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How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine Paperback – October 1, 2006
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* A revision of the revolutionary guide to growing abundant organic fruits, vegetables, and other plants using sustainable methods and very little space. * Thoroughly revised and updated, with new information on harvesting, rotating crops, composting, and fertilizing, and a vast and varied resources section.
About the Author
JOHN JEAVONS is a cofounder of the group Ecology Action and the father of the modern biointensive gardening movement. He lives in Willits, California, where he has been growing more vegetables for decades.
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I have researched and bought MANY books on gardening and homesteading and found that they either fell into the "same old gardening book" camp with an alphabetical list of plant species you can grow, with little or no useful info on soil health, sustainable practices, or companion planting; or into the "inspirational" camp where the author philosophizes about sustainable theory, the impending soil apocalypse, and how growing your own food will save mankind. These arm-chair homesteading book are a lot of fun, but don't actually teach you anything useful.
This book is bursting with charts, diagrams, formulas, lists, and general how-to. It really is like a good textbook. It also gives you easy-to-understand theory behind the practices, without self-righteous environmentalist nonsense. I read it from cover to cover when I first got it, and am now going back part by part trying to get my head around concepts in more detail. This book is a keeper that my whole family will be going back to as a reference for years.
The thing I like best about this book is its rare honesty. The author and his organization put decades of practice behind all their recommendations - no fluff in here. Some of the concepts in this book were amazing to me, like creating micro-climates within the growing beds and root development in seedlings being permanently affected by the depth of their flats. The finer distinction he makes between tilling and "no till" methods, vs.his own "double dig" methods which are really neither - something quite distinct - is something I had never encountered before. He is also humble enough to recognize that he has never actually achieved true sustainability - even going so far as to admit there might not be any such thing in theory. Just "99%" sustainability. There are also no quick-fixes in here or miracle cures. The text constantly reminds you that developing the best garden takes time, effort, and continual skill development. That might not be appealing to some who want a perfect garden now, and it might not seem inspirational to those looking for a religious experience, but the practices taught in this book are refreshingly real.