The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual new arrival of Tools and Techniques for the Home discount and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition outlet sale

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual new arrival of Tools and Techniques for the Home discount and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition outlet sale

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual new arrival of Tools and Techniques for the Home discount and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition outlet sale
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With more than 45,000 sold since 1989, The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic. In this newly revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as:

  • Farm-Generated Fertility―how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available.
  • The Moveable Feast―how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up.
  • The Winter Garden―how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses.
  • Pests―how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants.
  • The Information Resource―how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live.

Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

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Coleman''s personable work draws together the experience and wisdom of his 25 years as a vegetable gardener in Maine. It includes nearly all the material in the previous edition (LJ 11/1/89), communicating a respect and feeling for "the land" and its processes. Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful observations he and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to "mobile greenhouses" that expand the growing season, each method is thought through to its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival. Well-presented graphics illustrate methods and techniques. This new edition includes sidebar references and notes, new chapters on creating fertile soil (without importing items such as manure from sources that may not use organic methods), and use of existing information channels to learn of new information. Of interest for even the smallest veggie patch grower. The Dirt Doctor''s Guide to Organic Gardening presents many of the same sustainable concepts with the vehemence of its radio talk show host and news columnist author. Garrett gives tips on a broader range of home gardening, including landscaping and wildlife, and spends much effort on the abuses of past and current practice. Basics are presented briefly, with many eco-asides that help break up the dense, information-rich text. Lack of visuals makes the material harder to absorb, yet one is constantly copying out directions as they appear. These tidbits and the coverage of issues concerning Southern gardens make the title of value, though gathering the tips in an appendix or special section would have provided better access. For general collections.
Sue Gardner, Albert Wisner Lib., Warwick, N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Coleman''s personable work draws together the experience and wisdom of his 25 years as a vegetable gardener in Maine. It includes nearly all the material in the previous edition (LJ 11/1/89), communicating a respect and feeling for "the land" and its processes. Every page is imbued with the wisdom and careful observations he and his associates have gathered; from soil structure to "mobile greenhouses" that expand the growing season, each method is thought through to its ultimate impact on the earth and on economic survival. Well-presented graphics illustrate methods and techniques. This new edition includes sidebar references and notes, new chapters on creating fertile soil (without importing items such as manure from sources that may not use organic methods), and use of existing information channels to learn of new information. Of interest for even the smallest veggie patch grower. The Dirt Doctor''s Guide to Organic Gardening presents many of the same sustainable concepts with the vehemence of its radio talk show host and news columnist author. Garrett gives tips on a broader range of home gardening, including landscaping and wildlife, and spends much effort on the abuses of past and current practice. Basics are presented briefly, with many eco-asides that help break up the dense, information-rich text. Lack of visuals makes the material harder to absorb, yet one is constantly copying out directions as they appear. These tidbits and the coverage of issues concerning Southern gardens make the title of value, though gathering the tips in an appendix or special section would have provided better access. For general collections.

(Sue Gardner, Albert Wisner Lib., Warwick, N.Y.)

"This is the best book on small-scale farming I''ve read in years."--Pat Stone, Mother Earth News



"I know of no other person. . . who can produce better results on the land with an economy of effort and means than Eliot. He has transformed gardening from a task, to a craft, and finally to what Steward Brand would call ''local science''."--Paul Hawken, from the Foreword



"Anybody seriously tempted to try. . . raising healthy food on healthy land. . . must first read The New Organic Grower. Coleman, who has been a quiet leader in the American organic movement for several decades, presents a balanced, logical exposition of his subject."--Horticulture



"Coleman conveys a vast amount of detailed information without ever insulting the intelligence of the reader. He speaks as if to a fellow home or market gardener, sharing what works for him and discussing what he knows and what he doesn''t know. The New Organic Grower will be the book you dog-ear and feather with yellow sticky pages, returning to it time and again."--San Francisco Chronicle



"Eliot Coleman''s book will help market gardeners establish the vital and profitable link between farm and city during the 1990s. Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy."--Robert Rodale

About the Author

Eliot Coleman has over fifty years experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic GrowerFour-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook, as well as the instructional workshop DVD Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman. Coleman and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, presently operate a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.

