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The Self-Sufficient Suburban Gardener Hardcover – December, 1983

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Pr (December 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878574573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878574575
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
There are countless books on gardening, garden planning and home food production - some better and some far worse than others. Of all the books I have read over some 20 plus years I would list only about a dozen or so that have actually proven their value, both as references and practical, easy to read, 'how to' books that can, if followed, make you a far more effective gardener.

This book tops the list and is,to me at least, THE one first book I would recommend to anyone who is seriously considering home food production. Jeff Ball introduces a highly readable, easily followed five-step (read five-year) plan to transform a suburban back yard into an attractive, highly productive, and fully sustainable 'suburban homestead.' It starts out with a couple of raised beds and progresses to a full size garden, utilizing progressive intensive planting, cold frames and a small greenhouse to produce food year-round. For the serious suburban homesteader it even includes information on food storage, canning and even how to incorporate chickens, rabbits, bees, and fish into the completed system -all while maintaining the neat appearance many suburban communities require.

Some of the information in this book is a little 'dated',yet the basic principles it teaches are actually far more important now than they were at the time the book was written.
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Format: Paperback
I have owned this book for probably fifteen years now. Unlike those books that sit on my shelves in favor of newer, more pertinant ones, this book is full of useful charts and graphs that make every years gardening planning easy and fun. I highly recommend it. I am sorry it is out of print and will start to take better care of mine. I don't want to lose it!
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Format: Hardcover
Have had this book for five years and always go back for helpful hints. The program that he sets up is perfect even for someone with a small backyard.
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Interesting book. I bought it second hand and its condition was as promised and at a great price. The reseller was good to their word.
As far as the ideas in the book are concerned for gardening, they are very good. But the second book he wrote, "Jeff Ball's 60 Minute Garden" is much better since it builds on "The Self Sufficient SubUrban Garden" and has more ideas and how to's that also have the benefits of his additional experience. I just wanted it to add to my library. I follow his ideas on gardening pretty regularly and they do work very well, really eliminated my weekly weeding. Although I do spend more than 60 minutes a week in my garden, more like 60 minutes an hour!, but again I have enjoyed doing it.
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