Earth, Plant and Compost
William F. Brinton
A great little book! Everything you've ever wanted to know about composting - including HOW to do it! Well illustrated, too!
- General principles of composting
- Source ingredients for composting
- Composting methods
- Sheer or surface composting
- Evaluting compost quality
- Compost uses
- Compost mulching
- Composting for kitchens and family gardens
- Special composts
- Glossary of technical terms for compost and soil
- Compost and related bibliography
- Useful addresses - technical assistance
What it is - How it is made - What it does
H. H. Koepf
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An early classic of biodynamic gardening and farming literature, Koepf's booklet is the most concise, jam-packed description of the art of creating soil fertility from refuse. All the information you need to successfully build your own compost piles is included in the 18 pages of Compost. Can't be beat for usefulness and economy!
Note: for those of you who are visual learners, please be aware that there are no pictures in Compost. If illustrations are important to you, you will be much happier with Earth, Plant and Compost, sold above.
Carrots Love Tomatoes
Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
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Louise Riotte first published Carrots Love Tomatoes in 1979 - and thus taught generations of gardeners how to see their gardens and the plants in them in a new way. Since then, Carrots Love Tomatoes has been revised, expanded, updated and has become even more widely known and beloved than ever.
Riotte's understanding of companion planting, and her practical experience with it exceeds anything else we have seen - including Philbrick and Gregg's Companion Plants and How to Use Them (which is prominently featured in her Biblography). Her familiarity with Biodynamics and Philbrick and Gregg's book simply leaps off the page just as her independent, deepened work with companion planting carries this work forward and has made it available and useful to many who have never heard of either of her predecessors.
I should add that we have used companion planting for years with great success and that Louise Riotte's book is both a rigorous resource and a delightful "read": she's warm, funny, and interesting in all kinds of ways. In fact, you may want to read it before you use it - once you put it in your garden shed (where, if you're like us, you'll go back to it time and again as you plant) it's likely that it will take on a patina of soil that will make it less than welcomed in your home.
Roses Love Garlic
Companion Planting and Other Secrets of Flowers
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Having covered the realm of companion planting with vegetables better than anyone else in Carrots Love Tomatoes (immediately above), Louise Riotte turns her attention to flowers - and all their friends and enemies, too. Her knowledge is deep and broad, her humor evident everywhere, and her experience and practicality are unequaled. Another gardener's treasure.
and How to Use Them
Helen Philbrick and Richard Gregg
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Companion Plants was my first introduction many years ago (early 1970s) to what to me was "garden magic." When I came upon Philbrick and Gregg's little classic, I had never heard of companion planting and could find no one among my acquaintences who knew about it, either. And thus, my world in the garden opened up to include the relationships between various plants, and I came to stand back, amazed, at how very much differenct it really did make whether I planted Marigolds (Tagetes) among the tomatoes or onions around the borders of my vegetable beds.
I think this book went out of print sometime in the early 1980s and hadn't been heard from since save on the shelves of used book stores (if you were lucky). Happily, it is once again in print, to guide and astonish a whole new generation of gardeners. In it, you'll discover such a wealth of information that it really seems inexhaustible.
I should add that Companion Plants was the ground-breaking work that inspired Louise Riotte to make her own discoveries and record them for us in her books Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses Love Garlic - if books can be seen as seeds, then Companion Plants has one of the highest germination rates possible. But, I'll leave you to discover that for yourself.
Weeds and What They Tell Us
Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer
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Weeds and What They Tell Us is one of the most useful books for gardeners, and one that has taught me again and again not only what my garden needs, but also how very wise nature herself is.
Pfeiffer's approach begins with the premise that nature really does know what she is doing, and that weeds grow where they are needed. By learning what each weed is offering to the soil, the discerning gardener or farmer can use organic matter and minerals to effect that same balance. The weed, no longer needed, will soon disappear from the cultivated area.
This wonderful little book covers everything you need to know about the types of plants known as weeds. Pfeiffer discusses the different varieties of weeds, how they grow and what they can tell us about soil health. The process of combatting weeds is discussed in principle as well as in practice, so that it can be applied to any situation.
The added bonus of this little book is what you can learn about the nature of plant life and the wonders of the world.