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The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

by Eliot Coleman (Author), Sheri Amsel (Illustrator), Molly Cook Field (Illustrator)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Coleman's personable work draws together the experience and wisdom of his 25
years as a vegetable gardener in Maine. It includes nearly all the material in
the previous edition (LJ 11/1/89), communicating a respect and feeling for "the
land" and its processes. Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful
observations he and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to "mobile
greenhouses" that expand the growing season, each method is thought through to
its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival. Well-presented
graphics illustrate methods and techniques. This new edition includes sidebar
references and notes, new chapters on creating fertile soil (without importing
items such as manure from sources that may not use organic methods), and use of
existing information channels to learn of new information. Of interest for even
the smallest veggie patch grower. The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening
presents many of the same sustainable concepts with the vehemence of its radio
talk show host and news columnist author. Garrett gives tips on a broader range
of home gardening, including landscaping and wildlife, and spends much effort on
the abuses of past and current practice. Basics are presented briefly, with many
eco-asides that help break up the dense, information-rich text. Lack of visuals
makes the material harder to absorb, yet one is constantly copying out
directions as they appear. These tidbits and the coverage of issues concerning
Southern gardens make the title of value, though gathering the tips in an
appendix or special section would have provided better access. For general collections.

Midwest Book Review
Revised and expanded is a new edition of a classic gardening guide. Here master
grower Coleman presents a simple, effective formula for growing quality organic
vegetables, updating details on marketing harvests and using small-scale equipment.

Product Details

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company; 2 Rev Exp edition (October 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 093003175X



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