An essential resource for all Australian and New Zealand gardeners who care about their family’s health and the environment
Organic gardening leaves your patch of earth in a better condition than when you found it by working with nature rather than against it. A practicable and better alternative to chemical-dependent and environmentally unsustainable cultivation practices, organic gardening prevents soil damage, and results in more nutritious food, and fewer contaminated waterways and poison-resistant pests.
Written by a certified-organic farmer and gardener, Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting is an indispensable reference to organic cultivation methods. It also contains an easy-to-follow moon-planting guide to help gardeners to work with the cycles of nature, listing the best planting, harvesting, and pruning days from 2017 to 2022.
Full of common sense and wisdom, and written in a friendly, conversational voice, this book includes comprehensive information and advice about:
- how to protect your garden from climate change and save water
- how to revitalise garden soil and keep it healthy
- how to use composting and worm-farming techniques to transform garden and kitchen waste into top-quality, organic fertiliser
- how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in garden beds or pots
- how to raise healthier, pest- and disease-resistant seedlings, shrubs, and trees — without using poisons.
This wide-ranging book also features an extensive listing of Australian native plants, and a month-by-month diary of what to plant when for all climate zones of Australia and New Zealand. For aspiring and experienced gardeners alike, Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting will make your whole garden more vigorous, and a healthier haven for your family, pets, and native fauna.
‘a fine acquisition for any gardener who wants to get back to nature.’~Christopher Bantick, The Weekly Times
A ‘practical and enlightening guide for Australian gardeners. Four stars.’~Miranda Korzy, AAP
'... you can now put away all your prettily illustrated "run of the mill" gardening books and do your self a favour by including Easy Organic Gardening among your frequently referenced books. This is organic gardening at its best.'~Lorraine Parker, Hunter Organics
Easy Organic Gardening is ‘a very enjoyable read, written by an experienced, passionate organic farmer and gardener ... This book is a useful reference tool for novices and experienced gardeners alike.’~Josh Byrne, Gardening Australia
‘If you had to reduce your organic gardening library to just one book, this would be a good choice as it covers everything. It explains how to develop and retain healthy soil, what to plant and when for all Australian climate zones, the food garden, drought proofing, propagation and pruning, solving problems naturally, and much more ... For aspiring and experienced gardeners alike this book will make your whole garden more vigorous and a healthier haven for your family, pets and native wildlife.’~Warm Earth Bookstore
‘Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting is a breath of fresh air in our brave new world ... The book is packed with information about revitalising soil, using compost and worm farming techniques to improve it, growing fruit and vegetables, saving water and controlling pests without using poisons.’~Senior Life
‘This book is a fabulous resource both for the beginner and the more experienced gardener.’~Earth Garden
‘a detailed guide to organics ranging from seed germination and nutrition to practical pest and disease control.’~Dave Fawkner, Organic Gardener
‘… a comprehensive textbook for the avid organic gardener. The text is distinguished from many other organic garden guides by its organic gardening tips for container plants and ornamental plants such as camellias and azaleas, in addition to the ubiquitous organic food plants.’~Anne Harrison, National Parks Journal
‘An immensely readable primer on organic matters written in a friendly way ... This organic lark is not tricky at all.’~Your Home and Garden
'With 502 pages of information it covers just about everything you need to know about growing food.'~Season: Tasmanian Journal of Organic Sustainable Agriculture
‘This is really the only kitchen gardening book you’ll ever need.’~Habitat Australia
'This book gathers all of [Bagnall's] knowledge and experience, providing an essential reference for all organic gardeners, and for those thinking about it.'~SA Life
'Lyn Bagnall has produced a reference work of incredible proportions … It should become a benchmark book among the many smaller and not-so-thorough ones on the subject. Her research covers all likely, and unlikely, contingencies … Moon planting is extensively covered, a method that we also used in the middle of the twentieth century (and before) and which has sadly fallen by the wayside in modern times. Aspiring and experienced gardeners of all kinds will find the wide range of this book extremely helpful.’~Pat Coleby, author of 'Natural Farming'
‘This terrific book shows you how and why [organic gardening] should be done... [The book] could answer all my queries — in a straightforward, practical sort of way ... With this book as my guide, I feel confident that I will quite soon have a ‘happier’, more productive and beautiful garden (with lots more birds).’~Sally Madsen, Readings bookletter
'I'm finding Easy Organic Gardening to be a godsend. Bagnall's advice on revitalising soil; composting and worm-farming techniques, and growing fruit and vegies in plots or pots is very useful. And the moon planting routine, detailing the best planting, harvesting and pruning days until 2013, sheds light on a fascinating element of nature.'~Gina Cranson, Newcastle Herald