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The Healthy Vegetable Garden: A natural, chemical-free approach to soil, biodiversity and managing pests and diseases by [Sally Morgan]

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"A must read for anyone who wants to know how to grow their own zero–food miles, pesticide-free veg, while treading gently upon our planet."―Dave Goulson, author of The Garden Jungle and Gardening for Bumblebees

"COVID has led to a renewed appreciation of nature for many people, and an interest in joining CSAs or growing their own produce. So this book could not be better timed, and given Sally’s lifetime experience of organic gardening, it’s bound to inspire all those who want to ‘grow back better’."―Helen Browning, chief executive, Soil Association

"If you want to grow your own food while helping nature to thrive, this fascinating book is for you. I learnt a lot."―Alex Mitchell, author of Crops in Tight Spots

"An invaluable addition to the gardening literature, Sally Morgan’s new book does a superb job of presenting a holistic, ecological approach to soil health as well as pest and disease management. Whereas many books may simply say, ‘Use X product to fight X issue’, Morgan describes in thorough detail what the gardener can do – from building habitats to improving soil conditions – to ensure that issue never has a chance to take hold. You will turn to this book time and again as a smart, non-dogmatic guide to producing consistently healthy crops and, in effect, a healthier environment."―Jesse Frost, author of The Living Soil Handbook

"There are so many reasons to grow a healthy food garden, and expert gardener Sally Morgan shows you how. In this comprehensive guide, you will dig deep into the world of soil, natural pest control and companion plants, along with a range of options for your natural landscape. This clearly written book sets up a strong foundation for new gardeners while also offering advice for those with more experience, who seek tools for building and maintaining a healthy food garden from start to finish."―Ellen Ecker Ogden, author of The New Heirloom Garden

"In The Healthy Vegetable Garden, Sally Morgan shares a wealth of information about growing healthy soil as the foundation for exceptional gardens which produce nutritional food with minimal pests. Her simple informative style empowers the reader to put these concepts into grounded action. She has created a fantastic resource for the success of the next generation gardeners."―Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

"One thing I found refreshing about Sally Morgan’s book is that she doesn’t trade in the myth of the ‘perfectly balanced organic soil’ which, of course, is not to be found in this imperfect, constantly evolving world. She doesn’t aspire to a weed-free or pest-free garden, but rather one where problems are kept manageable without resorting to extreme or disruptive remedies. She cites a slew of strategies one might use to correct course: biocontrols, barriers repellents, and so on. However, she keeps returning to the basic premise that by fostering a diverse and resilient habitat, the soil and garden ecosystem can do a great deal to regenerate and maintain itself, making external fixes unnecessary."―Will Bonsall, author of Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening

"There are few gardeners (or farmers) I know who wouldn’t benefit from reading Sally Morgan’s new book, The Healthy Vegetable Garden. For the novice grower, the book is a great introduction to the principles and methods of ecological gardening. And for the veteran grower, there is sure to be plenty of new information, including incredibly detailed sections on pest and disease control. . . .[This is] a detailed and indispensable resource."―Hobby Farms


--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Sally Morgan is the editor of Soil Association’s Organic Farming magazine, writes regularly for gardening and smallholding magazines and is a member of the Garden Media Guild. Sally’s blog was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild Award 2019, and she also runs smallholder courses on her organic farm in Somerset.

Her previous books include The Climate Change Garden with Kim Stoddart (Green Rocket Books, 2019) and Living on One Acre or Less (Green Books, 2016).

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09D9N1DQM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chelsea Green Publishing (September 2, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 2, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 43444 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 303 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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Sally Morgan is a leading author of children's information books. She has written more than 250 titles, covering wildlife, natural history, science, geography, and environmental topics. She writes for all ages from first readers through to 16+ readership as well as books on climate change and gardening.

Her latest books are The Healthy Vegetable Garden and The Climate Change Garden

Sally read Natural Sciences at Cambridge which was followed by several years of research into the restoration of derelict land. She then taught biology for a few years before turning to writing. With her love of the natural world and her concerns about the loss of habitats worldwide, it was not surprising that she chose to write about wildlife and environmental issues.

She is lucky enough to own a small organic farm in Somerset. When she is not writing she can be found on the farm looking after her rare breed poultry, sheep and pigs or weeding the kitchen garden! Conservation is important to her and the farm is managed to improve biodiversity. Keen to connect people with their food, Sally has set up a small education centre on the farm, where people can learn about smallholding, butchery and other rural skills.

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Steve P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Buy Book, if you Care About Your Gardens Future
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2022
Finian Heavey
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Useful Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2021
Rachelle Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable with lots of information
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2021
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