No Dig Organic Home and Garden

Burra Maluca | Friday, 2nd June 2017
Burra reviews the No Dig Home and Garden and finds an excellent, informative book on no dig organic gardening in perfect harmony with the household too.
Author: Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty
Publisher: Permanent Publications
Publication year: 2017
RRP: £19.95
This is the book on no dig gardening that we have all been waiting for. Not only does it have over 200 pages with all the information you were hoping to find, it is also one of the best presented books I have handled in a long time. The writing is clear with no hype or waffle and is laid out beautifully making full use of the photographs to create an easy to follow instruction guide that you will come back to again and again.  

The authors have a wealth of experience in various climates and will guide you to the most appropriate techniques to use in your own garden. They also took almost all the photographs themselves, in their own gardens and homes, ensuring that the words and pictures work together in perfect balance and harmony. 

Here is a sample page to show you what I mean. 

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This book will inspire and enable anyone with a garden or access to enough land to create a no dig organic vegetable garden that will supply abundant produce to their homes.  

But I think one of the best things about it is that having taught you how to create your garden and grow your produce, it then switches to how to store and use it, not only in the kitchen but all around your home, making this a book that will become a firm favourite that is likely to spend its time living on the kitchen table rather than on the bookshelf.  

Here's the contents list to give you an idea of the book's scope. 

1 Growing Skills 
2 Where to Grow, Size of Plot, Deciding Inputs 
3 No Dig, Clearing Weeds and Ongoing Soil Care 
4 Sow, Plant, Space, Water 
5 Prevent, Deal with Pests and Diseases 
6 DIY Potions for your Garden, Home and Body 
7 Transforming Waste into Compost 
8 Longer Seasons 
9 Storing Produce after Harvest 
10 Storing and Preserving your Harvest 
11 Saving Seeds 
12 Food and Recipes 
13 Top Perennial Vegetables 
14 Top Vegetables for Roots and Leaves 
15 Top Vegetables for Pods and Fruit 
16 Salad Leaves all Year 
17 Growing and using Herbs 
18 Growing and using Edible Flowers 
19 Some Different Plants to Grow 
20 Selling, Trading 

So who is this book for? 

As a wonderful guide to tested and proven no-dig techniques it would be the perfect choice for experienced gardeners who wish to broaden their horizons and experiment with the no dig concept.  It would also be the right choice for those of us who have physical health problems and want to find ways to continue to raise our own produce without having to dig.  

But I think the main audience for this book is new gardeners. If I was just setting up my first garden, this is the book I would want by my side.  If friends of mine were moving into their first property with a garden, this is the book I would buy for them as a house-warming gift. I can see it becoming my go-to wedding gift. 

In short, this is a superb book and is as beautiful as it is practical. It an absolute credit to the publishers and authors who have worked together to create a book that is a pleasure to read and a joy to behold. 

In the time it's taken me to write this review, this book has become the best selling book about organic gardening at amazon.co.uk and it deserves to stay that way for a long time and reach the hands of a whole new generation of budding gardeners.
Check out the link above and buy direct at discount from the publishers (P&P free int he UK!). It's the most ethical way of buying books and ensures that small, independent, niche publishers survive in our globalised publishing world. North American readers can buy this title from Chelsea Green Publishing.

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