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Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for Organic Gardeners and Small Farmers Paperback – 31 Jul 1995
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About the Author
For the past fifteen years, author Ron Engeland has farmed organically with his wife, Watershine, and two children in north central Washington state. In addition to garlic they raise over 100 varieties of apples, plus peaches, apricots, plums, raspberries, potatoes, and cut and dried flowers. Ron also manages an irrigation company and writes numerous articles. He is a former state secretary of the Washington Tilth Producers' Cooperative, and served three years on the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.
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organic gardeners and smale scale growers. An Engelands humour is also a kind to note. Also Ted Jordan Meredith looked upward
to Engeland when he wrote his "The Complete Book of Garlic." Engeland teachings are very suitable for organic growers in Finland too.
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The thing I also found very helpful was information on modifying soil to be proper for garlic down to fertilizer types, and even amounts per acre. This makes it easy for me to calculate exactly what I need to amend my garden.
One thing that made me hesitate purchasing this book were some of the negative reviews about the authors "know it all tone and hippy attitude." After reading it, I just realize that this man has a very advanced knowledge of permaculture and how the earth, crops, and animals work together as a system. His tone (in my opinion) also has a very "matter of act" manner about it, which maybe some attribute to being a know it all. As someone who's spent a lot of time in classrooms reading very dry textbooks, he just sounds like a teacher.
Like any book, every author has their own views and ways to do things. That's what they've written about. This book is solid and has everything you need to know really on how to start growing garlic. I disagreed with a few things like bed preparation and spacing, but like anything in life you should take what someone says and see how to make it right for you. Sometimes that means changing a few things...That by no means makes the text useless. I have since come to reference this book quite heavily, and have highlighted sections on watering schedules and requirements, soil and compost amendment amounts, fertilizer preparation before planting, and a whole bunch more. This poor book is holding up well though.