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Maximizing Your Mini Farm: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre Paperback – May 15, 2012
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This is an excellent book! I highly recommend it. However, if you're also considering buying The Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening, don't waste your money. Buy the Maximizing book, not the Vegetable book. The Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening is the first 18 chapters of the larger Maximizing Your Mini Farm book. It is word for word the same! However there is a chapter 19 (Permaculture with Perennial Vegetables) that is not in this book. Don't buy both books! Just buy this one since it has the same info plus 8 additional chapters not in the smaller book.
The most important thing is that the author gives you pretty much everything you need to know in order to actually win with your garden. I'm biased toward greenhouses, and mine is modeled around his suggestions. My sister thinks greenhouses make no sense for her situation, and her more traditional garden is also modeled around his suggestions. They both work. That's the glory of his approach.
He just published a new book. Don't get it (Maximizing Your Mini Farm: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre) instead - get both. They are definitely companion pieces - you'll be glad you did.
Also, consider getting (Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together) as well. Aquaponics is another way to raise a significant amount of (organic) food easily in a small space. This author takes a similar approach to teaching you what you need to know in order to make informed choices, and the flexibility is something you'll appreciate.
The book is well written and illustrated, if a bit too technically detailed. And the publisher used "big" pictures to make the book more weighty. 1.5 page photos at the beginning of each chapter. I was especially confused how a picture of cooked aspergas that took up over 40% of a page with nothing below it improved the learning experience!
I guess I should have purchased the first book first.... or read the index of this one and moved on.
This book is easy to read and has a ton of helpful photos and diagrams to illustrate each topc. He covers all the basics and summarizes each chapter, another very helpful aspect. A generous section of note pages is provided in the back as well as lovely color photos throughout, so you don't feel as if you're reading a ponderous how-to book. It's an inspiring, instructive work and I found it very helpful. I think you will too.
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This book is a sequel to Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre - and the initial chapter keeps saying things like "if you want to find out about... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Erin Penn
I recently bought this book even tho I have more space for a garden than the name implies. What this book includes.
A section on each plant. Read more
Best nuts-and-bolts book on nailing down the basics of feeding yourself. Excellent companion to the previous tome.Published 16 months ago by Eric the Grey
The author of this book is constantly referring to another book of theirs, like a needy salesman. It really gets in the way of the book's content. Read morePublished 18 months ago by hartje