By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Organic: Don Burke’s Guide To Growing Organic Food
By Don Burke (New Holland, $35.00, hardcover, 380 pages)
Organic is an engaging blend of expert advice and prodigious gardening ideas.
Not many of us can claim to be six years old when they started a vegie garden on their own, but Don Burke can.
“I planted radishes and they grew up quickly,” he recalls. “I can still remember the superb taste of my first crop and how proud I was when I took some inside and presented them to the family.”
This updated second edition has added clever ideas for small backyards including how to grow fruit trees flat against a wall, sustainable living in small spaces, the potager garden, varieties of fruit and vegetables (rare ones too), backyard poultry and safer pest and disease treatments.
In a novel presentation, Burke takes you into established yards where families give tips and outline highlights from their growing experience, giving step-by-step instructions on how to fertilise soil, create vegie beds, raise healthy produce and overpower pests.
Find out the benefits of growing your own vegetables including cost-cutting, family fun, fresh produce and greater variety of species unavailable in shops.
The garden guru also tells of the latest developments in organic produce and materials. Learn everything from the art of composting, keeping chickens, harvesting and planting plans to enjoy some delectable garden recipes such as Persimmon and blue cheese salad, Chocolate zucchini cake, Sultana carrot cheesecake and Eggplant parmigiana.
The practical guide contains expanded sections on fruit, nuts and herbs, more information on sustainable living, updated products and their usage and the latest development in organic produce and materials.
This is an essential gardening reference with an annual sowing calendar, an A-Z of what to grow and colour photographs that are sure to inspire keen gardeners.
He makes growing your own successful organic vegetable garden sound so easy – and rewarding!
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