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Rodale's all-new encyclopedia of organic gardening : the indispensable resource for every gardener
Bradley, Fern Marshall.
Publication Information:
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press ; [New York] : Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's, [1997]

Physical Description:
xiii, 690 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


Format :


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SB453.5 .R633 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB453.5 .R633 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Over 400 entries of the most practical, up-to-date gardening information ever, collected from garden experts and writers nationwide!

"Gardens are places to renew yourself in mind and body, to reawaken to the truth and beauty of the natural world, and to feel the life force inside and around you. And the organic way to garden is safer, cheaper, and more satisfying. Organic gardeners have shown that it's possible to have pleasant and productive gardens in every part of this country without using toxic chemicals. They make their home grounds an island of purity."
Robert Rodale

Author Notes

FERN MARSHALL BRADLEY, BARBARA W. ELLIS, and ELLEN PHILLIPS are all former managing editors of Rodale Garden Books. The three coauthored the 1992 edition of this title, in addition to having written numerous books and articles individually. Bradley lives in Cambridge, New York; Ellis in Chesterton, Maryland; and Phillips in Brienigsville, Pennsylvania.

DEBORAH L. MARTIN earned a BS in horticulture from Purdue University. She's a former extension agent in the USDA's urban gardening program. Martin has edited books on gardening and contributes to Rodale's Organic Life . She lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A revision of Rodale's first organic-gardening encyclopedia, published in 1959 and edited by J. I. Rodale, the founder of Rodale Press. This detailed, updated guide ~includes garden designs, landscape ideas, and techniques for growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables. There are 420 entries, arranged alphabetically. The fruit and vegetable entries give advice on planting, growing, problems, harvesting, best cultivars, fertilizing, pruning, and thinning. Included are such other garden-related subjects as animal pests, birds, cold frames, dried-flower gardening, forcing, freezing, fungicides, greenhouse gardening, meadow gardens, mulch, raised-bed gardening, seeds, soil, slugs and snails, tools and equipment, urban gardening, wreath making, and more. Fifty gardening experts and writers contributed to the book, which will contain 300 illustrations. ~--George Cohen

Library Journal Review

As the subtitle suggests, this book (an updated version of Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening , 1959) is a basic reference, not only for organic gardeners but for all gardeners. As integrated pest management becomes more important, for instance, the methods and products that have been known to organic gardeners for decades are now being investigated and appreciated by the mainstream. Composting, xeriscaping, permaculture, environment--all these and 400 or so more have complete entries. A useful introduction explains how best to use the book and suggests core sections for initial reading. Entries are cross-referenced and include further reading lists, related organizations, and key words. Common and botanical names are listed, and while food plants are entered under their common names, ornamentals and herbs are entered under their botanical names. This is an important, complete, well-arranged, and attractive reference tool. Your patrons will expect to find it in your collections.-- Carol Cubberly, Univ. of South ern Mississippi, Hattiesburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.