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John C. Patella
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An indispensable resource for growers
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2018
Probably the textbook for aspiring and even established market gardener''s, written by one of the masters. Rather than a how to book, it is best read as a methodology on how to find evidence based solutions to particular problems. Coleman well understands that each... See more
Probably the textbook for aspiring and even established market gardener''s, written by one of the masters. Rather than a how to book, it is best read as a methodology on how to find evidence based solutions to particular problems. Coleman well understands that each gardener will have specific challenges yet all gardeners face many of the same general obstacles, such as pests, soil, and so on, and thus focuses on how to approach an issue rather than offering a set solution to that issue, knowing that what may work in Maine might not work elsewhere. Still the book is chock full of good ideas that have wide applicability, including his recipe for soil blocks, a recipe that, with a few tweaks, I have used with good results for several years. Coleman is also a bit of an inventor, and several of his creations are available through Johnny''s Seeds. I do not always agree with everything, as many of my root vegetables transplant just fine thank you, but find this book an invaluable resource.
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AlphaDog
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Intermediate to proficient gardening reading but good still for newbies
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2011
One caveat: if you grow veggies on 1/4 acre or more you''re going to like this book more than if you grow veggies on a small lot (less than 100 sq. ft), on a balcony, or in containers. The reader will have to scale down significantly the concepts in this book. I don''t think... See more
One caveat: if you grow veggies on 1/4 acre or more you''re going to like this book more than if you grow veggies on a small lot (less than 100 sq. ft), on a balcony, or in containers. The reader will have to scale down significantly the concepts in this book. I don''t think it''s impossible; but it is more work for the reader. also, this is not a how-to book. Coleman gives some guidance but no step-by-step instructions.

I first checked this book out from the local library (as a newbie gardener I found the information relevant, fascinating and it fired me up about organic techniques which are making a comeback). I checked it out so many times that I decided to buy it. I must admit that some of the writing feels rather technical and elevated even though he does use plain English. The information on crop rotation was like a graduate level explication class for me (if that doesn''t make sense that''s how i felt after reading the crop rotation section). He has a method using index cards that i found clear as mud (that''s part of the reason I didn''t buy this book at first, i think I would have felt overwhelmed). It is geared toward small commercial growers 2.5 acres to 5 acres types. However, i believe that these concepts can be applied to a small home garden be it just a few raised beds or a 1/4 acre lot. While he won''t tell you HOW to create a raised bed specifically or provide a step-by-step guide on everything there is to know about gardening, he gives you his known good advice on composting, soil amendment,row spacing, greenhouse growing and especially the crops that they grown on their farm successfully, and so much more. Also keep in mind that this book''s concepts are from years working on a farm in New England (not to mention experience working on small farms in Europe)--for gardeners who don''t have to contend with permafrost you just have to make adjustments and keep those garden zones differences in mind. I love this book but if you''re a newbie, check the book out from the library and evaluate before you make a purchase (that''s my general recommendation on any book for that matter).

Lastly, don''t be to surprised if the techniques described in the book may appear more labor intensive (I don''t know what aspect of gardening isn''t labor intensive, but anyway...) or more complicated than traditional gardening techniques (say for example controlling weeds with chemicals or killing pests with pesticide or amending soil with chemical fertilizers). This book is about purely ORGANIC techniques that in the long run means less work for you as the gardener and more work returning to mother nature. Hence the name, New Organic Grower.
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The Great Gadfly
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This book is a foundational text for serious gardening. ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
This book is a foundational text for serious gardening. It need not be organic either. This book is just fundamentally solid in every way, contains no pseudo-science, and has an efficient disposition towards working the garden.
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Daniel
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Great for row gardening
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2015
This book is particularly great if you intend to stay with a row system and looking for a small scale operation (small in size, not yield) - simple and direct hand on advice fo what to do, what tools work best without becoming a slave to your tools (toys) ect. I... See more
This book is particularly great if you intend to stay with a row system and looking for a small scale operation (small in size, not yield) - simple and direct hand on advice fo what to do, what tools work best without becoming a slave to your tools (toys) ect.

