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Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Self-Sufficiency from Asparagus to Zucchini (Mini Farming Guides) Paperback – June 1, 2012
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I'm interested in almost everything. I play lots of instruments and compose music, design custom embedded microcontrollers, have a ham radio license etc. etc. etc. But along with being a "thing" person I am a people person in that I care a lot about people and their wellbeing in the world around us.
That is what led me to write books. I have published other material under various pseudonyms; but the central idea is that these books, in some way, are intended to either help people help themselves or make sense of a world that can seem very chaotic.
I live on a mini-farm in New Hampshire where I grow a ton of food for purposes of self sufficiency plus raise some livestock. I shovel chicken manure about once a month, and believe (or hope) it is good for my character.
I do a lot of experimentation and research, and when I hit on something that will help people, I write about it.
I'm an intrinsically helpful guy; so feel free to send me inquiries about gardening via my website at www.markhamfarm.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Having said that, this is an excellent book with many great tips for growing veggies. Unlike the first 2 Mini Farming books, it's also the size of a typical book. While the pictures are beautiful, they're not particularly enlightening, with a few exceptions.
There are chapters covering: soil and fertility, asparagus, beans, beets and chard, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, carrots and parsnips, corn, cucumbers, greens, herbs, melons, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, turnips, rutabagas and radishes and permaculture with perennial vegetables.
There are many good suggestions in here, such as using raised beds for growing your vegetables, although he misses one reason for them - they lend themselves to easier harvesting. The importance of composting is emphasized. There are many instances when the author's cynicism shows through..."asparagus in stores is sold by the pound, so it is sometimes sold when old and the stems are woody (so it weighs more)." He also believes in the importance of keeping asparagus plants away from anything arsenic such as pressure treated wood, since they suck up arsenic..."it is entirely possible for someone who disregards this advice to munch an asparagus stalk and then quite often flop over dead.Read more ›
Recap: Buy "Maximizing Your Mini Farm." It has all the information in this book and a whole lot more too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is so nice. Now I know how to use those edible weeds from the garden.Published 16 days ago by Sara Babb
easy to read and follow instructional format. I will use the projects and helpful tips in my gardening and have a more succesdful yearPublished 22 months ago by MP545