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The Organic Home Garden: How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables Naturallyby Patrick Lima
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A cornucopia of information.
Once available only at farmers' markets, organic produce is now basic stock at the supermarket. With mounting concerns about pesticides, climate change and consumption levels of fossil fuels, consumers are more careful about how, and where, fruits and vegetables are grown — and how far they have traveled to get to their table. More than ever, people are deciding not only to purchase organic and local produce, but also to grow their own.
The Organic Home Garden shows in detail how to plant, grow and harvest delicious vegetables and fruits from spring to fall and from seed to harvest.
Since most consumers live in urban and suburban settings with limited space, Patrick Lima explains how to create an organic garden that is both compact and productive. Through step-by-step examples, he shows how to prepare odorless in-ground compost; transform fallen leaves into a valuable soil conditioner; and design, build and plant permanent raised beds. Among the important topics covered are: Soil preparationUsing cold framesSelecting seedsTransplanting techniquesNatural pest and disease controlMultiple harvests fromasingle gardenFrost protection.
Extensive line drawings and charts plus 50 stunning color photographs illustrate the different gardening steps. For making the most of home-grown fruits and vegetables, 30 outstanding recipes are also included.
"Lima's fourth gardening book shares his extensive knowledge of agriculture gleaned from years of tending Larkwhistle (his own home garden in Ontario, Canada) without use of chemicals or pesticides. Larkwhistle, Lima states, 'grew out of a flat, sandy hayfield thick with twitch grass and weeds. Seasons of organic care and cultivation have transformed the field into a lush and productive garden.' Scanlan's mouthwatering full-color photos of Larkwhistle and its harvest certainly add to Lima's credibility. Lima talks would-be gardeners through the planting of the first seedlings — early and indoors — and explains how to feed the soil with compost and natural fertilizer. He advocates designing the garden around small beds rather than long, tedious rows, and offers specific tips for fruits and vegetables from apples to zucchini, always providing line drawings to illustrate finer points. The book covers natural, effective methods of pest prevention and removal, and includes a comprehensive seeding, sowing and transplanting schedule to ensure fresh foods year round. Lima even tosses in several simple recipes in which to use the resulting bounty. The author's passion for natural gardening is infectious, and his language often borders on poetic ('Watermelons sit there, fat and inscrutable'). His knowledge provides an invaluable source for those just beginning their organic garden, as well as more experienced growers looking for some new tricks. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Guide to growing fruits and vegetables in an organic home garden, accompanied by recipes.
A cornucopia of information.
Growing concerns over mass-produced fruits and vegetables are leading increased numbers of people to organic suppliers. While most supermarkets offer organic produce, the costs are too often surprisingly high. Many people are now growing their own fruits and vegetables organically, but with mixed results.
With The Organic Home Garden, newcomers and seasoned growers will learn step-by-step how to plant, grow and harvest delicious fruits and vegetables. This book offers detailed instructions for enjoying fresh and healthy food from spring to fall.
Spring brings salad greens, asparagus and strawberries. Summer produces vine-ripened tomatoes and melons, sweet corn, new potatoes and red peppers. Fall welcomes crisp carrots, vitamin-rich broccoli and colorful radicchio.
A thriving organic garden starts with a foundation of lively soil, sustained by annual applications of compost and natural fertilizer. Organic growers can make neat, odorless in-ground compost — especially appropriate in urban and suburban yards; transform leaves into a valuable soil conditioner; and design, build and plant permanent raised beds.
The Organic Home Garden covers domestic and exotic vegetables and fruits in detail from seed to harvest. Details include: Soil preparation Using cold frames Selecting seeds and transplanting techniques Natural pest and disease control Intensive output growing techniques Multiple harvests from a single garden Frost protection
Fifty stunning color photographs, line drawings and charts illustrate the different gardening steps. Thirty recipes are also included for making the most of fresh fruits and vegetables.
A classic, user-friendly and comprehensive guide to growing fruits and vegetables in an organic home garden, accompanied by recipes. Patrick Lima is well known as both a gardener and as a writer.
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