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Mini Farming: How to Create a Sustainable Organic Garden in Your Backyard You Can Be Proud Of (Square Foot Gardening, Small Space Gardening, Mini Farming For Beginners) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 1076 KB
- Publication date : March 18, 2015
- Print length : 43 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B00UXF5HE6
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- Best Sellers Rank: #4,318 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author actually recommends salting beds to kill weeds. Well, the joke is on anyone who actually acts on this advice as salt will also kill any of the food and flower plants you're trying to grow in that bed. There is a section suggesting saving seeds for planting in subsequent years, but virtually no useful information about how to do that for any plant, just generic 'some seeds to this, some seeds do something else, just dry them in some rice' sorts of statements. Not helpful at all. Canning is also mentioned several times and the author suggests getting a water bath [canner], but there is no mention that none of the suggested crops can be safely preserved by canning in a water bath canner other than pickling and attempting to can your vegetables in a water bath canner instead of a pressure canner can result in foods infected with potentially lethal things like botulism. I feel suggesting that the reader look into canning as a preservation method without knowing enough to be able to state that attempting to can certain foods without a pressure canner is irresponsible, very dangerous, and downright negligent on the part of the author.
In addition to the glaring lack of useful information, which is vastly outweighed by the amount of harmful and outright omitted information, this book is riddled with grammatical, syntax, and spelling errors. I don't think this "book" was edited at all prior to publication. Examples of this include poor sentence structure such as "When you are trying to start your own mini farm, then you need to do your own research as well," bad homonym use such as "quarts" instead of "quartz" and a complete failure to proof-read resulting in "pre-cute" instead of "pre-cut." The author also makes obvious contradictions from one chapter to the next with statements like "You'll need to be self-sufficient year round, which will also require canning and preservation techniques that can be learned at a later date" and "Food preservation methods are a way to become self-sufficient year round, but are not necessarily needed."
Overall, I cannot, in good faith, recommend this book to anyone. You would be much better off doing some Google searches and getting your information from the internet at large, purchasing legitimate gardening books, or visiting your library to read a real book by someone who knows real information about gardening. In the current boom of urban homesteading and small scale farming, books on these topics are not difficult to find and your local librarian will undoubtedly have some recommendations which you could then take back here to Amazon and do some searches for used copies of the books to get a better deal on the information you need. I received this item free for my honest and unbiased review and that is what you have here. I never promise positive reviews and I am as honest as possible in my writing about the items I review so I hope this review has been helpful to you.
Unfortunately, this book is NOT it. For starters, this book is super short, maybe 40 pages. It provides very little useful information and is full of fluff and filler. Such as "There are many animals that you can consider for manure and other things, but it will really depend on what you are looking to use the animal for."
This might be helpful for someone who has never heard of a garden or had any garden experience, but it won't actually help you set up a successful garden. The section on animals was the most ridiculous part to me. For example, "Pigs: You can actually use pigs, and it won't be too hard." Wait, what? You can actually use pigs for what? Telling someone who is just starting out in mini-farming to go get some pigs is a crazy suggestion. Then about chickens: "Chickens are also another option for mini farming, but if you're just using your backyard, it is a little less popular." Less popular than what? A pig or a goat? Chickens are very popular in backyards, and many localities allow chickens, even in the suburbs and city. The funnies part to me was, "You can sell the feathers, use the meat, use the manure, and even use the eggs." Really? I can even use the eggs??????
My kids are in middle school, and I guarantee they could come up with a more informative, well-written book on mini-farming than this. Please, save your time and get a real book on sustainable mini-farming!
I received this book for free for my evaluation and honest review.
"If you don't have the right plants for a mini garden, then you will not have a successful mini garden. You will need to later decide which plants are more important for you to grow, depending upon preference, but the plants below are usually great to have in a mini garden because they produce high yields without having to take up too much space. They are also plants that are less likely to need as much maintenance as other crops". They then list melons, peppers, pole beans, Squash 'including most verities', Scarlet Runner Beans, Blackberries, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Cucumbers, Zucchini, & Passion Fruit as being good choices for a mini garden.
Nope. ^^ Not true.
This book is obviously another foreign produced "I don't know what I'm talking about, but it doesn't matter" effort. Anyone who thinks this book is 5 stars is either a paid reviewer or doesn't know much about gardening. All you 5 star reviewers here please consult your local county extension office for FREE gardening advice (that is actually science based and will therefore be accurate.) if you plan on planting a 'mini garden'. This book will not help you come harvest time.
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