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The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
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bookshelves: gardening, non-fiction, reference, horticulture
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 1989

Coleman is the kind of innovative gardener that I aspire to become. Many of the techniques in were not in use elsewhere when this book was first written. I particularly like his development of soil cubes for starting seeds, instead of using plastic containers. These little compacted cubes of a special soil mixture relieve the gardener of the need for those bothersome plastic trays where the roots end up growing out of the bottoms. With his technique, simply plop the seedling and soil cube into the prepared space, and that's it! Some of his other recommendations, like the collinear hoe he designed that cuts off weed roots just under the soil, are simply brilliant.

Market gardeners will find this book particularly useful, because it contains many ideas for time and labor-saving strategies. It covers all of the basics of organic gardening, includes plenty of the type of charts dear to garden planners' hearts, and has a pleasing layout. Overall, it is a very well done book.
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