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May 31, 2010

Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening is an oldie but a goodie

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When I first came to my homestead, one of the first books I bought was Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. I also subscribed to Organic Gardening Magazine and I used those two resources to help me get started with a gardening career that has lasted 40 years. I still use it when I have a question or wonder what to do.

Keep in mind when you buy it that it is an encyclopedia. It has basic information, but if you want extensive cover of every aspect of a problem, like seed gemination for example, it will tell you have to get started, but to delve deeply into a subject you will need a book that focuses only on sprouting seeds. Here is the quick reference to guide you about what fertilizer to use with tomatoes but not an extensive listing of all varieties and their pecularities. It is the book to keep handy so you can look up aphids and get a quick take on what to do about an infestation. It tells you how to stake tomatoes and when to harvest garlic. It gives you basics about mulch, what to use and how much to use.

Rodale and Rodale press ruled the Organic world when I was first starting and the help I received from them kept me going through years and years of gardening. This is the quick I want help now reference book for the organic gardener and it will be on my work table every spring through fall. I'm very grateful for it.

At Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (Paperback)

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at May 31, 2010 8:10 AM
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