The Organic Garden: Green Gardening for a Healthy Planet

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The meaning of "organic" is changing fast, becoming more and more an umbrella term for all things environmental: from ethical consumerism, waste recycling, and self-sufficiency to new trends in wildlife-friendly, sustainable, and forest gardening. This guide aims to redefine what it means to be an organic gardener by showing how these popular new areas of green living are relevant to ordinary gardeners and by demonstrating simple, achievable ways that these ideas can transform any garden. Topics that are covered include gardening for wildlife, decoration, and food; making ethical choices at the garden center; creating an ecological shed; exploring alternatives for outdoor living; and gardening beyond the garden—conservation volunteering and community gardening.

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After completing an MA in International Relations and the Environment, Allan Shepherd headed off to the great wilderness of Wales and never returned. He has been lost in the valleys ever since, leading the life of an environmental pioneer. He is a passionate advocate of practical organics and has helped to create two award-winning gardens at BBC Gardeners' World Live. During his years on the environmental trail he has forged a unique style of writing, tackling the big questions with humour and irreverence; never letting his passion for green issues get in the way of his innate sense of fun. From his Welsh hideaway, he sends smoke signals to the outside world. His previous puffs of smoke have included The Little Book of Slugs, The Little Book of Garden Heroes, Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time and The Little Book of Garden Villains. He hopes you have a good time deciphering this latest smoke signal. Send one back via www.allanshepherd.com.

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Shepherd takes the notion of organic gardening to a new level with this poetic guide that "treats gardening as the starting point for a whole organic lifestyle." With a holistic attitude reminiscent of the back-to-the-land hippie days, Shepherd begins with the premise that farmer's markets, community gardens and organic gardening are thriving because "people have rediscovered what it's like to be part of something." At turns whimsical and practical, he writes, "I enter my garden and immediately want to slow down to the pace of a snail." In this leisurely spirit, the first part delves mainly into atmospheric and social considerations (benches, hedges, fences and sheds) and how to achieve them sustainably. Only then does it address the more traditional gardening topics of microclimate, soil, planting and pests. Shepherd's 10 principles of organic gardening-"create space," "soil is everything," "make a social space," among them-provide underpinnings for the overlapping themes of the book, which, although light on the step-by-step instructions novices might expect, provides something less tangible but perhaps more important: a vivid taste of why gardeners love to garden.
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