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The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering.
Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate to this new circumstance. Crowded raised beds require high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter, and demand large amounts of human time and effort. But, except for labor, these inputs depend on the price of oil. Prior to the 1970s, North American home food growing used more land with less labor, with wider plant spacing, with less or no irrigation, and all done with sharp hand tools. But these sustainable systems have been largely forgotten. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover traditional low-input gardening methods to produce healthy food.
Designed for readers with no experience and applicable to most areas in the English-speaking world except the tropics and hot deserts, this book shows that any family with access to 3-5,000 sq. ft. of garden land can halve their food costs using a growing system requiring just the odd bucketful of household waste water, perhaps two hundred dollars worth of hand tools, and about the same amount spent on supplies-working an average of two hours a day during the growing season.
Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series(2005-11-16)
Great book with practical advice. You can buy this book, read the specific growing instructions, and grow awesome vegetables with minimal input. It is what it claims to be.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow - best book I've found on gardening. Especially critical for us in PNW! The tips in most other garden books do not apply to our area - in fact can be VERY counterproductive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Rast
What a spectacular book! This book is a great educational read whether you garden or not. It is such a pleasure to encounter someone who pays attention to the details of life.Published 3 months ago by Lon Ohlfest
Absolutely the most realistic gardening book ever written! Solomon does not write about backyard edenistic gardening that seemingly requires no more effort than ordering from the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Diesel Guy