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How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) Kindle Edition
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Long story short: I never planned to become a gardening and food author. But I couldn't find the book I wanted, so I sat down and wrote what I thought people should know. That book did really well. Since then, readers have encouraged me to continue writing. I hope my books and articles can help you grow a little more of your own food.
Full story: When I lived in an apartment, it took me a long time to find any useful gardening information for small space gardeners with balconies, rooftops, decks, small backyards, and the like. At that time, nobody had written a good book on small space food growing. Every gardening book I ever read told me I needed many acres and full blast sunlight all day (neither of which I had).
Even so, I worked hard to create a garden on that first balcony. Some things I tried worked well while other ones failed miserably. I found out which vegetables grew best in partial shade and how to get the most production from this small balcony garden. I wanted to save other people some time and show them what was possible, so I ended up writing the Fresh Food From Small Spaces book in 2008. With the economic crisis and growth of interest in local food, that book became a bestseller.
Soon after, I was asked to serve as a columnist for a new magazine called Urban Farm, which is published by the great folks who produce Hobby Farms. I have written many columns and crop profile articles for Urban Farm, which is available online and at finer news stands.
Today, my first garden has expanded to a small yard that includes vegetables and fruit trees wherever I can fit them. We also have a chicken coop and a chicken run, which gives the chickens free range access to part of the yard but keeps them away from the veggies and blueberries. We feed the chickens with kitchen scraps and they peck up the bugs and weed seeds in the garden (OK, we give them a little organic chicken feed also). In return, we are rewarded with almost two dozen fresh eggs each week.
It's really easy to keep backyard chickens and I urge everyone to consider it. If you'd like to learn more, please check out my e-book called Backyard Chickens for Beginners. You can read it on a Kindle, iPad, iPhone, PC, or Mac with the Kindle app or on Amazon's online Cloud Reader.
Recently, I've written several other "e-booklet" titles that you can find by clicking on my name at the top. I'm particularly proud of the Blueberries in Your Backyard book, which shows people how simple it can be to grow this very tasty, healthy, yet expensive fruit. Also, I plan to stay active with the new blog here, so please bookmark this page and come visit me often. Contact me at freshfoodbook @ gmail.com (remove the spaces in that address if you e-mail me; I included them here so I don't get automatic spam).
In other news, I live in Northern California with my family, where I teach at a college and have a law license I rarely use. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy my books and articles. Drop me a line if you have some comments and I'll see you in the garden!
Top Customer Reviews
I used the container method from this book and I got taters!!!!! This feeling is soo much better than that day I got married. My ego not the least bruised when the book explained taters will grow without dirt (wanh wanh). It seems to have taken a little more than a month but, voila, I think the plant is going to grow over the side of my plastic container with holes in it.
I'm so excited about having my own potatoes in my freezer (sweet po's) the russets have not made a showing (that I can tell) but I am as sure as any farmer they will (new buds that may be my russets; only wish I'd thrown in some 'new' even though they're my least favorite.
I rushed to my book when I saw bugs; dashed to my book for fertilizer advice. I could go on. There's no way I could be less than a novice (this was my first year to see a head of lettuce that wasn't in the store) but this book has lead me to success.
After reading this book, I am truly excited for it to get cooler so that I can put my "tater" plan in motion. I'm not sure if it will work, but from what this book says, it just might: I bought one of those cheap-o plastic clothes hampers with all the big holes up and down the sides. I plan to punch some more holes in the bottom, then line it with either black mesh or that black weed cover fabric stuff that lets light and air in and water out. This will give a good bit of black to the outside, but I live in Florida, so I'm not sure the black, heat absorption thing matters too much; it doesn't get that cold here for long. Anyway, then I'm going to "hill" my taters up until they get to the top. If it goes badly, I will just fork out the money for a potato bag the author recommends, but I thought I'd be adventurous (and cheap) first.
He also goes in about all his books you are supposed to buy after he misses the point with this book.
SFG Foundation (square foot garden) recommends 4 potato seeds in a square bucket about 4 in from base of bucket and slowly filling with compost not sure if its in the book, but found on YouTube sfg potato
All New Square Foot Gardening
So I purchased this ebook version of growing potatoes because ... well, who doesn't love them? Found out a lot of helpful things about raising potatoes, but what made my success a reality was finding out which variety grows well in Florida and how ridiculously easy it was to grow these little red gems! Also what types of soil preparations and how to organically control various garden pests and a whole lot more. Thankfully there are such books like this around to help people like me who want to optimize and understand how to grow certain veggies. This author was very good and engaging when talking potatoes. Everything you ever wanted to know about potatoes. Now if I can find an author who writes the same way about raising other vegetables!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did plant potatoes and it worked as they said it would. Very successful projectPublished 6 months ago by M. Jackson
The size of the font used for the letters is TINY! I have ordered 100s of books from Amazon, and this is the first time I can remember having such a bad first impression, just... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Grace127
If you like eating potatoes and have a little room, you can grow your own very easily. This book tells you how in simple language and with great enthusiasm.Published 7 months ago by Capt Bob
Covers only the basics. Provides NO information on growing from actual seed which would allow you to create your own varieties and avoid potato diseases. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rowdy Roddy
This "book" is the size of a pamphlet, and the writing is tiny. Although there is some good information, this book was a disappointment.Published 15 months ago by mityquin
The size of the font is extremely SMALL and I needed. magnifying glass to read it. Will not buy anything else from this author unless it is corrected.Published 17 months ago by Maww
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