The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil

by John Jeavons (Author), Carol Cox (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Jeavons and Cox offer a less technical version of Jeavons's best-selling book on
biointensive gardening, How To Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought
Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, published over 25 years ago. Written
for both the beginner and the experienced gardener, this new book shows how to
cultivate 11 commonly grown vegetables, calorie crops (beans), or compost crops
in 100-square-foot plots using organic, soil-enriching methods. The authors
discuss biointensive gardening theory, preparing garden beds, composting,
starting seeds, growing crops, and collecting seeds. They offer detailed
instructions and equations showing how to calculate how many seeds to plant to
get the necessary seedlings to fill the suggested garden plans and suggest ways
to customize garden plots. While the equations are easy to follow, the
calculations and numerous charts may intimidate the beginner, who may also need
more information on gardening techniques. Recommended especially for experienced
gardeners interested in biointensive gardening.

From Booklist
More than 25 years ago, Jeavons wrote the best-selling How to Grow More
Vegetables, which sold more than 350,000 copies in seven languages. It was a
how-to book on high-yield, biologically intensive food-raising techniques. His
new book, coauthored by Carol Cox, is a somewhat simpler book written for
gardeners trying biointensive gardening for the first time. The focus is on the
soil; and a good way to ensure sustainable soil fertility, the authors say, is
the biointensive method of growing food. To achieve this, they give instructions
and suggestions on what to grow; preparing biointensive beds, compost, and
plating; growing compost crops, such as vetch, fava beans, wheat, and rye; and
growing "calorie crops" (wheat, oats, dry beans, and corn). The authors make
suggestions on companion planting--i.e., which crops to put beside each other
for the best results. George Cohen

Product Details

Paperback: 118 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (February 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580080162



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