The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman was one of the first gardening books I ever purchased, and the 30th Anniversary Edition is a worthy successor to the original. Whether you're a gardener or a market farmer, The New Organic Grower is an excellent addition for your garden library.
The New Organic Grower is as much about “why” as “how”. Why we need to chose living soil over chemical fertilizers, even if the chemicals seem cheaper up front. Why growing systems should include both plants and animals. There's history, tools, troubleshooting and inspiration.
Eliot Coleman's “plant positive” approach is much needed in a world that focuses on treating plant diseases. While a garden may never be 100% “pest free”, truly healthy plants take little damage from pests. On the flip side, stressed plants attract more bugs and disease. While we work towards our personal Edens, Eliot offers practical advice to help us get there, step by step.
The full color photos throughout bring the text to life. It was wonderful to see a new section on growing flowers for market. In addition to being a lucrative crop, they increase biodiversity and add beauty. The market garden stand at Four Season Farm was particularly eye-catching.
I'm still in love with the movable greenhouses greenhouses and four season harvest, which drew me to the original text. I also appreciate the small scale tools that are functional for market and larger home gardeners alike. If you want to work on rebuilding connections between us and our food, The New Organic Grower is a welcome read.
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- The Lean Farm – Making More Income with Less Work
- The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables – Efficient Organic Production
- Working with Nature – Shifting Paradigms and The Essence of Organic Gardening
- The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming
- Mycorrhizal Planet – Nurturing Fungi to to Build Soil Fertility and Support Plant Health
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