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  1. Gardeners tend to assume that any product or practice labeled as organic is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment. And in many cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not universally true, and the exceptions can pose a significant threat to human health. To cite just two examples: animal manures are widely viewed as prime soil amendments. When properly treated, they are; but if they are insufficiently composted, they can be a source of harmful E. coli contamination. Even more dangerous, potentially, are organic insecticides like rotenone, which is every bit as toxic as the synthetic compounds it is meant to replace.Gillman’s contention is that all gardening products and practices – organic and synthetic – need to be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine both whether they are safe and whether they accomplish the task for which they are intended. When gardeners are well informed about the precise nature and consequences of what they use and do in the garden, they are in a much better position to make responsible, effective choices.If you’ve ever wondered about the merits of a specific insecticide, herbicide, or fungicide, or debated whether practices such as planting cover crops or companion plants are worth the trouble, you’ll find the answers you’ve sought in these pages, along with a clear, careful, and good-humored analysis of benefits and drawbacks. Ultimately, Gillman concludes, organic methods are preferable in most situations that gardeners are likely to encounter. After reading this eye-opening book, you will understand why, and why knowledge is the gardener’s most important tool.
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  2. A completely revised and updated edition of this bestselling classic, with new material on heirloom and exotic vegetables, mushrooms, edible flowers and weeds, container gardening and seed saving. In a world where mass-produced food often lacks taste and freshness, more and more people are growing their own vegetables this new, greatly expanded edition of Annette McFarlane’s gardening classic offers gardeners an authoritative and comprehensive guide to growing an extensive range of organic vegetables. As well as outlining the basics – how to plan your garden and prepare soil, make compost, develop a planting guide, propagate, and sow and germinate seeds, Annette offers a mass of new and exciting material. In ‘Garden to Gourmet’, she explains how to grow Australian bush food and the herbs and spices that give the unique character to the cuisines of China, Greece, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, thailand and India. there are additional chapters on growing different types of mushrooms, and edible flowers and weeds. For gardeners with not much room to move, there is a whole new chapter on growing a large range of vegetables in containers. And for those interested in heirloom vegetables, advice on collecting and storing seeds. All this plus extensive instructions on how to grow over 115 vegetables in the ‘A for Amaranth Spinach to Z for Zucchini’ section, including heaps of new information on Asian greens and cabbages and unusual vegetables, ensures that ORGANIC VEGEtABLE GARDENING remains the organic grower’s bible.
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  3. Roses have been grown in gardens around the world for thousands of years and are still the most popular flower in the world. When you follow Diana Sargeant’s advice in All About Roses, you will grow the most gorgeous roses, easily and naturally.Your rose garden will be a place for you to rest, and nurture all your senses. When you grow your own roses you will enjoy a sense of pride each time you look at them. As you walk through your garden, you can savour all the pleasures that roses offer.
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  4. Rapidly increasing in popularity, square foot gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden. That explains why author and gardening innovator Mel Bartholomew has sold more than two million books describing how to become a successful DIY square foot gardener. Now, with the publication of All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition, the essential guide to his unique step-by-step method has become even better. Mel developed his techniques back in the early 1980s and has been teaching them throughout the world ever since. In the process, he has made improvements and refinements and continually adapted his practices to keep pace with modern times. In this new volume, Bartholomew furthers his discussion on one of the most popular gardening trends today: vertical gardening. He also explains how you can make gardening fun for kids by teaching them the square foot method. Finally, an expanded section on pest control helps you protect your precious produce. Rich with new full-color images and updated tips for selecting materials, this beautiful new edition is perfect for brand-new gardeners as well as the millions of square foot gardeners who are already dedicated to Mels industry-changing insights.
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  5. Are you ready to learn about a transformative garden technology that could change your life – for less than $100? – New York TimesTake your straw bale gardening to the next level – in more places, with new products, and even, sometimes, skipping the straw!The reception and enthusiasm for straw bale gardening, introduced in 2013, has proved revolutionary in vegetable growing. Why? Because the bold promises in the book are kept: grow vegetables anywhere, earlier in the year, with no weeding. Gardeners everywhere are excited. Straw bale gardening works! In just the short amount of time that has passed, the gardening world and Joel Karsten himself have learned even more about how to apply this method in just about any environment: on a city balcony, in a rocky outpost, in a desert, and even in the tundra of Alaska.Straw Bale Gardens Complete contains all of the original information that has set the gardening world on fire. But it also goes much deeper, with nearly 50 pages of all-new advice and photos on subjects such as growing in a tight urban setting, making your straw bale garden completely organic, and using new fertilizers and conditioning products. There is even information on using straw bale techniques to grow veggies in other organic media for anyone who has a hard time finding straw.Fans of Straw Bale Gardens will not want to miss adding Straw Bale Gardens Complete to their gardening library. There is, literally, nothing else like it!
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  6. Want to know how to say ‘thank you’ in 12 languages? Or how to dance the samba? Or make a sponge cake? Are you having trouble removing rust from your lawn-mower blades? Are you anxious to know how to protect yourself against identity theft? This indispensable A-Z guide is packed with simple solutions to all those tricky problems life can throw at you. And, it’s full of skills old and new, fun and functional to ensure that you’ll never be at a loss or a loose end again. Whether your aim is to keep a lid on your energy bills or learn how to play tiddlywinks, you’ll find out how right here, quickly and easily
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  7. Cacti and succulents are among the most bizarre and beautiful plants a gardener can grow—and included here are some of the most remarkable of them all: stapeliads and ceropegias. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has brought together master gardeners from across the country, who show how easy it is to cultivate a collection of cacti and succulents on a windowsill or under artificial lights. They also introduce varieties that are hardy enough to grow outside in most climates. There are chapters on medicinal plants and succulent bonsai, plus advice on how experts groom their plants for competition. Finally, readers can learn how to help save the cacti and succulents that are threatened with extinction in the wild.
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  8. Louise Curley looks at what makes a great cut flower, ideal conditions and soil and the tools you’ll need. There is advice on what to grow – from favourite hardy annuals, half hardies and biennials to spring and summer bulbs to adding foliage and fillers to balance arrangements – and advice on how and when to sow, how to support your plants and tips on weeding, deadheading, pests and feeding. Growing your own such means greater choice, working with the seasons and super fresh flowers. Bought flowers can be expensive and the international flower trade often means dangerous chemicals, poor working conditions for growers, demands on water resources and the ‘flower miles’ of worldwide airfreight. This book will help you get the most from your patch with guidance on how to cut the flowers so that they keep producing more blooms and how to look after them once they have been picked. The Cut Flower Patch is completed by a selection of flower arranging tips and sample arrangements as well as tips on finding great containers, planting plans and a helpful year planner.
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  9. Exotics or natives, fruit trees or palm trees, vegetables or hardy annuals, the Gardening Guru of the Tropics will tell you how to grow it and how to protect it from predatory insects and fungal diseases. Every question you’ve ever wanted to ask about soils, compost, fertiliser, organic feed, humus, mulching, spraying and pruning, it’s in this book. This is not a coffee-table book! So roll up your sleeves, get advice from the book, mix your sprays, barrel out your fertiliser and get your garden blooming.
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