Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening by Deborah L. Martin is an excellent resource for the novice organic gardener. It covers the basics in clear language written not to overwhelm newbies. But it also contains solid information and explanations of the principles of organic growing, and what you need to do to produce healthy, organic vegetables (and) other plants in your own garden. Deborah L. Martin earned a BS in horticulture from Purdue University. She’s a former extension agent in the USDA’s urban gardening program, a veteran Rodale garden book editor, and a writer for Organic Gardening magazine. Martin has authored two books and edited dozens of others. She lives in Allentown, PA.