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Title:
Rodale organic gardening solutions : over 500 answers to real-life questions from backyard gardeners
Author:
Long, Cheryl.
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Publication Information:
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
ix, 246 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Rodale organic gardening book"--Cover.
Language:
English
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Added Uniform Title:
Organic gardening (Emmaus, Pa. : 1988)
ISBN:
9780875968513

9780875968520
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Book

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For years, gardeners have submitted questions to the staff and editors of Organic Gardening magazine, dealing with the real challenges they face in their own yards and gardens. Combined with the honest, well-informed answers of the OG staff, the question-and-answer department has become the most popular in the magazine. Now the best of these questions have been collected in one volume.

The OG experts answer tough questions about gardening safely and organically, such as "will it hurt my garden if I mulch with clippings from lawns that have been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides?" and "does watering my garden with chlorinated tap water kill helpful soil microorganisms?" Organic Gardening Solutions also includes helpful suggestions for all kinds of gardeners with specific questions on herb, flower, and vegetable gardening, controlling weeds, fighting insect pests, composting, soil care, garden design, caring for trees and shrubs, and water gardening.


Summary

The "Organic Gardening" experts answer tough questions about gardening safely and organically. This question-answer guide includes helpful suggestions for all kinds of gardeners with specific questions on herb, flower and vegetable gardening; controlling weeds; fighting insect pests; composting; soil care; garden design; and more.


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Booklist Review

Contrary to popular belief, larger asparagus spears are tastier than thin spears. It's also true that putting sprigs of rosemary, sage, and lavender in with potatoes will inhibit sprouting while in storage, and that weeds can be controlled organically. Once again, Organic Gardening Magazine comes through with advice and answers to more than 500 questions asked by new and veteran backyard gardeners. The easy-to-read chapters are divided into subject categories, ranging from vegetables, fruits, and herbs to essentials of starting and saving seeds, composting, and maintaining carefree lawns. Comprehensive resource listings and "Check It Out!" boxes provide alternative advice on finding answers locally. Compiled from 10-plus years worth of "Solution" columns, this useful volume features leading hands-on gardening experts from all around the country offering shortcuts, tips, and secret approaches to solving myriad garden problems. --Doris Taylor


Publisher's Weekly Review

More than 10 years of horticultural troubleshooting is harvested in this compendium of tips from Organic Gardening magazine's "Solutions" column, which pairs queries from readers on some of gardening's thornier issues with advice from experts across the nation. The questions presented cover a wide range of topics, from vegetables and flowers to seed propagation, composting and battling pests and weeds; the corresponding recommendations are all organic and environmentally friendly. A lament over mutant zucchini, for instance, is answered by a vegetable breeder who attributes the aberration to the weather and advises gardeners to use fertile soil, lots of water and an early hybrid variety that is less susceptible to fluctuations in temperature and light. Arranged in a reader-friendly format, the entries are grouped by subject and capped with snappy headlines ("Turning Blue over Green Garlic," "Dud Spuds," "Invasion of the Grasshoppers," "Bye Bye Bermudagrass") that help set a brisk pace. Whether debating the value of Epsom salts as a tomato fertilizer or ferreting out the best rosemary variety for overwintering, this volume contains many helpful hints and should quickly become well-thumbed by inquiring gardeners. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved