This illustrated compendium shows readers how to create an organic garden, whether they want a family orientated space, a small town garden or a large kitchen garden. There is practical information on all the imperative aspects of organic gardening from soil preparation to weed control and feeding. What to do with pests and diseases is also a major worry, but is covered in full suggestiond for harmonious remedies such as the introduction of a natural predator. Not only about kitchen gardening, this book covers ornamental and wildlife gardening, from creating spectacular lawns and borders to attracting beneficial insects to the wildlife garden. An easy-to-use directory of vegetables, herbs and fruit provides clear facts on growing a wide range of healthy produce for both the first-time and experienced gardener.
Christine Lavelle is a lecturer in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford. She trained at The National Trust for Scotland, Threave School of Practical Gardening and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. At Kew she developed her interest organic principles, and has worked in many different areas of horticulture including Levens Hall Gardens, Cumbria and two head gardenerships at Askham Bryan College, York and Otley College, Suffolk. She is currently researching insect visitation on garden ornamentals at the Writtle College. Michael Lavelle began his career as an estate gardener and went on to study horticulture at Askham Bryan College, and then environmental management at Wye College, Kent. He worked as a landscaper before starting a career as a horticultural lecturer. Michael has designed and constructed several exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show obtaining the prestigious Gold Medal 1999. He now works as a senior lecturer in landscape management at Writtle College. Peter Anderson is an experienced photographer, and has worked for various publications such as Gardens Illustrated and Architectural Digest.