home and Garden 12 Picking from the Berry Patch 13 Cultivating Fruits and Nuts for Your Organic Orchard 14 Saying It with Flowers 15 Managing Garden Trees and Shrubs 16 Creating and Caring for Your Organic Lawn IV Managing Problems 17 Creating a Natural Balance: Preventing Pests and Diseases Organically 18 Managing and Controlling Insect Pests 19 Battling Plant Diseases 20 Outwitting Invading Creatures 21 Weed It and Reap! V The Part of Tens 22 Ten Best Organic Gardening Practices 23 Ten Ways to Be Eco-friendly Index

About the Author

Sue Fisher is a horticulturalist and gardening writer who has written for many publications over 20 years, including BBC Gardener's World magazine. She is the author of ten other popular gardening books, including Gardening For Dummies. Ann Whitman is the author of Trees & Shrubs For Dummies and the first edition of Organic Gardening For Dummies. Suzanne DeJohn is an editor with the National Gardening Association ? the leading garden-based educational non-profit organisation in the USA.


'Covering everything the beginner gardener needs to know, from composting to managing pests, but also going deep enough to satisfy more advanced GYO-ers.' (Grow Your Own, March 2012)

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