The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

Front Cover
Storey Books, 2003 - Gardening - 485 pages
1 Review
Before it was a book, The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food was organic gardener Tanya L. K. Denckla's highly prized personal database, the distillation of years of careful research and hands-on, real-life, dirt-under-the-fingernails experience in growing her own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. Now available to all, this easy-to-read sourcebook offers much to gardeners of all skill levels, answering questions quickly and authoritatively so more time can be spent enjoying the garden. Six comprehensive chapters cover vegetables, fruits and nuts, herbs, organic remedies, and allies and companions. Within each chapter plants are arranged alphabetically, making needed information eminently accessible. Individual plant entries provide specific information on planting; temperature; soil and water needs; measurements; seed-starting dates; pests, diseases, allies, companions, and incompatibles, as applicable; when to harvest; how to store produce; and overviews of selected varieties. Fully half of the book is dedicated to organic remedies that can prevent or combat plant diseases and garden pests. Hundreds of common diseases and pests are discussed, as well as which plants are likely to be affected, how to recognize the problem, and tried-and-true natural remedies. The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food demystifies how to work collaboratively with the complex natural systems of the environment, making gardening a little easier and definitely more fun.

What people are saying - Write a review


User Review  - Mike A. L. - Borders

I purchased this book after reading the glowing praises heaped upon it by Amazon reviewers, about its breadth of info, depth of detail, and ease of use. None of that could be further from the truth ... Read full review

The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Packed with useful and comprehensive information, these first two titles in Storey's new "Potting Bench" reference series will be a boon to gardeners who enjoy starting plants from seed. First self ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Tanya L.K. Denckla is a gardener, writer, and professional mediator specializing in environmental policy. She co-founded and serves as faculty for the virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

Bibliographic information