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Organic Container Gardening



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Contact: Jeffrey Goettemoeller, 402-617-9118



“There are a number of books on bookstore shelves these days that offer to help us become container gardeners. Barker's book, however, is unique, for she combines

the information you need to know about gardening in containers with what you need to know to protect your food supply. Most of us don't have a great deal of extra time on our hands these days, so concentrating our efforts on replacing at least some of the "dirty dozen" with our own pesticide-free fruits and vegetables makes very good sense. In fact, this whole book makes very good sense. You'll find yourself going back to it over and over again.”— Susan Wittig Albert, Story Circle Book Reviews

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A Small Garden Can Make a Big Difference!


2011 – Barbara Barker equips home gardeners to grow the twelve most important fruits and vegetables for their organic garden.


In 2011, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed USDA pesticide residue data and compiled this list of the “top twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables”: Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Peaches, Spinach, Nectarines, Grapes, Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Blueberries, Lettuce, and Kale.


Organic Container Gardening takes a close look at pesticide contamination in produce and describes how to grow the “dirty dozen” in containers with organic methods. Gardeners can make a big difference in their family’s pesticide exposure by growing a few of their favorites from the list.


A certified master gardener, Barbara Barker traces her love for gardening back to fifth grade when she started a business rejuvenating her mother’s ailing plants and selling them back to her for a small profit. Barker expanded her knowledge of plants by working in garden centers in high school and college.  After obtaining a BA in English from the University of Florida, she started an internet company selling gourmet varieties of vegetable and herb plants.


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Organic Container Gardening: Grow Pesticide-Free Fruits and Vegetables in Small Spaces

by Barbara Barker. 2011, 7.5 x 9.25, 116 pages, 42 illustrations, perfect binding.  

ISBN 978-0-9786293-6-6.  LCCN 2011935627.  $14.00, retail (U.S. dollars).

Original (first) edition published as Container Gardening for Health in 2009.


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