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The Mediterranean Kitchen Garden: Growing Organic Fruit and Vegetables in a Hot, Dry Climate

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As an avid grower of fruits and vegetables, I was excited to find this book about food growing in Europe—in mediterranean climates similar to that in my California garden. Some plants are different, techniques are certainly similar, but some are not quite so, and the use of the lunar calendar and companion planting provides intriguing tips for a different way of gardening. Mariano Bueno is well-known in Spain for his expertise on "organic agriculture, geobiology, and ecological building." As a writer, he is thorough and precise while enthusiastic and encouraging to novice gardeners. Fortunately, the book has been translated into English by Evelyn FitzHerbert, who also lives in Spain.

The book is broken into logical sections, starting with Making a Kitchen Garden. Bueno begins with design and layout and moves through climate, soils, propagation, mulching, crop rotation, and associations, and includes a page on cosmic influences and the lunar calendar. He is a strong proponent of planting according to phases of the moon. He recommends mulching to retain soil moisture, enhance aeration, and keep irrigation lines moist to prevent lime buildup-all useful tips.

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