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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

Com­post to give away to readers. To en­ter, visit el­e­ment­magazine.co.nz, sign up for the weekly news­let­ter and en­ter the draw.

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