An easy-to-read and extremely practical book, Essential Organics is brim-full of the most useful natural recipes, and describes how easy it is to convert a garden from being chemically dependent into one that is truly ‘living’ in every sense of the word.
The legacy of Irmela Reichardt. This is a comprehensive and unusual gardening book and an all-round treasure for the environmentally conscious gardener. The author, Irmela Reichardt, was a respected authority on and advocate of natural and organic gardening in South Africa, dispensing her knowledge on this subject through countless magazine articles, books and lectures over a period of 25 years. She was considered the pioneer and the intellectual backbone of organic gardening and organic methodology in South Africa at a time when there was little information available on the topic.
This book is the compilation of her lifetime of knowledge on the subject and makes for compelling reading. It emphasises how vitally important it is to be a conservator of all living things in one’s private garden, and encourages a mind-shift towards a deeper understanding of our fragile environment and how each of us can play a part in preserving it.
The editor, Margie Frayne, was first introduced to organic theories when she met Irmela during the early 1990s, and has subsequently run an organic farm for the past 15 years. She and Irmela often presented lectures together on organic principles. Besides being an expert in organics, Margie is a respected herbalist who regularly lectures and writes magazine articles on organic principles and practices, herbs & herbal healing, nutrition, and environmental awareness. She has published a set of herbal booklets.