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The Garden Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables - Pauline Pears

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For aspiring gardeners wishing to start growing their own organic vegetables - or for those who already garden and wish to adopt organic methods - this handy resource, culled from considerable experience and expertise, offers an accessible and easy-to-follow reference.

Packed with everything gardeners need to know about raising chemical-free vegetables in natural environments, as well as essential information on soil types and composting, this companion aids in yielding a flourishing and bountiful crop each and every season.

Buttressed with inspiring images, this guidebook includes an organisational plan beneficial to experience gardeners and beginners alike.

About the Author

Pauline Pears lives in Leamington Spa. She is Head of Knowledge Transfer, and editor of The Organic Way magazine, at Garden Organic. She has been involved in the practice and promotion of organic growing for over 20 years, and is still a passionate organic vegetable grower. She and her husband cultivate two organic allotments, as well as growing fruit and vegetables at home. Pauline has written several other books in this series.



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Lots of good advice


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    Some good ideas and advice for the novice growing organic produce

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    'This book is part of a practical gardening series from Garden Organic. It is one of the latest books in this series, published in 2008. Growing vegetable without chemicals is the best way. This book shows how to grow organically. With vegetables being sprayed with chemicals many times over, travelling miles to reach us, sitting in storage - it makes sense to grow your own. Half of this 64-page booklet is taken up with where, how to and suggestions for organic gardening. The remainder looks at the vegetables themselves. The instructions are easy to follow and are illustrated with full-colour photographs. There is little here for experienced vegetable growers, but this is a useful book for beginners.' - karenplatt.co.uk

    'Drawing on her considerable experience and expertise, Pauline Pears has written an accessible, easy to follow book packed with everything an individual needs to grow their own organic vegetables and sow their way to a successful plot. Highly illustrated throughout with full-colour photographs, complete beginners as well as more experienced gardeners will find the guide both inspiring and instructional. Pears, an enthusiastic organic vegetable grower who currently cultivates two organic allotments as well as growing fruit and vegetables at her home, has written several books including Grow Organic and Your Organic Allotment. The launch of The Garden Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables by Pauline Pears is part of Garden Organic's Dig for Victory campaign, aimed at mobilising Britain's gardeners and non-gardeners to turn their green space, be it garden, allotment, grass verge, patio pot or window box, over to growing fruit and veg.' - Organic Garden & Home

    'In the last few years more people have been trying to grow plants in a more natural way without the dubious assistance of chemicals. If you want to grow your own vegetables and help the environment (as well as your own health) then this is a place to start. It didn't take me long to discover that it is an extremely good place to start if you are a beginner. For a slim volume, it covers an impressive array of topics and answers a number of important questions. To start with you need to take a look at your garden and see what is right for you, taking soil, weather, aspect, size etc into consideration as well as aesthetics. Make your own compost and discover exactly what you can and cannot put into it, sow seeds, raise transplants and discover what is meant by good organic practice. There are sections on a large number of different vegetables from the traditional to the exotic, and find out how to plant them and look after them, with notes on pests and how to get rid of them harmlessly.' - Myshelf.com

    'This is a book ostensibly for the British gardener, but anybody with a similar temperate climate ought to get plenty out of it too. I was impressed by the way the author managed to cut through the obfuscation of all the things an expert knows and most of the rest of us don't need to and come up with a readable, sensible modern book. Gives advice on how to gain bumper harvests while keeping your edibles free of synthetic chemicals. It covers soil care, compost making and good organic practice as well as growing everything from salad crops to spuds.' - Grow Your Own

    Looking after the soil
    Making garden compost
    Ways of growing vegetables
    What to grow
    Sowing seeds
    Raising transplants
    Good organic practice
    Mulching and cover crops
    Protecting your plants
    Working with nature

    The Vegetables
    French beans
    Runner beans
    Broad beans
    Beetroot, chard, leaf beet and spinach
    Brassicas (cabbage family)
    Oriental brassicas
    Sweetcorn Lettuces
    Other leafy salads
    Onions, leeks, garlic and shallots
    Courgettes, pumpkins, squashes and marrows

    ISBN: 9781844480883
    ISBN-10: 1844480887
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 64
    Published: 1st April 2009
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 28.702 x 21.336  x 0.508
    Weight (kg): 0.318