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The New Self-Sufficient Gardener Paperback – April 21, 2008
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It's ironic that the practices I've learned from the sustainable ag/permaculture/organic gardeners to make the most of my little gardens have now equipped me to grow more than enough food for our family in several small raised beds! This allows us to leave the bulk of our land wild and free for the wildlife that already inhabits it (which also leaves us a lot more time to enjoy the land and wildlife)!
That said, I've been working my way through my "oldies but goodies" garden book collection and picking up revised editions where possible and reading new authors as well to see how I can make the most of every bit of garden space I have in an effort to leave the remainder of my land naturalized.
This edition now ranks as my favorite all-around comprehensive garden book (and that is a high honor because I have some absolutely brilliant and useful books on my shelf). I cannot believe how much valuable information, beautiful illustrations and new-to-me hints, techniques and ideas I've picked up from this book.
On first glance, it looked like it was going to be another book that presented basic information on overall gardening with a little more detail when you get to the nuts and bolts of individual types of plants. Not so! He gives so many detailed instructions, illustrations and ideas for so many plants and techniques that I'm actually a little overwhelmed.
What I love most is that these are tips and techniques that anyone--rich or poor, strong or weak, with great tools or a $1 tree spade, some seeds and a space in the sun--can use to grow a beautiful, nutritious crop of food AND create a healthier, more productive environment as well.
I cannot imagine any gardener not enjoying this book and finding something useful to apply in their own garden.
This is a wonderful book for the experienced gardener and new alike. The suggestions are practical, inexpensive, and can be applied in any garden. He covers soil, pests, different crops, spacing, garden layout, composting, and more. I checked this book out of the library, but am here today to buy it. It may be the only gardening book you will need (although if you are like me you will add others!).
I love his down to earth way of writing, and practical, useful information.
The information is presented in a clear simple manner, that will benefit anyone from the first time gardener to a seasoned expert. The illustrations are superb. It is so much more than a run of the mill gardening book.
If you are looking for a single book to help you grow more and better food for your table, you can't go wrong with this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a beautifully illustrated book, fun to page through, but I was not super impressed with the content. Read morePublished 10 days ago by AD
This fills in the gaps from John Seymour's The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It. The information is concise and offers great detail and information on everything from... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jeremy R Hill
I went Through The 70'e & 80's with John Seymour Back To The Land Books and with them Helped my Friends go back to the Land themselves!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Howard W Lieske
My brother swears by this book, so I had to get one for myself!Published 2 months ago by R Sorenson
Excellent book! I had got the full Self-Sufficient Lifestyle book out of the library many times before buying this one, which is the gardening focused one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suzie Best
Love books on gardening and this one didn't disappoint! lots of useful information in my drive to be a career farmer in the very near future.Published 8 months ago by crissidg
Can one have too many gardening books? One of my favorites.Published 11 months ago by Robin J. Zaleski
The book is great for beginners to the Gardner who has done it for yrs. It covers most everything its my go to book for my garden.Published 12 months ago by Tina Edwards
This book is one of the best I've seen out there. My neighbor gave his to me to look at, I ordered it the same day, and his copy was very old, but very good information.Published 15 months ago by djohnah