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on January 17, 2013
The situation here is quite unusual - day/night balance like the desert, but altitude makes it much colder. (USDA zones 3-5) The soil is poor, and it can be windy. So it will be very helpful to have a guidebook that is written FOR this area, by someone who KNOWS this area.
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on August 11, 2012
Lightning fast delivery! Great condition. Cute little informative book about the core of high desert farming. Good to have and has great jumping off references.
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on February 6, 2015
good job
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on January 31, 2013
Great book for what I needed. Awesome, I really appreciate the author taking this area into consideration. Thanks very much
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on May 31, 2017
This book has lots of good practical and easy to implement ideas to improve growing results in higher elevations.
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on October 21, 2016
Exactly as described, Very happy.
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on December 26, 2011
Don't bother with this "book" - more like a xeroxed pamphlet. It has very little useful information, and just repeats the same things over and over.
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on June 7, 2009
The agricultural concept of permaculture is what enables gardeners to grow food crops under almost all environmental circumstances including areas affected by high winds, intense sunlight, cold nights, insect infestations, water restrictions, and many other agriculturally relevant conditions. In "Growing Food In The Southwest Mountains", author and gardening expert Lisa Rayner provides expert commentary on issues and challenges gardeners can face with respect to soil conditions low in organic matter due to compositions of clay, sand, and volcanic cinder; precipitation ranges of 18 to 25 inches annual (or less under conditions of drought as now afflicts the southwestern United States); high altitudes and large day-night temperature swings; windy weather commonly encountered in spring and fall dry seasons; as well as 'pest' animals, birds and insects. Focusing on home gardening conditions common to altitudes above 6,500 feet in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and Southern Utah, "Growing Food In The Southwest Mountains" is an essential and very highly recommended instructional introduction to successful gardening throughout this region -- as well as invaluable for gardening efforts under similar conditions elsewhere throughout the country.
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on February 1, 2009
This book is a great reference and introduction to the ways to work with the natural challenges of growing food in the high-elevation southwest. I am in Santa Fe, NM and have found many of these techniques and plant list suggestions invaluable. Many other gardening books are based on experience in more temperate, moist climates with totally different soil conditions. This book fits those of us without the benefit of regular rainfall and decent soil. Small format book, decent illustrations and planting suggestions.
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on June 4, 2012
This appears to be a vague summation of numerous (good) books the author has read, about growing practices she's had little experience with. Little useful information, much misinformation. Appendix lists many good resources -- read them instead.

Conceivably, someone who just moved to the mountainous southwest, and knows absolutely nothing about gardening in this challenging area, could find this little primer useful. But a far better use of their time would be spending a few hours with an actual gardener in their neighborhood.
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