Books on organic gardening methods will help you learn how to grow your own vegetables without using harmful synthetic chemical herbicides and pesticides. Growing vegetables organically also means using organic soil-building techniques and using natural insect controls. Whether you want to grow a small salad garden or a year's supply of vegetables for your family, organic methods will allow you to produce a safe, healthy alternative to chemical-laden foods.
Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource
Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource is a comprehensive book that contains a wealth of information about organic gardening. It is a single volume encyclopedia, topically arranged alphabetically, and it includes information about plants, insects, diseases, organic controls and methods. Larger topics such as botanical nomenclature and edible landscaping are discussed, as well as specific organic gardening tips. The list price in June 2010 is $24.99.
"Organic Gardening for Dummies"
"Organic Gardening for Dummies" is a member of the Dummies series and contains straightforward ideas and explanations of organic gardening principles and methods. It also has chapters on diseases and insect pests, as well as humane ways to control other animal pests. The organic fertilizer information is easy to understand, and the soil-building concepts are explained thoroughly. The list price in June 2010 is $19.99.
"Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening""
Companion planting is an organic gardening concept that uses plants' natural capabilities to help each other grow, inhibit growth or repel insect pests. Interplanted species can also limit the spread of diseases by not having row after row of the same vegetables planted together. The list price for "Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening" in June 2010 is $14.95.
"Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens"
Each easy-to-follow guide to different types of small organic gardens in "Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens" is complete with a list of materials and instructions. Even if you have never planted a seed before, this book will tell you exactly what to do and how to do it. The garden ideas were developed for small spaces, such as an urban balcony or the corner of a tiny yard. Bag gardens, vertical growing and growing vegetables as borders are covered. The book contains basic organic growing information so you can grow your own vegetables easily. The list price in June 2010 is $19.95.