paper, 223 pp., $22.00
British gardener Charles Dowding has long experience in successfully growing a wide variety of vegetables organically, so his tips on gardening techniques are highly valued. After reflecting on his philosophy of organic gardening and his "no digging" methods, he gives advice on how to have healthy harvests, detailing such information as what seeds to save and how, when to sow crops indoors under glass and outdoors in the ground, how to construct a compost site, and how to deal with pests. In the individual profiles of favorite British vegetables, he speaks about his favorite varieties and their individual character, providing a planting schedule on the calendar and how to space crops. Although American gardeners may enjoy learning about British organic methods, they may find it frustrating that specific varieties are not readily available on this side of the Atlantic.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden