Organic Gardening Book Mark Highland

Organic Gardening Book Mark Highland

Organic gardening isn’t just a popular trend; it is a better way to garden. When you think about it, gardening is all about nature – from adding new plants to watching them grow and doing it with an organic approach, it just makes sense. In all my years as a horticulturist, I’ve found time and again that natural methods are often as effective as chemical ones and much better for both us and the environment.

*This blog post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no additional cost to you). Thanks for your support in this way.*

A few months ago, I was asked to review the new book, Practical Organic Gardening by Mark Highland, and I eagerly accepted the opportunity.

creating an herb container

Planting herbs in a container

Reading through the book, I quickly realized that this was much more than a book extolling the ideals of organic gardening – it is a comprehensive gardening book that covers a large number of different topics including water-smart gardening, fighting pests, propagating plants, planning your garden, and even how to grow a lawn – ALL done organically.

organic vegetable garden

As the title suggests, the author presents his gardening how-to’s in practical steps and easy to understand language, yet, parts of the book also serve as an excellent reference in regards to the principles and science of organic gardening.


I admit that I have limited shelf space for books, so the ones that I choose to keep must offer comprehensive information and be reasonably easy to read. This book is an excellent guide to organic gardening, and if you want to garden more naturally, I highly recommend that you add this to your bookshelf.

Organic Gardening Book Mark Highland

The publisher has offered to allow me to host a giveaway where the winner will receive a free copy of Practical Organic Gardening!!!

To enter, comment below telling me what you like to grow in your garden or natural methods you use in your garden. *For an extra entry, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

The winner will be announced on Friday, September 27th. Good Luck!

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

29 replies
  1. Darcie Naylor
    Darcie Naylor says:

    I love growing tomatoes in my garden. Store bought tomatoes simply don’t compare so I like to grow my own for much of the year. I also love to grow cucumbers, zucchini and carrots. Our vegetable garden is a raised bed so we don’t have to contend too much with weeds, thankfully.

  2. Mariko Kawauchi
    Mariko Kawauchi says:

    I love having grown fruit-bearing and edible trees like citruses, avocados, berries, moringa, etc. I also have an herb and vegetable garden. There is nothing more rewarding than picking oranges in the backyard and juicing them to be served to my loved ones first thing in the morning! I have no problem picking healthy recipes at a whim bc I know that most of the fresh herbs I need are just a few steps away. All I need are my scissors and a basket, and it takes me to my garden paradise w all the beauty and heavenly aromas that come w an organic garden!

  3. Ampi Gloriani
    Ampi Gloriani says:

    A lot of cooking ingredients ask only for small amounts of herbs, such as oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and chives. I enjoy planting these herbs altogether in big pots as I can just snip them when needed and they’re just a few feet away from my kitchen. I have a separate big pot for just basil as it seems like my family just can’t have enough basil! Periodically, I add “mulch” using my finely chopped kitchen scraps, in the pot. I also add coffee grounds when available. This works for me and my herbs are happy.

  4. Pam Chapman
    Pam Chapman says:

    I love to grow tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Also like to companion plant as much as I can. Also grow some herbs and flowers. Thanks for this opportunity to get a helpful book.

  5. Amanda de la Iglesia
    Amanda de la Iglesia says:

    I’m a beginner gardener and mostly still just trying to keep my plants alive! Right now I have some tomatoes, basil, and a pineapple plant. There are a lot of things I’d like to try!

  6. Michelle Pinnola
    Michelle Pinnola says:

    I love to grow food! My favorite edible to grow is carrots. The satisfaction of eating a fresh organic carrot is like nothing else!

  7. Regina marette
    Regina marette says:

    I love growing herbs, wild flowers, euphorbias, citrus trees, figs. Pomegranates,cacti, aloes…the list goes on. Once a week I bury vegetarian food scraps in my garden in different places!

  8. Amber M
    Amber M says:

    I like growing organic carrots because I don’t worry when I’m eating it without peeling the skin (I do not have time for that!). The taste of a homegrown carrot that has a hint of dirt taste is my favorite! <3

  9. June e Veloce
    June e Veloce says:

    As many veggies and flowers as I can – Tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, several squash…
    and then zinnias and herbs….
    I try to hand pick bugs and use products from Gardens’ Alive when I need to.
    Plus I compost lots of eggshells and veggie scraps near my vegetable garden.

  10. marilyn majalca
    marilyn majalca says:

    I grow tomatoes, arugula, bell peppers, kale and some perennial flowers. Our pomegranate bush is producing big time this year. And this year I have seeds coming for an expanded winter garden. We have an inexpensive compost bin that helps manage our veggie waste and makes a wheelbarrow of sweet-smelling compost once a year. I could probably have more if I cared for the compost with regularity. Retirement may make that easier. Our raised beds are aging and I think I will turn some grass into gardens in sunnier areas of our yard. It’s always a work in progress!

