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Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

by Steve Solomon (Author)

Product Description

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.

About the Author
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.

Product Details

Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 086571553X



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