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- Publication Date: March 18, 2015
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- Language: English
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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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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.
This book is OK. It does have some good ideas, and if you're totally new to the concept of mini farming, it could be useful for you. You probably won't be upset at spending $3 on it. It does give some good ideas for what to grow in different ways, like trellises, boxes, and in the ground. It talks about things like irrigation, maximizing space, and insect control. It does contain some useful information. But it doesn't meet the expectation I had for it when I downloaded it, and it's missing a lot of detail I'd like to have seen (but then again, lots of detail would be in a book that costs between $10 and $20).
It's lacking the passion and the pro tips you'd get from a book written by someone who's fought their way through container gardening and won. That's what I was looking for, because I've tried container gardening and lost. I wanted something to tell me what i was doing wrong and how to fix it. Based on my experience in blog posts, SEO writing, and ebook publishing, this book reads like it was written to sell books, not necessarily written by someone who knows what they're talking about from first hand experience.
What troubles me is that someone else wrote a review saying they're a Certified Master Gardener and indicates that much of the information in the book is just wrong. I already didn't trust the authority and expertise because of how it was written and what I know about the ebook business, and that comment didn't help me gain confidence.
If you're totally brand new to container gardening, you would probably find this book useful to generate ideas and teach you some basics you wouldn't have considered. If you're like me and have tried this style of gardening and need some professional advice, this book is probably not for you.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
Maybe I misread the description or don't understand what mini farming actually means but I was under the impression that mini farming would be something you could do in really small spaces, this book focuses on having an acre to work with. I live in southern California and my entire lot of land isn't nearly an acre- more like a half an acre, and that has a large house on it too. Oddly enough this book also spent a significant amount of time discussing livestock like pigs and chickens- It's not even legal to have these type of animals in suburban areas like where I live. I did learn a little bit about different types of soil, although there was no discussion on how to decide what plants need what so I'm not even sure that this is useful.
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there are not good ideas and suggestions in it, but most can...Read more
. but the info was good just the same.
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