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"Crow and Elizabeth are pioneers in organic/sustainable technology." --Acres USA For over 25 years, Crow and Elizabeth Miller have been innovators in the field of gardening, promoting the understanding and use of organic methods in all areas, including those where it was previously thought impossible. Now, with Organic Gardening, they reveal their methods, from the simple to the complex. For people wh ready know their way around a garden plot, this book is an indispensable reference guiding you through the expert techniques that will make organic gardening successful in any climate, year-round. Natural, chemical-free growing can be successful in virtually any environment, from small greenhouses to backyards to golf courses, and step-by-step Crow and Elizabeth show you how to make it happen. With more than 130 beautiful illustrations of garden techniques and the plants you can grow, even beginner gardeners will be able to enjoy the benefits of this fabulous compendium. Here are just some of the special features of Organic Gardening: * Growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs * Flower gardening * Composting * Soil analysis and organic modifications * Organic turf management * Greenhouse production * Landscaping * Raising plants from seed * Fall and winter gardening Visit us online at www.idgbooks.com
The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses
Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend thatas taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with "The New Organic Grower" published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.Now, with his long-awaited new book, "The Winter Harvest Handbook," anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from "The New Organic Grower" and "Four-Season Harvest," this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Colemanas own farm.His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it ajust canat be done.a
In The Organic Home Garden, Patrick and John, take readers step-by-step through the engaging process of growing the best possible food - from spring's fi rst spinach, asparagus and salad greens, through the summer abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and all, right into fall's harvest of squash, leeks, carrots and potatoes. Often, a small timely tip makes all the difference, and this dynamic team leaves nothing out. Whether you tend a small city yard, a full-size country garden or something in between, their instructive, easy to follow and often humorous advice will ensure you make the very best use of the space you have -- and you can't get any more local, seasonal and organic than food from your own yard. Combine this with John's unique and vibrant artistic paintings, and you have a book that stands out from the wall of glossy, manufactured gardening publications, making The Organic Home Garden a stand-alone, stand-out book sure to intrigue and capture gardeners, artists and customers who conduct their lives to a different rhythm.
This work shows how to cultivate everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns organically. It explains the principles of organic gardening, with practical sections on how to enhance the texture and fertility of soil. The book discusses natural methods of pest and weed control, with special emphasis on attracting a balance of vegetation and helpful predators. It explains all of the basic gardening techniques such as digging, pruning and propagation in easy-to-follow steps and it also includes chapters on greenhouse and container gardening and herbs.