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The New Organic Grower

The New Organic Grower
by Eliot Coleman

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A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic on organic gardening. In this revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as:

  • Farm-Generated Fertility – how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available.
  • The Moveable Feast – how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up.
  • The Winter Garden – how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses.
  • Pests? – how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants.
  • The Information Resource – how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live.

Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

Softcover, 340 pages.


"Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy."

 Robert Rodale, Rodale Press

"I know of no other person who can produce better results on the land with an economy of effort and means than Eliot. He has transformed gardening from a task, to a craft, and finally to what Stewart Brand would call 'local science'."

 Paul Hawken, best-selling author and entrepreneur, from the Foreword

Table of Contents

  Foreword ix
  Preface xi
  Preface to the First Edition xii
1 Agricultural Craftsmanship 1
2 Land 7
3 Scale and Capital 19
4 Part-Time Help 24
5 Marketing Strategy 29
6 Planning and Observation 33
7 Crop Rotation 50
8 Green Manures 68
9 Tillage 82
10 Soil Fertility 94
11 Farm-Generated Fertility 111
12 Direct Seeding 119
13 Transplanting 127
14 Soil Blocks 133
15 Setting Out Transplants 154
16 Weeds 158
17 Pest? 172
18 Pests: Temporary Palliatives 185
19 Harvest 190
20 Marketing 196
21 Season Extension 204
22 The Movable Feast 225
23 The Winter Garden 240
24 Livestock 268
25 The Information Resource 278
26 A Final Question 289
27 L'Envoi 293
28 From Artichokes to Zucchini 293
Appendix 1 USDA North American Hardiness Zone Map 313
Appendix 2 A Schematic Outline of Biological Agriculture 314
Appendix 3 Metric Conversions 316
Appendix 4 Recommended Tools & Suppliers 318
  Annotated Bibliography 326
  Index 335