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Organic Gardener's Handbook

By Michael Littlewood

ISBN: 9781861269362
PUBLISHED: August 2007
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 202x230 mm
INSIDE: colour photographs throughout

This comprehensive yet concise guide tells the gardener all he needs to know about organic cultivation. From the basics of climate, geology and soils, through an explanation of plants and their orders to the planning and planting of a variety of vegetables and edible plants, this book gives sound advice in a handy format.

Particular attention is paid to improvements to the soil, covering nutrients, fertilisers, minerals, compost and manures, as well as planting methods [including strip cropping and crop rotation] and protection of the plants, including companion planting, biological control, plant pest controls, barriers and deterrents, organic control and weed management.

This fully illustrated book is rounded off with a list of tasks and monthly reminders, an extensive glossary, useful contacts and further information.

RRP: £16.99

Site Price: £13.59

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" This conveniently sized work really is the complete answer for those people who are keen to garden in as natural a way as possible. Full, concise details are given on every aspect of gardening and the book works in many different ways. It will take you on a journey of understanding.
So recycle those gardening books you no longer need. The Organic Gardener's Handbook is the real thing and, in my opinion, worth buying for the Introduction and Guidelines alone! "
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Reviewed By: Organic Smallholder

" Michael Littlewood's book shows what is a fairly complex method of gardening, in a straightforward and easy to follow order.
Littlewood's knowledge of this subject is inspiring. He starts with the foundations of gardening, from the climate, the soil, the composting, to the harvesting of the crops. His highly detailed growing and planning charts, beautifully illustrated, are simple to follow showing how to sow and yield at the right time. This is enhanced by using planning rotation charts, and vegetable growing guides charted on a simple month by month basis.
The book looks at the flowers needed to encourage natural pollenaters and one of the things I love about this book is the reference to both common and botanical names for vegetable and flowers. Close to my heart is biological pest and weed control - one of my main reasons for 'turning organic'.
In summary, this reference manual is all you need from start to finish to shape your garden into an organic one. "
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" First published in 2007 this surely has to be seen as the vegetable and fruit grower's bible. Michael Littlewood is one of this country's foremost experts in sustainable land use and writes with the courage of his convictions.
Over the last few years designers have found more and more clients asking for a vegetable patch to be included in their garden. Many have never grown their own food before and Michael Littlewood's excellent book would be the one I would recommend to give them the best start possible. "
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" A comprehensive guide to organic gardening in a concise, user-friendly style. The book covers everything from the basics of climate, geology and soils to planning and planting, with particular attention to soil nutrients, planting methods and protection and weed management. It is absolutely brimming with detailed advice in handy format with charts, tables, lists of tasks and monthly reminders and is also beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout. An extensive glossary with many useful contacts rounds off a book that will be an extremely useful addition to the bookshelves of any gardener. "
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Reviewed By: Kitchen Garden - July 2009

" How often have you wasted an hour searching every reference book on your shelves for that vital list you know you have seen somewhere? So in this one book you'll find a map of soil types in the UK and a list of likely last frost dates for different areas. You'll find all the crops you're ever likely to grow (and then some) listed by latin name and grouped into botanical families. You'll find three-, four-, and five-year crop rotations, and detailed cropping plans. You'll find guides to minor and major plant nutrients, advice on how to treat deficiencies, and a list of 'weed' plants that are dynamic accumulators of particular nutrients. It's all in here. I for one will be referring to this book time and time again. Every serious organic gardener should have a copy. "
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Reviewed By: Organic Gardening - Winter 2008

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