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Esther Deans No-Dig Gardening & Leaves of Life - Esther Dean

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Esther Deans' Growing Without Digging and Leaves of Life inspired thousands of people to try their hand at growing their own vegetables and flowers at home. Now these two garden classics are available in a combined mini-paperback format with all the wonderful tips and advice from the first two editions.

Esther Deans' method of growing vegetables and flowers without digging produces results - as those who have been to see her own garden will testify. Flowers and vegetables grow side by side, as if nature had scattered the seeds on the ground and plants had simply sprung up from where they fell.

Now readers have the chance to learn all about Esther's techniques - about her straw garden; about comfrey, the miracle herb and cannibal snails; and about the many creatures which carry fragrance from flower to vegetable across the garden. Those who are not gardeners will be inspired to try it; those who are gardeners will want to explore Esther's wonderful methods.

About the Author

Esther Dean, an Australian gardener and author, pioneered no dig gardening. Dean wrote the books No-Dig Gardening & Leaves of Life. She was still actively gardening at age 86 and promoted gardens for those with special needs. She inspired many famous gardeners including Bill Mollison of the Permaculture Movement although she said "it is not quite how I would do it", implying she did not allow nature to take over, but retained formality with strict garden edges and more annuals

Useful advice on home gardening


This is a great book. Lots of information and practical advice on starting your home garden. Esther Deans gives fantastic detail on different flowers and plants. I highly recommend this book.





I expected more detail and depth, but a good starter for new gardeners. The info on the slugs and snails was good.

Esperance, Aus


so practical


I'll read this first a few times, than see what I have, get what I need and start my vegetable garden in raised styro foam boxes because I' not as good in my knee work as once upon a time



Excellent information.


No nonsense guide to no-dig gardening. The original and the best.



No-Dig gardening rocks!


I gave each of my young adult offspring a copy after two of them came to me asking about how I made our huge no-dig garden over 20 years ago! It is a great little book and with Esther's method I fed our family of six with fruit and vegetables all year round. Brilliant.

Melbourne, AU




I have always gardened with only a small spade but now I will be implementing Estha Dean's "no dig" method of gardening which can be done on so many sites and surfaces - even concrete! The great things I learnt from the book - there are our native snails which are "good" unlike the introduced snails that love to eat new growth etc. It has taken me a long time to learn there are also "good" slugs. Read the book to see.



Esther Deans No-Dig Gardening & Leaves of Life

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ISBN: 9780732270995
ISBN-10: 0732270995
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 14.1 x 17.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.144

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