Good Reads For Organic Gardening And Composting

By Charlotte Carson

Photos By Annie Spratt

This collection of helpful organic gardening and composting books will give you great informative insights on effective techniques to get the beautiful garden, backyard, compost, you’ve always wanted.

Best for Cultivating The Right Mindset:

Working With Nature – Shifting Paradigms

This 200-plus-page book will give you an excellent understanding of the interconnected processes that control the farmer’s life: sun, soil, water, other plant and animal systems and even the air surrounding your plants are all relevant factors, and learning how to work with them will lead you to great organic successes.

Best for Making Mulch:

The Rodale Book of Composting

Composting is an planet – and budget-friendly alternative to buying bags. But you can’t put just anything in your compost pile, and this boo of it The author shows you exactly what you can and cannot use to fuel your fertilizer.

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Inside, there are tactics you can use to produce top-notch mulch: this book will show you how, using the latest tools and techniques. There are even individual sections to help guide you in the event you should find yourself advising an apartment dwelling friend  that would like a non-traditional compost pile of their own.

Best for Picking Plants:

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

This book gives you in-depth information on over 765 fruits, vegetables, herbs and even nuts, to help you to decide how many of which plants to spend your time growing. You will learn which work best for what climates, how to plant and water them, the proper soil types and spacing requirements, and even the first and last times you should plant them. In addition to learning about the plants themselves, you will also learn recipes for naturally fighting off insects, animals, and diseases.

Best for Troubleshooting:

The Non-Toxic Farming Handbook

Anytime you have a issue with your plants, pests, disease or planning, this book is the perfect go-to. It is straight forward enough for a beginner because it summarizes in plain language research on biology, soil recovery, and weeds in a way that anyone can understand.

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The book is written by an international agronomist who runs a soil testing lab and consults for farmers around the world who has a broad academic background — not to mention a Ph.D. in biophysics. A great read and go to for anyone looking for grow organic.

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