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Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre Paperback – April 1, 2010
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“A helpful addition, alongside Bartholomew and Jeavons, for the serious DIY gardener.” (Margaret Heller - Library Journal)
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This book contains the simplest and most understandble description of double-digging that I have ever read, and the simplest way of placing seeds at the correct spacing in intensive gardening.Read more ›
best one I have read. Markham takes complex topics and explains them in plain english. For example, I now know exactly how to modify soil Ph with specific products in specific measure. I understand how each element influences the equation and why using a variety of soil amendments is advisable. I finally understand the value of Boron in plant physiology with smart ways to apply it. I now "get it" about what bio-char is, how to make it, and why it is important to my soil. I finally understand exactly why deep roto-tilling actually hurts the soil even though it "looks good" in the garden. Thank you Brett!
Having the background he does Markham is VERY anal and exact on his numbers for what's needed and the amounts. He has done FANTASTIC job of researching articles and books and brings them together. So this book is actually a wealth of knowledge from other sources. The Bibliography in the back is a GREAT resource as well.
I had considered the soil blocks from my seedlings in the past but never thought the expense was worth it. But he brings to light the whole world of it and also a link to an article on the Internet that will then lead you to other areas on the Internet for research of this subject. My point being: You learning doesn't have to stop with JUST reading this book. He shows you a path to follow that will lead you on your own research.
Markham incorporates a lot of other known farmer/writers works into his daily workings. It's something (with all the reading I've done of those others) being work towards. But he's actually DONE it and IS doing it.Read more ›
The book itself is nicely put together. It has a glossy cover, thick pages, and helpful photography (which is plentiful, but not abundant enough to become a nuisance). The print is large enough to see easily, and the chapters are well-organized with an abundance of information in each one. The gardening portions of the book were the most helpful to me.
Granted, the book doesn't cover certain areas of self-sufficiency (other types of poultry besides chickens and ducks, rabbits, goats, soap and candle making, aquaculture, etc.) but I have read an abundance of books on self-sufficiency which claim to be all-encompassing and DO cover those areas, and I have walked away without knowing the basics of gardening. That was not the case with Markham's book. I now finally know what the NPK stands for on fertilizer bags, the basics of pruning fruit and nut trees, how to make my own compost and pesticide, and how to overwinter crops.
In short, this book is NOT for master gardeners (though they might be able to pick up a few tips!) or people who have been living on a homestead for any length of time. It's also not for people who are generally grouchy...but I would recommend it to anyone who has an open mind and who wants to learn the basics of running a functional mini farm. When my budget allows, I will gladly add Brett Markham's book to my collection...and I have high hopes for his new book as well!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thorough, highly practical, specific advice for mini-farming--which Mr. Markham explains is different from gardening, as mini-farming is focused on productivity enough to feed... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Richard A. Loftus
Overall it wasn't the right book for our needs. I was also really surprised to see two chapters dedicated to chicken farming, including farming for meat. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Christina
Excellent book easy to understand and I have learned so much.Published 13 days ago by jaqualin pennyman
Book arrived quickly and in great shape. A definate joy to read and very informative. I highly recommend this book to any aspiring backyard farmer.Published 17 days ago by John R. Baldwin