I will likely go with a raised bed system instead and some info in here is just not compatible, but if I had more open space I would certainly try Coleman.
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This is by far the best book I''ve read on the topic and I have ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2014
I''ve had home gardens for 40 years. I wanted to take my skills and knowledge up a level by learning from a professional. This is by far the best book I''ve read on the topic and I have a bookshelf full. Not everything in this book will apply directly to the home gardener... See more
I''ve had home gardens for 40 years. I wanted to take my skills and knowledge up a level by learning from a professional. This is by far the best book I''ve read on the topic and I have a bookshelf full. Not everything in this book will apply directly to the home gardener but more than enough of it does to make it my all time favorite. The first few times I used ideas from the book my husband kidded me about it; now when we have a problem to solve in the garden he asks me if Elliott Coleman has written anything on that problem : )
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Sarah
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No-Nonsense for serious market gardeners
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015
So informative, and a no-nonsense approach. If you are looking for nice little sweet gardening anecdotes and folk wisdom look elsewhere! So many gardening books are just that- charming folksy little books that romanticize gardening and farming. This is the no bull$h!t... See more
So informative, and a no-nonsense approach. If you are looking for nice little sweet gardening anecdotes and folk wisdom look elsewhere! So many gardening books are just that- charming folksy little books that romanticize gardening and farming. This is the no bull$h!t straight dope on market farming from someone who can back up everything he says with actual scientific data rather than anecdotal evidence and stories from the old days.
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jade pierce
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For the REAL Vegetable Gardener
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2016
Gave me so much good information that other books have not. Especially like the part on crop rotation and how to devise your own plan. I have many vegetable gardening book and this is the only one that has really helped after more than 10 years of gardening. It is not a... See more
Gave me so much good information that other books have not. Especially like the part on crop rotation and how to devise your own plan. I have many vegetable gardening book and this is the only one that has really helped after more than 10 years of gardening. It is not a book though to search how to information though you could do that. I enjoyed it just reading from start to finish and marked the parts I wanted to go back to and take notes. i like this the best of all Coleman''s books.
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Phil B
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Smashing read
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
Great read. Just the kind of information a newbie is seeking. The book seemed to be organized well and topics were covered clearly. Everything from soil fertility to cover crops/green manure, through topics such as growing from seed and transplanting and the soil mixes to... See more
Great read. Just the kind of information a newbie is seeking. The book seemed to be organized well and topics were covered clearly. Everything from soil fertility to cover crops/green manure, through topics such as growing from seed and transplanting and the soil mixes to go along with it. Buy his other books? Oh, I couldn''t...
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Greenky
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Another really excellent manual for growers, small and large scale!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 5, 2013
This is s really thorough, detailed explanation of many aspects of growing veg. Eliot Coleman shares so much of his decades of knowledge and experience of growing veg commercially on a fairly small scale family farm. He backs up his assertions with evidence and writes with...See more
This is s really thorough, detailed explanation of many aspects of growing veg. Eliot Coleman shares so much of his decades of knowledge and experience of growing veg commercially on a fairly small scale family farm. He backs up his assertions with evidence and writes with a clear, unsentimental style, though he is passionate about the concept of growing healthy plants for the well being of his customers and the environment. I was totally inspired and went and bought two of his other books as a result!
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Classic Organic Textbook
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2020
A classic organic textbook by a leading skilled grower. Packed with useful information
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A. Roux
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This is the ultimate classic handbook for low tech organic growers.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2016
Covering everything from planning and growing to marketing and selling this book contains everything you need to know to be a successful organic grower. I particularly enjoy the sections on innovative hand tools and how they can be used to make your work easier and improve...See more
Covering everything from planning and growing to marketing and selling this book contains everything you need to know to be a successful organic grower. I particularly enjoy the sections on innovative hand tools and how they can be used to make your work easier and improve your crops. Worth every cent and more.
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Bevan Nicol
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Well written, excellent book packed with detail
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 10, 2009
My wife and I have just purchased 2.5 hectares in Sweden, half is forest and the theres a good block of 700 sq metres that hasn''t been farmed in 50 years, just gone to grass... the aim is to begin a small scale organic operation... the thing is i''ve never really done this...See more
My wife and I have just purchased 2.5 hectares in Sweden, half is forest and the theres a good block of 700 sq metres that hasn''t been farmed in 50 years, just gone to grass... the aim is to begin a small scale organic operation... the thing is i''ve never really done this before in looking for a book to guide me i read reviews and excerpts to many books, and finally thought Elliot Cole''s New Organic Grower sounded like just the ticket... I don''t think I''m wrong... this book is loaded with great advice and techniques suited to a home or small market gardner i was worried about such a book being used only to send me to sleep at nights, but Cole''s style of writing is simple and engaging, and sometimes even witty... he''s like that nice old uncle you always thought was smarter than your dad! then again the real proof will be in next year''s crop.. right now i have a whole lot of preparation to do! BN.
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Ive read quite a few books on this subject and this is one of the best
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2018
Ive read quite a few books on this subject and this is one of the best. A fascinating book by someone who has really done it. I loved his intelligent, observant and practical approach, every problem thought through, underpinned by a real ethos. So many useful and practical...See more
Ive read quite a few books on this subject and this is one of the best. A fascinating book by someone who has really done it. I loved his intelligent, observant and practical approach, every problem thought through, underpinned by a real ethos. So many useful and practical tips. Thoroughly reccomend this book
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The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual new arrival of Tools and Techniques for the Home discount and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition outlet sale

The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual new arrival of Tools and Techniques for the Home discount and Market Gardener, 2nd Edition outlet sale