Organic gardening books can be very useful for anybody who wants to begin gardening in the organic way. This means, of course, avoiding use of any harmful chemical pesticides or fertilizers. In addition, if you want a truly organic garden, you will need to begin from seeds or bedding plants that have been raised the organic way.
When you are choosing organic gardening books there are certain things that you should look out for. Keep in mind that there is no need to choose a book that gives a lot of information about different plants. You can get that information from any gardening book. What you need from a book about organic gardening is the information that is specific to working in your garden in the natural way.
Organic gardening books will normally contain some information on pest control. This is an important subject because the green gardener will not use most of the common pesticides and sprays that can be found in plant nurseries. Instead, you will want to know about pest control methods that are less harmful to the environment.
There are some natural methods of killing certain pests that you can learn about from books about organic gardening. In addition, there are many methods of keeping pests out of your garden without actually killing them. These include adding certain plants to your garden that pests do not like, constructing your beds in a way that deters others, and encouraging predators that will feed on the pests, including birds, ladybugs and other plant-friendly insects.
Which method of pest control should you use? It depends on the range of plants that you are growing. Therefore, a good organic gardening book will have a large section on the different types of pest control that are suitable for different plants.
How you plant your organic garden is very important to the health of the plants. Many organic gardeners like to follow a system of ‘companion planting’ where plants that will support each other are planted close together. Organic gardening books often carry a list of companion plants.
It is also useful to think about which plants should be close to the house. Organic gardeners will think not only about the appearance of their garden when laying it out, but also about practical aspects such as keeping plants that need a lot of care close to the house, and also those that you will be harvesting often, such as herbs.
Finally, your chosen volume should include information on how to put goodness back into the soil. Methods can include plant rotation and composting as well as using store bought fertilizer or manure. You can expect to learn how to get the absolute best from your garden and its soil in organic gardening books.