- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 32638th edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602399840
- ISBN-13: 978-1602399846
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 701 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. Using the methods explained in his book, he runs a profitable, Certiﬁed Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.
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The book completely fails to deliver on the promise, in fact, there's almost no mention of how to grow intensively and virtually no pictures of the author or anyone else actually doing it. There are a few stock photos of vegetables and then maybe 20 or 30 copies of the same photo of long grass in the book. What's up with that? I eat grass - once converted to beef - but all those grass pictures could have been replaced with pictures of his own 1/4 acre intensive garden - assuming he actually has one. It's not clear at all from the book.
90% of the content of the book is standard articles easily available in any gardening book, magazine, website, or a dozen other places on how to create compost, how to plant, how to harvest, etc... nothing at all that is unique or special to an intensive garden. Look at urbanhomestead dot org for an example of great pictures of intensive gardening. You'll find nothing at all like that in this book.
Markham seems to know his topic but at times he
omits useful details. Perhaps this was due to space constraints, or time constraints. Maybe he never expected this book to be much of a success. I think that it needs to be published in a second edition, with more details in certain areas, much more sturdy binding, and perhaps without the exact same illustration that takes up 3/4 of a two page spread at the start of every chapter.
Like others have pointed out, it is well organized and full of useful, Valuable information. However, you will want to do your own research and please remember that even organic agriculture has its own variances of opinion on the proper ways of doing something.