Gardening for the 21st Century
A complete guide to growing vegetables,
fruits, herbs and flowers
Photography by Steven Wooster
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Reviewed by Mike Gowing
IN writing this book,
John Fedor's credentials, as a biochemist who has turned his hand
to organic gardening, are impeccable. The statement in the preface
that organic gardening should never be thought of as backward looking
is borne out in the text that follows. As befits a book emphasising
that gardens can thrive without chemicals, much is made of getting
the soil right through conditioning.
Fedor discusses compost
and green manures, for example, at length. His biochemist's eye
for detail turns in fascinating facts - as in, did you know that
each tablespoon of topsoil has more then six million living organisms?
Crop rotation, saving
seed, and heritage and heirloom varieties are all discussed. And
Fedor is unequivocal about the use of sprays.
"A poison is a poison
is a poison," he says, adding that organic pesticides and fungicides
can be just as poisonous as their synthetic counterparts (Fedor
lists his own occasional remedies, using among other things, garlic
and chilli peppers).
This book is an ideal
starting point for those who have the planet at heart when they
pull their gardening gloves on.
Gardener, Issue 199, 2006, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH