The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food

By Tanya L. K. Denckla; Stephen Alcorn (Other)

Storey Publishing, Paperback, 9781580173704, 485pp.

Publication Date: February 2004

Before it was a book, The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food was organic gardener Tanya L. K. Denckla's highly prized personal database, the distillation of years of careful research and hands-on, real-life, dirt-under-the-fingernails experience in growing her own vegetables, herbs, fruits, and nuts. Now available to all, this easy-to-read sourcebook offers much to gardeners of all skill levels, answering questions quickly and authoritatively so more time can be spent enjoying the garden. Six comprehensive chapters cover vegetables, fruits and nuts, herbs, organic remedies, and allies and companions. Within each chapter plants are arranged alphabetically, making needed information eminently accessible. Individual plant entries provide specific information on planting; temperature; soil and water needs; measurements; seed-starting dates; pests, diseases, allies, companions, and incompatibles, as applicable; when to harvest; how to store produce; and overviews of selected varieties. Fully half of the book is dedicated to organic remedies that can prevent or combat plant diseases and garden pests. Hundreds of common diseases and pests are discussed, as well as which plants are likely to be affected, how to recognize the problem, and tried-and-true natural remedies. The Gardener's A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food demystifies how to work collaboratively with the complex natural systems of the environment, making gardening a little easier and definitely more fun.

About the Author
Tanya L. K. Denckla is a gardener, writer, and professional mediator specializing in environmental policy. She has extensive experience in grassroots community organizing and is the former director of two non-profit organizations involved in urban and community forestry. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia.

Stephen Alcorn studied printmaking in Italy and illustrated the Modern Library series. He is the 1998 recipient of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award.