Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

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by Steve Solomon
     
 

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The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering.

Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate to this new

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The decline of cheap oil is inspiring increasing numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In hard times, the family can be greatly helped by growing a highly productive food garden, requiring little cash outlay or watering.

Currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods are largely inappropriate to this new circumstance. Crowded raised beds require high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter, and demand large amounts of human time and effort. But, except for labor, these inputs depend on the price of oil. Prior to the 1970s, North American home food growing used more land with less labor, with wider plant spacing, with less or no irrigation, and all done with sharp hand tools. But these sustainable systems have been largely forgotten. Gardening When It Counts helps readers rediscover traditional low-input gardening methods to produce healthy food.

Designed for readers with no experience and applicable to most areas in the English-speaking world except the tropics and hot deserts, this book shows that any family with access to 3-5,000 sq. ft. of garden land can halve their food costs using a growing system requiring just the odd bucketful of household waste water, perhaps two hundred dollars worth of hand tools, and about the same amount spent on supplies — working an average of two hours a day during the growing season.

Steve Solomon is a well-known west coast gardener and author of five previous books, including Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades which has appeared in five editions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865715530
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series Series, #5
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
346,069
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Steve Solomon is a well-known west coast gardening guru, and author of five previous books. The founder of Territorial Seed Company, he has taught Master Gardener and Urban Farm classes at the University of Oregon in Eugene. His book, Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades has appeared in five editions.

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Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book ! I did find , however , that I had to spend time digesting sections before reading further because there is so much good content. This is a resource for any gardener who finds themselves frustrated with choices , planning , and getting output for your labor. I have always gardened , but this book is a resource I will use , hard times or good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very practical and easy to follow. Like others have noticed, the information is very dense and takes time to process. This is my goto book for gardening, mostly because i like his no nonsense low input approach for getting results. Especially valuable is Steve's debunking of the seed business and corporate influences on the home gardener.
Leah72 More than 1 year ago
This book helped me understand gardening and plant needs better. Gave my first copy to a friend this is my second copy. Love his gardening philosophy.
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