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Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden

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When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie's language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods.

In Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening by Deborah L. Martin, general garden-building
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Rodale Books
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Sharon Tyler
Jul 24, 2014 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden by Deborah L. Martin, is a great resource for those starting out in gardening, and for those that now a bit about gardening but want to go organic. The guidebook starts with the questions any begining gardener will have, such as "Do I need to dig?", "Where do I dig?", "How do I plant a seed?", and "How much should I water?". questions and their answers are presented in growing-season order, from garden planning and ...more
Lisa Driscoll
May 21, 2014 Lisa Driscoll rated it liked it
It took me awhile to get through Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening. The last few chapters were a breeze to read, but I got a little bogged down in the first chapters. The very first chapter in the book was a bit off-putting to me and was not an easy read. However, I'm glad I stuck with it and continued to read.

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening from Deborah L. Martin is a powerhouse for information for gardeners. I enjoyed reading this book and think it would be a great gift for anyone that either
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Stephanie
Mar 29, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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"We each have a responsibility to our families, communities and the future to bring about the change. And with simple steps, such as eating from our gardens and being conscious of where we spend our money, we can send a strong message to the industrial food system."

Who knew the organic gardening movement started in the 1940's!

A thought provoking look at organic gardening that gives a detailed history of organic gardening and how to go about doing it yourself. Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening wi
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John
Jan 14, 2015 John rated it really liked it
This is what one might hope for in this kind of volume: exceptionally well-organized, with a wide variety of illustrations, glossaries, tables, and step-by-step breakdowns both contextualizing and instructing in the range of organic gardening activities for the beginner, in a consistent colorful and expressive look, with a friendly tone, for a reasonable price. Admittedly, the preachy initial section is more a distraction than motivation, but this soon gives way to helpful guidance. A highlight ...more
Cristi Marashi
Feb 23, 2014 Cristi Marashi rated it it was amazing
I have read many books about gardening. This will be my 3rd year, but I still consider myself a novice. This book contained every bit of information I need to handle everything from getting the soil ready to how and when to harvest the plants. I also liked the sections about saving seeds and making your own compost. *I received this as an e-arc from Netgalley, but I will definitely be buying a hard copy to refer to at the beginning of March when the book is released! I absolutely recommend this ...more
Stephanie
May 01, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is a great book for a beginner gardener. Lots of straight forward, useful information. My only wish would be for pictures. However, I can find those so easily it wasn't a huge deal.

I got this from the library but I decided to buy it because it's the type of book you highlight and stuff with articles and use for years. Well done book.
Prajna
Apr 15, 2014 Prajna rated it really liked it
I found this book very accessible, informative, and up-to-date. I've read a lot of gardening books, and this is one I would actually purchase to have as a reference in my library. I especially enjoyed learning more about soil and the section on record keeping.
Jan
Jan 10, 2016 Jan rated it liked it
Includes a couple of good plans/layouts. The patio produce garden and the cook's herb garden look doable.
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