THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES of organic gardening are related to care of the soil and management of pests. In some ways these two subjects are intertwined, based on the following set of facts: healthy plants resist insects and disease better than unhealthy plants; one of the best ways to grow plants is to take good care of the garden soil; and to maintain the soil in excellent condition, it must be supplied with nutrients found in such organic matter as compost
Soil care is the main topic of this chapter. Since mulching is an important aspect of soil care, especially in organic gardening, that subject is also covered here. Chapter 8 (Pest Management) deals with bugs, diseases weeds and other garden plagues in detail.
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