THE ORGANIC GARDENER’S HANDBOOK by Frank Tozer

by JF

This book is every bit as good and important as Tozer’s The Vegetable Growers Handbook, and it should in fact be considered an essential companion piece. It too has more than its share of quaint punctuation mistakes (don’t you just love these hard-working independent publishers?), and it too has more than its share of valuable insight and wisdom for how to successfully grow your own food.

This Tozer work is more generalized: Whereas The Vegetable Growers Handbook was about the different plants to choose from and many of their idiosyncratic propagation requirements, The Organic Gardeners Handbook focuses more on improving soil chemistry, effective composting and other fertilizers, various garden implements and their usage, planning and maximizing available space, bed preparation, seed longevity and preservation–you name it, this book’s got it, all about more self-sufficient , chemical-free approach to gardening. Whereas

The Vegetable Growers Handbook addresses some of these more generalized areas of setting up and maintaining a garden, this book delves into such faire more deeply. So much so, in fact, that often Tozer, in all his vast years of experience on both sides of the North American continent, sometimes provides mostly unknown–and quite interesting–information, but info that is so esoteric that it just elicits more questions in the reader’s mind, secondary and tertiary questions that Tozer forgets to address because he probably was unaware at the time he was writing that his rarified info had this nettlesome side-effect of opening up this other can of unanswered worms. But this too only adds to the charm of this book and Tozer’s work in general. It’s like reading an exhausive journal penned by a very wise, very experienced, very friendly–but occasionally absent-minded–old farmer.

So yeah, basically, if you get the other book, you gotta get this one too. Trust me, you won’t be sorry you did.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
5/2009

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