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Table of ContentsChapter 1: Introduction The coming hard times Getting land Becoming a vegetableatarian Chapter 2: Basics What is a vegetable? Helping plants grow Increasing soil fertility Summary Chapter 3: Tools and tasks The basic three and a file How to start a new garden Raised beds and raised rows The bow rake Restoring a raised bed for planting again The hoe Miscellaneous tools Care of tools Chapter 4: Garden centers Transplants: Buyer beware Growing your own seedlings the easy way The garden center seedrack Chapter 5: Seeds The mail-order seed business Who to buy from Making seeds come up Saving on seed purchases Growing your own Chapter 6:Watering ... and not Four spacing systems Not suffering drought A gardener's textbook of sprinkler irrigation Chapter 7: Compost Why compost? Making low-grade compost Medium-quality compost: The once-a-year heap Humanure Green manure and cover crops Chapter 8: Insects and diseases Avoiding trouble Insects and their remedies Diseases and their remedies Chapter 9:What to grow . and how to grow it Some general tips Crops that are easiest to grow Crops that are harder to grow Difficult vegetables Chapter 10: Bibliography Books Online resources Index About the Author
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"I recommend Gardening When It Counts as an excellent first book for the beginning gardener. It includes all the practical details necessary to make, prepare, and tend a garden, make compost, choose varieties and seeds, and to grow just about everything. I also recommend it to all experienced gardeners. It is guaranteed to change the way you view and do gardening. Gardening When it Counts is a magnificent synthesis of garden science, original garden research, and agricultural history." Carol Deppe, Ph.D., author of Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving ."In Gardening When it Counts , Steve Solomon prepares the ground by encouraging us to embrace the organic revolution by growing more food with fewer imported resources and more ingenuity. He provides a hands-on account of amendment-centered gardening, using a wide variety of sources, and exhorts us to save seeds of kinds and varieties that we like to eat, that do well for us, and that may be dropped from current commercial seed inventories." Alan M. Kapuler, Ph.D., President, Peace Seeds, and former Research Director and cofounder of Seeds of Change "Steve Solomon's book is delightfully informative and abundantly rich with humor and grandfatherly wisdom. A must-read for anyone wanting a feast off the land of their own making.." Elaine Smitha, host of "Evolving Ideas" radio and telvision, and author of If You Make The Rules, How Come You're Not Boss?