Friday, February 21, 2014
Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden by Deborah L. Martin, Editors Organic Gardening
by Deborah L. Martin, Editors Organic Gardening
Publisher: Rodale Books
Released: March 11th 2014
Genre: Nonfiction- adult: gardening, plants
How I got it: NetGalley
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.
Review: Last year I did some planter gardens, and wanted to do it again this coming spring. I thought this book might give me some insight on gardening more... well organically. I've found myself trying to get away from chemicals in most aspects of my life. Anyway like the blurb says this book is for beginners to gardening.
I found most the stuff common knowledge. The information I did find interesting was on how to build your gardens and composting. I also enjoyed the section on picking seeds / plants. But over all I found it very basic, which I guess is good because it is designed for beginners. Yet it wasn't what I was looking for.