Organic Garden Basics
One of Britain's leading organic gardeners shows how to create a natural garden that looks great, teems with wildlife, and yields delicious, healthy produce. Almost everyone has concerns about how pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, and other chemicals affect both the environment and our food, and gardeners everywhere are choosing to go organic. They'll discover the smartest and most successful ways to achieve their goal on these information-packed and beautifully designed pages. More than 200 illustrations and detailed advice cover such issues as soil improvement, making compost, choosing the right plants, growing fruits and vegetables, and planning the garden. One eye-opening chapter follows a garden for an entire year, complete with guidance on seasonal care and maintenance-so everything stays in tip-top shape.
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