Organic Gardening in the North East : A Hands-on Month by Month Guide

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-01
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Organic Gardening (not just) in the Northeast is organized around the calendar year, starting in March and continuing through the year with timely advice. Henry Homeyer's book is packed with useful information you won't easily find elsewhere: how to sharpen your pruners, use a screwdriver to test for compaction in the lawn, and build a welcoming cedar arbor as an entrance to the garden. Learn how to grow ladyslipper orchids or Himalayan blue poppies, prune apple trees, grow giant pumpkins, and even how to start a date palm from a grocery store date or build a small stone igloo to delight grandchildren. Eccentric, eclectic, and entertaining, whether you are a beginner or a veteran, this book has something and more for you. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Henry Homeyer is a UNH Master Gardener, and the author of three other gardening books, who has been writing a weekly gardening column for newspapers in the Northeast for more than ten years. He was the New Hampshire/Vermont associate editor for People, Places and Plants magazine for nearly as long. He broadcasts on VPR and teaches a course in Sustainable Gardening at Granite State College. Josh Yunger is a freelance artist living in South Strafford, Vermont who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. IX
Marchp. 1
Starting Plants from Seedp. 1
Now Is the Time to Start Artichokes, Onions, and Peppersp. 3
Pruning Apple Treesp. 6
Sharpening Prunersp. 9
Starting a Garden from Scratchp. 11
Listening to the Garden Spiritsp. 15
Spring in the Gardenp. 17
Growing Rice: You Can Do Itp. 19
Aprilp. 22
Growing Giant Carrotsp. 22
Making Good Compostp. 25
Planning the Vegetable Gardenp. 28
Day-Neutral Strawberriesp. 30
Planting Bare-Root Rosesp. 32
Rototilling-Good or Bad?p. 35
Organic Seeds: Worth the Money?p. 37
On Gardening and Grampiesp. 39
Mayp. 42
Dandelionsp. 42
Hardening Off Seedlings and Planting the Vegetable Gardenp. 43
Fertilizers: Chemical versus Organicp. 46
Organic Lawnsp. 48
Planting Trees and Shrubs for Birdsp. 51
Compost Teap. 53
Primrosesp. 56
Weeding 101p. 58
Junep. 62
Growing Green Beansp. 62
Watering 101p. 64
Annual Flowers for Color All Summer Longp. 67
Growing Ladyslipper Orchidsp. 70
Dealing with Insect Pests without Chemicalsp. 72
Gardening with Kidsp. 75
An Appreciation: Tasha Tudor (1915-2008)p. 76
Julyp. 81
Scarecrows: They're Not Just for Crows Anymorep. 81
Biennial Flowersp. 83
July Chores in the Vegetable Gardenp. 86
Perennial Fruits and Vegetablesp. 88
Hoesp. 90
Mulching 101p. 92
On a Fad Diet of Rock Dust, How the Garden Does Grow?p. 94
The Berrymeister, Lewis Hillp. 97
Augustp. 100
Garden Folliesp. 100
Dayliliesp. 103
The Garden as a Place of Comfortp. 105
Standing Stones in the Gardenp. 108
The Killer Instinctp. 110
Spiffy Up the Garden and Have a Partyp. 112
Wheelbarrowsp. 114
Saving the Harvest and Putting Up Tomatoesp. 117
Septemberp. 120
Applesp. 120
Planting Fall Bulbsp. 123
Using and Storing the Harvestp. 125
Fall in the Flower Gardenp. 126
Saving Seedsp. 129
Share the Vegetables Dayp. 131
Fire Ciderp. 133
Putting the Garden to Bedp. 135
Octoberp. 138
Giant Pumpkinsp. 138
In Praise of Leaf Moldp. 141
Fall Astersp. 143
Growing Garlic: Now Is the Time to Plantp. 145
Fall Is the Time to Prune Deciduous Shrubsp. 148
Noble Treesp. 150
Planting Trees Rightp. 153
Novemberp. 158
Building a Pagoda-Style Garden Entryp. 158
A Frog Lends a Hand to Rhododendronsp. 159
Horseradishp. 161
Forcing Bulbsp. 164
Potatoesp. 167
Protecting Your Soilp. 169
Learning from Mistakes in the Gardenp. 171
Decemberp. 175
Poinsettiasp. 175
Protecting Plants for the Winterp. 178
Starting Tropical Trees from Seed Indoorsp. 180
A Very Special Gardenerp. 182
Creating an Arboretum in Your Backyardp. 185
Picking Stems to Grace the Table in Winterp. 188
Removing Big Tree Branchesp. 190
Holiday Gardening with Kidsp. 192
Januaryp. 195
Stone Wallsp. 195
New Year's Reflectionsp. 198
Growing Unusual Vegetablesp. 199
Decorating the Landscape for Winterp. 202
Growing Bananas and Other Unusual Plants from Seedp. 205
Goodbye and Good Riddance to Invasive Shrubsp. 207
Midwinter Thoughts About Pesticidesp. 210
Study Your Landscape and Make Plansp. 213
Februaryp. 216
Groundhog Dayp. 216
Seed Catalogs: What to Think About Before You Orderp. 217
Oaksp. 220
Landscaping by Subtractionp. 223
Starting Seeds in Soil Blocksp. 225
Sustainable Stewp. 228
Trees with Winter Interestp. 230
Winter Work: Reading About Gardeningp. 233
Talking Gardening with Ray Magliozzi, the Car Talk Guyp. 236
Indexp. 240
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