(This is a picture of my used and abused copy of 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
This is one of my top “go to” references when it comes to trouble shooting any gardening problems I may be having. The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food covers almost all and any questions you may have or come across while gardening. You can buy it here
In the first half of this book Tanya gives a good brief description of every item, followed by a list of the varieties, propagation times, desired soil Ph, common pests and diseases associated with, and how to harvest. This is particularly helpful when growing something you have never grown before. Tanya does nothing but set you up for success. Providing the reader with all the necessary information on where to plant/ seed (full sun or in a shady location), the desired temperature, and even includes information on companion gardening.
However, because we cannot control everything in our gardens at all times the other half of The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food includes two very useful and important chapters.
Chapter 5 Organic Remedies for Macro- and Microdestructive Agents
Chapter 6 Allies and Companions
Both of these Chapters cover everything that you may come across throughout the growing season. Such as identifying a pest/ disease , dealing with it, and keeping it away from your garden. There is also a lot of information on taking preventative measures to ensure success for your garden. A lot of these Preventative measures comes by the way of companion gardening. For example, if you plant garlic next to lettuces, it will deter aphids from infesting them.
This was particularly helpful for me this year with my mesclun salad mix. Last year, no matter what I tried, the aphids won and I lost. However, this year, after having referenced this book I planted garlic next to my salad mix and have yet to see any sign of aphids.
All in all, the Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food, is an unbelievably useful book to reference that should be in everyone’s library (when not in use).