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Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food 765 Varities of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Nuts

ISBN-10: 1580173705
ISBN-13: 9781580173704
Edition: 2nd 2003
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 2/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

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.

Tanya Denckla Cobb is a writer, a professional environmental mediator at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and a teacher of food system planning at the University of Virginia. She is passionate about bringing people together to find common ground and create solutions for mutual gain. She co-founded a community forestry nonprofit organization, served as Executive Director of the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and facilitated the birth of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and the Virginia Food System Council. At home, she enjoys the restorative energy of gardening and cooking from her garden. She lives in Virginia and is the author of Reclaiming Our Food, The Gardener's A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, and Organic Gardener's Home Reference.

Acknowledgments
Preface
For starters
Vegetables
Fruits & nuts
Herbs
Organic remedies for macro- and microdestructive agents
Selected Beneficial Insects
First Line of Defense: Plan Ahead
Second Line of Defense: Prevention Strategies
Third Line of Defense: Identify the Problem
Identifying and Treating Common Problems
Overview of Symptoms and Remedies
Glossary of Organic Remedies
Controlling Diseases
Controlling Insects and Animals
Allies & companions
Afterword
Bibliography
Appendixes
The National Standards
Suggested Reading
Seed Companies and Nurseries
Equipment and Pest Control Suppliers
Other Useful Resources
USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Index

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