The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People

The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People

by Amy Stross
The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People

The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People

by Amy Stross


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Reduce your lawn and your grocery budget. Take gardening to the next level!

Would you like to grow healthy food for your table? Do you want to learn the secrets of farming even though you live in a neighborhood? Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a small farm.

In these pages you'll learn:

  • How to make your landscape as productive as it is beautiful
  • Why the suburbs are primed with food-growing potential
  • How to choose the best crops for success
  • Why you don't need the perfect yard to have a micro-farm
  • How to use easy permaculture techniques for abundant harvests

 If you're ready to create a beautiful, edible yard, this book is for you.

The Suburban Micro-Farm will show you how to grow your own fruits, herbs, and vegetables even on a limited schedule. From seed to harvest, this book will keep you on track so you feel a sense of accomplishment for your efforts.

You'll learn gardening tricks that are essential to success, like how to deal with a 'brown thumb', how to develop and nurture healthy soil, and how to manage garden pests.

Although this book has everything a new gardener needs to get started, experienced gardeners will not be disappointed. With helpful tips throughout, you will love the in-depth chapters about permaculture and making money on the micro-farm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997520835
Publisher: Twisted Creek Press
Publication date: 03/19/2018
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 264,489
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Stross is a permaculture gardener, writer, and educator with a varied background in home-scale food production.

Through years of experience as a professional gardener specializing in ecologically friendly and edible landscapes, she discovered that healthy fruits and vegetables could actually grow right outside her own door.

After receiving her permaculture design certificate, she began to design ecologically regenerative and productive landscapes for others. Her own 0.10-acre micro-farm became a thriving example, with berry bushes, fruit trees, herbs, flowers, and vegetable gardens.

Amy also founded and ran a 5-year community food forest project at her local university, which included a variety of edible gardens.

Her current adventure is transforming a 3-acre property into a micro-farm with her husband and mischievous farm cat. She reaches hundreds of thousands of people with her adventures and expertise in small-scale permaculture gardening on her popular website,

Table of Contents

PART I: Getting to Know the Micro-Farm
Chapter 1: Suburbia:
Civilization’s Opportunity
The Suburban Problem
Suburban Micro-Farming Myths
The Suburban Micro-Farm Solution
Chapter 2: Managing Expectations
Prevent Garden Overwhelm Syndrome
Life Hacks for the Busy Micro-Farmer
When It’s Not Enough
Overcoming Brown Thumbs
Setting Up Your Neighborhood for Success
Chapter 3: Developing Healthy Soil
Building Soil Health and Fertility
Guide to Organic Soil Amendments
No-Till Micro-Farming
Constructing a Simple Compost System
How to Compost
Cultivate Worm Castings with Vermicomposting
Chapter 4: Vegetables On The Farm
The Efficient Micro-Farm
Guide to Planting and Growing Vegetables
Choosing Crops to Meet Your Needs
How to Place Vegetables
Extending the Season with Cold Frames
Chapter 5: Micro-Farming Fruit
Growing Fruit Trees
Growing Berries for Beginners
Choosing Fruit for Your Circumstances
Chapter 6: Growing Herbs on the Micro-Farm
Kitchen Garden Herbs
Growing a Medicine Garden
Herbs in a Pollinator Garden
Create an Herb Spiral
PART 2: Becoming a Micro-Farmer
Chapter 7: Organizing Your Micro-Farm
Make a Garden Sketch
Make Seed and Supply Purchases
Month-by-Month Micro-Farming
Checklists and Monthly Calendars
Chapter 8: Seed Starting & Planting
Starting Seeds Indoors: A Step-by-Step Guide
How to Sow Seeds Directly Outdoors
How to Transplant Seedlings Outdoors
Chapter 9: Maintaining the Garden & Harvesting the Produce
Daily Garden Visits
Mulching in the Garden
Pest Management
Guide to Harvesting Vegetables
Cleaning up the Garden for Fall
Easy Seeds to Save
Storing Seeds
PART 3: Advanced Micro-Farming Techniques
Chapter 10: Edible Landscaping
Why Landscape with Edibles?
Things to Consider before Breaking Ground
Landscape Design Principles for Visual Appeal
Planning Techniques for the Edible Landscape
Choosing What to Plant
Utilizing the Parking Strip
Chapter 11: Digging Deeper: Permaculture & Micro-Farming
Using Water Wisely
Building Plant Guilds
Farming the Contour
Terracing with Check Logs
Managing the Edges
Permaculture Plants
Chapter 12: Making Money on the Suburban Micro-Farm
Perennial Crops
Annual Crops with a Long Season
Shade Crops
The Edible Plant Nursery
Cut Flowers
Maple Syrup
Cottage Food Products
Homemade Soap
Teaching and Writing
Tips for Success
Additional Resources
Online Resources
About the Author

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