Two new books from publishers New Holland should satisfy the organic gardener in all of us. The first, simply titled Organic (RRP$45.00), is written by Don Burke, an Aussie who is a household name in gardening across the ditch. Organic covers all you need to know to start and cultivate your own vegetable garden including composting, pests and diseases, growing conditions, chickens, harvesting and great recipes for your produce. From terrace pots to acreage, Organic will show you how to maximise your yield. As anyone who runs a compost heap will attest to, the attainment of the perfect rich and crumbly compost can border on obsession. So the publication of The Garden Organic Book of Compost (Rrp$39.99)will be music to compost affcionados’ ears. Written by Pauline Spears, the author of six books on organic gardening, Compost covers all types of composting methods, including worm composting and woody heaps, and gives gardeners all they need to know about making, storing and using compost. Element has three copies of Organic and three copies of The Garden Organic Book of
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