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More and more people are recognizing the need for nutritious, local, sustainable food, but organic options can be costly, and the produce sections of most supermarkets are packed with fruits and vegetables that have racked up more frequent flier miles than a rock band on world tour. How can urban dwellers without ready access to fertile land enjoy the benefits of traditional gardening? And for those with a yard, how do you maximize the harvest of fresh, healthy edibles? In "From Container to Kitchen," D.J. Herda shows that there is a way. Written for the novice home gardener as well as the seasoned pro, this fully illustrated, comprehensive guide will show you how to save up to 70 percent on your produce bill by growing fruits and vegetables in pots. Topics include: Selecting the right container size and location Optimizing soil composition and nutrients Managing light, water, and humidity Choosing the best fruits and vegetables for container gardening Eliminating pests and plant diseases naturally Extending the harvest Dig in to this bumper crop of container gardening tips and techniques and learn how to create your own moveable feast D.J. Herda is an award-winning freelance author, editor, and photojournalist who has written several thousand articles and more than eighty books, including "Zen and the Art of Pond Building." He is an avid organic gardener and test grower and has been writing extensively about growing fruits and vegetables for over forty years.
Nellie Neal says, "Yes, we can garden organically down South " And in this book she tells us how. This book makes the creation of safe and satisfying organic gardens easy. The South has special factors that challenge gardeners but Nellie Neal, as usual, has the answers. Topics include soils, garden conditions, planning, pests, and ornamental and edible plants. It all leads to a bountiful, beautiful non-toxic garden that feeds body and soul.Your southern garden can be beautiful, a healthy place where you enjoy nature and a ripe tomato. In this book, Nellie Neal tells you how to use the power of organic gardening to make landscape tasks easier and more effective, just as she does as 'GardenMama' on her SuperTalk MS radio broadcasts. She says, "Each year, more gardeners ask me about organic gardening, but information tailored to the South can be hard to find. People are interested in the potential effects of garden chemicals on their children and pets. They ask about natural soil building, smart plant and product choices, edible plants, composting, mulching, and garden sanitation. Organic methods make sense and will work for you."
Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income. Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufﬁciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
This book gives a glimpse of the many relationships and natural processes within Nature and the interconnectedness of life. Gardening is much easier and much more enjoyable when we work to support the health of the whole garden and that is what organic gardening is all about.