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Jay North
Mr. North has been featured in People Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, and thousands of other publications. Moreover Jay has appeared on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, World News, Sunday Magazine, and hundreds of other TV and radio talk shows voicing informed opinions on edible flowers and organic farming.
Organic Corner

Urban Growers Are Popping Up Everywhere
The Windowsill Organic Gardener
Organic Growing for the Urban Gardener
by Jay North

There are millions of people all over the world who love to cook with fresh organic vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and eat fresh raw sprouts. Many of them would choose to grow their own ingredients, enabling them to eat right out of the garden. Their constraints include the lack of available land, possible inclement weather and weeds!

Now they can and it doesn't take land!

It doesn't take land to grow food! One need only posses a love of growing fresh, healthy things to eat or pretty things to look at--and a windowsill makes it easy. I'm going show you methods for simply and organically growing all of your favorite vegetables, herbs and flowers right in your own kitchen or lanai. Now you can eat and grow all the healthy organic veggies you love.
This book provides you with all the answers you need in order to grow organic vegetables in the windowsills of your own home. Your gardening efforts can be pursued year-round - simply, effortless and nearly pest free.

Bless this kitchen garden.
May the foods I grow strengthen my body and free my soul.

Windowsill Organic Gardening

I'm going to give you all the information in this easy-to-read - - easy-to-use book. You are welcome to contact me any time with any questions you have. or

People from communities worldwide have repeatedly told me that they would love to have a garden, but a lack of access to a yard, or to land, is their limiting factor

Not to worry. You don't need to have dirt in your back yard to grow your own
veggies. I am going to walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to grow your own goodies in your own house, condo, apartment or flat.

Synopsis of The Windowsill Organic Gardener

The Windowsill Organic Gardener covers in detail growing all kinds of plants in an apartment or a condominium without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The plants discussed range from African Violets to cacti, including vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and ornamentals. All chapters are tailored to be used by the urban apartment or condo dweller using organic cultivation. With this book in hand, the urban dweller can grow nearly any kind of plant he or she wants on the apartment/flat/condo windowsill, the patio or balcony and even on the roof.

The book begins by describing what exactly "organic gardening" is, and why it is the preferred method of gardening. It is both safer for people and better for the planet. It details how one can garden without the use of chemicals, and why small spaces actually facilitate gardening.

Chapter 2 details what tools the urban organic gardener will need to succeed. Remarkably, a mere $25 initial investment will send you on the road to organic gardening.

Chapters 3 through 6 cover four basic categories of plants - with specific attention given to those that can be grown in apartments. Each category of plant is well detailed - stating the benefits, the characteristic and the problems - so the gardener understands his/her choices.

Chapter 7 details how to pick plants and seeds in order to grow just about anything. This includes how to be sure that the plants will germinate and/or root well in order to become healthy productive plants. The reader learns from Jay some of the specifics of growing from each type of propagation, including rhizomes and spores, as well as tips that will help him/her to avoid problems.

Chapter 8 is the actual "how-to" section of the book. The reader finds step by step directions for each phase of windowsill organic gardening in an urban setting. It begins with the planning process, and shows the reader how to adapt the basic process to his or her individual needs and style. It stresses flexibility. It continues with helping the reader to decide what best suits his/her needs and lifestyle in order to begin growing.

True to the environmental and health theme, the reader is shown how to make use of "garbage".
Directions are given for the building, mounting and populating of a simple window box.

Plant needs for light, heat, water, support, protection and nutrition are broadly discussed (including directions for doing each type of propagation and caring for the resulting plant, right up to creating support for the plant - like a trellis or stakes) and the reader is shown resources for further, more specific investigation. The chapter ends with a broad description of what the plants will need in order to thrive.

Chapter 9 specifically discusses how to meet the nutritional needs of your plants, and details the process of raising worms under the sink. They serve to create excellent compost. The reader learns how to create the small compost bin, how to introduce the worms and finally how to harvest and use the resulting rich humus they produce. All the "do's and don'ts" the reader needs are covered. There are even directions on what to watch for and how to handle problems with the compost bin. Worm health is covered and suggestions are made as to what to do with the extra worms.

Chapter 10 rounds out the subject of plant nutrition with details about what to use to feed the plants, organically, when and how often to apply specific things the plant will need. It teaches the reader how to figure out what the plant needs. In addition, this chapter discusses the other fundamental needs of plants: light, water and agreeable temperature. The reader learns how to assess and address these needs.

Chapter 11 is the how - when and why of harvesting. The reader learns when to take the edible or otherwise useful parts of the plants and how to maintain their vitality as well maintaining them as good producers. The reader learns which vegetables can be harvested young and which cannot.

Chapter 12 covers everything about an atrium, its characteristics, benefits and challenges. The reader learns the difference between an atrium and a greenhouse. The special characteristics are related to the needs of certain plants, including tropicals, bromeliads, ornamental flowers and some vegetables which need more than what the ordinary environment provides for optimum growth and production.

Chapter 13 discusses using plants to decorate your apartment. The reader learns how to adapt each space and solve the various environmental problems that make apartment living sometimes less than optimal. The reader learns how to integrate plants into the environment to solve specific decorating issues. Plants can change the whole look and feel of the living space - and this chapter offers solutions and advice.

Chapter 14 covers the various "outdoor" spaces available in an urban apartment setting, the benefits and challenges of each and how they can be adapted to the reader's needs.

In chapter 15, the reader learns about self-sufficiency gardening, and how it is relates to apartment living. Ideas are discussed for becoming self-sufficient using the indoor garden as a base. It is suggested to the reader that this can be taken as far as necessary to fill the individual's needs and stay within the scope of what (s)he is willing to do to accomplish his/her personal requirements.

Chapter 16 finishes up with a whole list of helpful hints, and this is followed in chapter 17 by a comprehensive resource list.

The Appendix includes 10 unique recipes for using the organic produce grown by the reader. It includes several helpful charts for recognizing dangerous plants, general plant care, herb use and cultivation and recipes for organic pest control.

The reader comes away from this book with all the information and skills needed to have a successful indoor "organic" garden.

May many benefit from Jays years of experience and enjoy their own Windowsill Organic Garden

The Windowsill Organic Gardener today and start enjoying the fruit of your labor!


The Windowsill Organic Gardener

Your body and your taste buds will love the chemical-free treats you can grow in your own windowsill. Getting started is easy and inexpensive. Jay takes you step-by-step in this new book.

Download "The Windowsill Organic Gardener" today!

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