  11. Heat
    Heat says:

    Newish, so I love whatever I can keep growing! We had zucchini, basil, a couple types of hot peppers, chard. Tomato plants are still alive so hopeful for fall yield. Just picked two watermelon yesterday. So far, not bad!

  12. Donna Slaughter
    Donna Slaughter says:

    I love to grow all kinds of veggies including cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers as well as squash and garlic and lots of herbs. My husband makes his own fish emulsion which we use as our primary means of fertilizer. We are organic and buy organic seeds and starts.

  13. Bailey Mcguire
    Bailey Mcguire says:

    I love, love, fresh tomatoes. Not much luck with them though. I used to grow all kinds of vegs in my Midwest and Eastern gardens. Here, I still haven’t developed the knack. When I do grow food here, it has to be organic.

  14. Ashh
    Ashh says:

    Hi , i was never a gardner or liked gardening when i was a kid or as a teenager . But as i matured in to a young working mom , i started feeling attracted to gardening and loved the feeling of connecting to earth and the immense amount of relaxation and peace it gave me . Coming from a tropical country where there is green everywhere , i have been wanting to turn my backyard in to a similar green haven using Natiral & Organic methods. In this dry Phoenix weather i seem to be making lots of mistakes And gradening has been challenging . I would love to have guidance on how to successfully garden with minimum expenditure.

  15. Mireya Osuna
    Mireya Osuna says:

    I grow herbs in barrels, use all natural, no pesticides or any additives other than natural. I like to learn and improve my methods. I love my Basil the most, chives, oregano, it’s so much fun to go outside and reach for the herbs, cut, rinse and used in my cooking. Please enter me on the contest, thanks

  16. Jeri Higgins
    Jeri Higgins says:

    My garden overall has been in a natural state since building with tons of native plants. But I did put in a fenced vegetable garden where I tend to grow lettuces, kales, carrots, onions, broccoli, beets and turnips throughout the year.

  17. Colleen Blaine
    Colleen Blaine says:

    Swiss Chard!! I’m in Arizona & plenty of people haven’t even heard of it,, but when I was a very young child, I “worked” with my mom & dad in a Victory Garden during WWII. There is a deep connection between me and Swiss chard. We only had Fordhook then. Not all the fancy colors we have today, so I always try to grow Fordhook.

  18. Richard Loftus
    Richard Loftus says:

    As a beekeeper, I avoid all poisons in my garden. My gardening is focused around edible plants with emphasis on perennials- blackberries, kiwi, citrus, as well as edible flowers like vining nasturtiums and dahlias. My vegetable beds include heat-tolerant heirlooms like Punta Banda tomatoes and tepary beans, as well as amaranth.

  19. Judy Reid
    Judy Reid says:

    I have a tower garden and grow a variety of lettuce, tomatoes and kale plus herbs. I do not use chemicals on any of them and they are delicious!

  20. Betty Spar
    Betty Spar says:

    I’m enjoying your blog. As an easterner I am struggling growing in the desert. Many plant losses. Seems like neglect is rule of thumb. Over hydrating a big problem. My gardens organic and I use tank’s products. No composting though. Too many rats. Keep me posted betty spar. Tucson

  21. Edgar M
    Edgar M says:

    First of all, thank you for all the information that you share on this site. I stumbled upon your website a couple of years ago after having trouble keeping some plants alive in Las Vegas, and I’m glad I found it. I think my perception has drastically changed in a positive way regarding what it takes to help plants thrive in the Vegas valley. I currently enjoy growing pomegranates and it looks like we’ll be having a big harvest this year.

  22. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I love growing herbs most of all. I have an “herb garden” proper, surrounded by stones, but many, many containers of herbs! Fortunately, they are pretty much pest free, and herbs don’t even like to be fertilized, so it’s easy to be organic with them. I suffer from earwigs in other areas of the garden though. I try organic methods, like empty cat food cans willed with half vegetable oil and half soy sauce. Boy, the earwigs love it, and I get hundreds per night sometimes! Lemon grass oil spray (purchased, not made by me!) is organic and kills them too, but I don’t want to harm the good guys. Right now the earwigs are under control, and I have a lovely big praying mantis that’s been in the same plant for days. I wouldn’t dream of harming him with anything!

  23. Donna M Davis
    Donna M Davis says:

    I grow mostly cactus and succulents in containers.
    It is always interesting to see what the AZ Plant Lady
    posts. I try to incorporate her ideas into my landscape, especially
    anything native that has color.

  24. Brit
    Brit says:

    I love growing greens- arugula is my fave. I also really love the Brassicas- broccoli, romanesco, cauliflower, kohlrabi. Another set of favorites are basil and other mints because they’re so tasty and easy to grow.

  25. Amy
    Amy says:

    Still learning, so I don’t have much to say other than I’d love to learn more about edible gardens! Just trying to figure out how and where to place the garden!

Comments are closed.