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Organic Gardener's Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West

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Lifelong gardener Jane Shellenberger brings us this comprehensive, hands-on guide to growing organic produce in the Rocky Mountain and western region, including Colorado, parts of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and eastern Oregon. The text covers soil cultivation, plant selection, water, microclimates, and other concerns specific to semiarid and high-a ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Fulcrum Publishing (first published February 14th 2012)
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Sue
May 25, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If they switched the title to "Growing Vegetables in the West, an Organic Gardeners Companion" it would be a clearer representation of the content. Because first and foremost it is a compendium on growing in the West, primarily Colorado. The work is outstanding. The information in the first part is primarily historical and gardening background, functional and foundation. But, not the boring kind, the kind of information that a good growing book should include and most don't. This is a book worth ...more
Leah
Aug 12, 2012 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellant book. This book covers everyone one would need to know about gardening in the arid western states including soil, bees, varieties, saving seed, good pests, bad pests, extending the season, etc. It also references lots of other excellant reads. Fabulous book for the beginner or intermediate gardener who wants to go organic and is interested in a productive garden.
Shoshana
Mar 28, 2014 Shoshana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great guide for people new to the Rocky Mountain area. It is a challenge to grow a vegetable garden here, and this book gives good hints and suggestions how to overcome the elements of the West!
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Feb 29, 2012 Silly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from First Reads. Looks like a good book. Thank you.
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“There are many paths leading to a garden and many experiences awaiting those who venture in. No matter what your motive—whether to grow healthy, delicious food; spend time outdoors feeling more alive than your desk job allows; help save the planet; find relaxation, solace, or healing; meet your neighbors; get your hands in the sweet earth; or discover for yourself just how abundant and generous nature can be—a garden rarely disappoints. It’s a magnet for life in all its quirky, beautiful forms.” 4 likes
“Our most important job as vegetable gardeners is to feed and sustain soil life, often called the soil food web, beginning with the microbes. If we do this, our plants will thrive, we’ll grow nutritious, healthy food, and our soil conditions will get better each year. This is what is meant by the adage ”Feed the soil not the plants.” 4 likes
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