Organic Gardening: The Classic Guide to Growing Fruit, Flowers, and Vegetables the Natural Way

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Penguin, Jan 17, 2011 - Gardening - 288 pages

Organic Gardening, a classic guide to growing flowers, fruit, and vegetables the natural, chemical-free way has been fully revised and updated to reflect the latest thinking and techniques. Written by one of the UK's best-loved gardening personalities and a keen advocate of the organic approach, this book will be appreciated by the novice and the experienced gardener alike.

Whether you want to grow better-tasting fruit and vegetables untainted by chemicals, find natural methods of pest and weed control, or create a garden that is safer for your children, pets and wildlife, Organic Gardening is your practical, easy-to-follow guide to gardening with, rather than against, nature.

With practical advice and instructions, supported by clear, step-by-step photographs and artworks, the author
explains how to grow delicious, healthy produce as well as how to turn your garden into a safe haven for children, pets, and wildlife. The book promotes an organic approach to the whole garden, and includes practical techniques for cultivating flowers, trees, and shrubs, as well as advice on ponds and aquatic plants. Organic methods of weed control and solutions to pest and disease problems are also fully explained and clearly illustrated.

Contents include: soil improvement; organic pest & disease control; weed control; hedges, trees & shrubs; containers; the vegetable garden; the fruit garden; herbs; greenhouse gardening; basic techniques; propagation; the gardening year.

 

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Contents

6 Introduction
6
9 THE ORGANIC WAY
9
12 THE SOIL
12
Soil types 14
14
Soil management 15
15
18 SOIL IMPROVEMENT
18
The four phases of soil management 19
19
Compost 21
21
Preparing vegetable beds 135
135
Sowing 138
138
Protecting crops against cold 140
140
Choosing what to grow 143
143
Salad vegetables 144
144
Cultivating salad vegetables 146
146
Shoot vegetables 149
149
Cultivating shoot vegetables 150
150

Animal manure 27
27
Alternative soil conditioners 29
29
Wormworked compost and manure 31
31
Green manure 32
32
35 FERTILIZERS
35
The need for nutrients 38
38
Organic fertilizers 40
40
43 ORGANIC PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
43
Maintaining a healthy garden 44
44
Companion planting 45
45
Controlling birds and animals 46
46
Controlling soil pests and insects 49
49
General garden diseases 52
52
Organic chemicals 53
53
54 ORGANIC WEED CONTROL
54
Hoeing 57
57
Mulching 58
58
Recognizing weeds 60
60
Useful weeds 62
62
64 PLANNING YOUR GARDEN
64
Features to include 67
67
Drawing up a plan 72
72
74 THE ORNAMENTAL GARDEN
74
Preparing the soil 75
75
Hedges 76
76
Lawns 78
78
Trees 81
81
Deciduous trees 84
84
Coniferous trees 86
86
Planting ornamental borders 88
88
Choosing suitable plants 92
92
Winter plants 94
94
Early spring plants 96
96
Midspring plants 98
98
Late spring plants 100
100
Early summer plants 102
102
Midsummer plants 104
104
Late summer plants 108
108
Fall plants 110
110
Cultivation of border plants 112
112
Ponds and aquatic plants 121
121
Alpines 123
123
Cultivating wildflowers 125
125
126 THE CONTAINER GARDEN
126
Planting in containers 127
127
Hanging baskets 130
130
132 THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
132
Pod and seed vegetables 154
154
Cultivating pod and seed vegetables 156
156
Fruiting vegetables 162
162
Cultivating fruiting vegetables 164
164
Bulb vegetables 168
168
Cultivating bulb vegetables 170
170
Squash vegetables 172
172
Cultivating squash vegetables 174
174
Root vegetables 178
178
Cultivating root vegetables 180
180
Leaf vegetables 188
188
Cultivating leaf vegetables 190
190
Vegetable pests and diseases 198
198
202 THE FRUIT GARDEN
202
Selecting plants 203
203
Planting and training fruit trees and bushes 204
204
Cultivation of fruit 210
210
Tree fruit 212
212
Citrus fruit 214
214
Cultivating tree fruit 215
215
Soft fruit 224
224
Cultivating soft fruit 225
225
Fruit pests and diseases 232
232
236 THE HERB GARDEN
236
An herb collection 238
238
Cultivating herbs 240
240
246 GREENHOUSE GARDENING
246
Heating a greenhouse 249
249
Caring for greenhouse plants 252
252
Maintaining a greenhouse 255
255
Deciding what to grow 256
256
Greenhouse pests and diseases 257
257
258 BASIC TECHNIQUES
258
Choosing garden equipment 261
261
Cultivation techniques 262
262
Watering plants 266
266
268 PROPAGATION TECHNIQUES
268
Other methods of propagation 273
273
278 THE GARDENING YEAR
278
Spring 279
279
Summer 280
280
Autumn 281
281
Winter 282
282
Useful addresses 283
283
Index 284
284
Acknowledgments 288
288
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