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Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting : Updated Edition (with moon-planting dates from 2012-2017) - Lyn Bagnall

Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting

Updated Edition (with moon-planting dates from 2012-2017)

Paperback

Published: 26th April 2012
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An essential resource for all Australian and New Zealand gardeners who care about their family's health and the environment.

Organic gardening leaves your patch of earth in a better condition than you found it by working with nature rather than against it. A practicable and better alternative to chemical-dependent and environmentally unsustainable cultivation practices, organic gardening prevents soil damage, and results in more nutritious food, and fewer contaminated waterways and poison-resistant pests.

Written by a certified-organic farmer and gardener, Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting is an indispensable reference to organic cultivation methods. It also contains an easy-to-follow moon-planting guide to help gardeners to work with the cycles of nature, listing the best planting, harvesting, and pruning days from 2012 to 2017.

Full of common sense and wisdom, and written in a friendly, conversational voice, this book includes comprehensive information and advice about:

-how to protect your garden from climate change and save water
-how to revitalise garden soil and keep it healthy
-how to use composting and worm-farming techniques to transform garden and kitchen waste into top-quality, organic fertiliser
-how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in garden beds or pots
-how to raise healthier, pest- and disease-resistant seedlings, shrubs and trees – without using poisons

This wide-ranging book also features an extensive listing of Australian native plants, and a month-by-month diary of what to plant when for all climate zones of Australia and New Zealand. For aspiring and experienced gardeners alike, Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting will make your whole garden more vigorous, and a healthier haven for your family, pets, and native fauna.

'This is really the only kitchen gardening book you'll ever need.' Habitat Australia

'A fine acquisition for any gardener who wants to get back to nature.' The Weekly Times ‘a comprehensive textbook for the avid organic gardener. The text is distinguished from many other organic garden guides by its organic gardening tips for container plants and ornamental plants such as camellias and azaleas, in addition to the ubiquitous organic food plants.’
Anne Harrison, National Parks Journal

About the Author

Lyn Bagnall has been actively involved in professional horticulture and garden design for more than 30 years, including working for two major retail nurseries in Sydney.

Lyn and her husband are certified-organic farmers on a small property in the mid-north coast of New South Wales, where they grow fresh culinary herbs for market, wine grapes, and fruit and vegetables.

Lyn has also written the Biological Farmers of Australia’s Organic School Gardens program for Australian primary schools, and regular articles on gardening and moon planting for a range of Australian magazines.

'This is really the only kitchen gardening book you'll ever need.' - Habitat Australia

Prefacep. 1
The Lowdown on Dirtp. 5
Why is your soil so important?p. 5
Soils and soil pHp. 8
Earthwormsp. 10
Green manure and cover cropsp. 11
Crop rotationp. 18
Companion plantingp. 22
Keeping Soil Healthyp. 25
What not to use in your gardenp. 26
Soil nutrientsp. 28
Organic fertilisersp. 32
Making a compost factoryp. 42
Compost worm farmingp. 51
Your Gardening Dairyp. 55
Gardening zones in Australia and New Zealandp. 55
Moon plantingp. 60
Month-by-month planting and garden activity diaryp. 66
Beds, Boxes and Potsp. 123
Planning or renovating your gardenp. 124
Making an instant gardenp. 129
Growing plants from seedp. 131
Planting shrubs, trees, vines, and herbaceous perennialsp. 141
Container gardeningp. 145
Drought-Proof your Gardenp. 159
Efficient wateringp. 160
Drought conditions and water restrictionsp. 164
Muching your gardenp. 168
Drought-tolerant plantsp. 172
The Food Gardenp. 185
Summer sun protectionp. 187
Shared or separate beds?p. 189
Popular fruits and vegetablesp. 190
Culinary herbsp. 280
Garden Favouritesp. 301
Native trees and shrubsp. 303
Popular native plantsp. 307
Foreign favouritesp. 326
Plants for shady, dry areasp. 366
Prunning and Propagationp. 373
Types of prunningp. 373
Pruning fruiting plantsp. 381
Pruning shrubs and treesp. 387
Pruning rosesp. 390
Propagating plantsp. 394
Taking cuttingsp. 396
Saving seedp. 404
Solving Problems Naturallyp. 411
The organic approachp. 413
Friend or foe?p. 414
Organic pest controlep. 420
Bushfire seasonp. 434
Protecting plants from frostp. 436
Repairing hail-damaged plantsp. 438
Organic weed controlp. 439
Summer and winter projectsp. 443
Moon Phases and Best Gardening Days to 2017p. 445
Glossaryp. 475
Bibliographyp. 481
Indexp. 485
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ISBN: 9781921844782
ISBN-10: 1921844787
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 15.4  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 20.6