240 pages, 32 colour plates, illus
Forget the rules: 'received wisdom' about gardening is surprisingly inaccurate. Understand better what is going on in the soil and with your plants, in your own garden and climate, and work out your own methods instead. Respect and encourage life as much as you can, chiefly by spreading good compost or manure. There is no need to dig in compost and manure - just spread it on top and let worms take it in. Digging can harm soil structure, and is not helpful to plants. You can reduce weeding to a little hand-weeding or hoeing every ten days.
Based on the author's experience of a system of permanent slightly-raised beds, the second edition of this book covers a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases. The book includes recipes to inspire you to culinary heights with your fresh-picked produce alongside new photos and tips on new varieties.
Whteht you dig or not this contains a wealth of personal knowledge about growing vegetables from a man who pioneered vegetable boxes and impressed Jy Larkcom - the doyenne of vegetables. Oxford Times - November 2010 "The revised edition, Organic Gardening features new photogrpahs, new varieties and more tips and advice on growing delcious vegetables and tasty fruit the no-dig way. It also includes inspiring recipes by Charles' wife, Susie." Positive News - Winter 10/11 "This book works as a brilliant introduction to growing your own, but is also an encyclopaedia of fruit and veg varieties, with practical advice on sowing, planting and growing." Bristol Evening Post / Western Daily Press
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