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Discover how easy and profitable it is to grow ans sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs and small livestock from your own backyard market garden. Learn how others grow and sell: o 14,000 pounds of food, on less than one-eighth acre - Ohio o $150,000 from one-half acre, to fancy restaurants - California o $40,000 from one acre of oriental raised beds - Oregon o $36,000 from 3/4 acre, to city farmers' markets - Massachusetts Learn how you can: . Earn top dollar, with minimum effort and maximum profits. . Grow high-value crops in small spaces, efficiently and quickly. . Improve your garden soil for super yields and superb flavor. . Create markets that are profitable, reliable, fun and sustainable. . Improve your garden soil for super yields and superb flavor. . Buy or build tools that speed your work and increase profits. . Enjoy a guaranteed salary from community supported agriculture or a membership garden. Find your market niche in: membership gardening, community supported agriculture, farmers' markets, card table in your front yard, farm stands, clientele membership clubs, producers cooperatives, restaurants, caterers, institutions, pick your own and even growing specialty crops for your neighbor's salsa recipe. "BACKYARD MARKET GARDENING is the book that shows you how to do what you can with what you have where you are." - George DeVault, Organic Gardening Magazine. "Market gardening as described by Andy Lee is very rewarding to the soul, the soil, the environment, and the flow of capital."- Jim Hightower, Austin, Texas
A simple, lavishly illustrated guide to container gardens of all shapes and sizes You don't need a big back yard to grow a beautiful garden. "Container Gardens "is a user-friendly, illustrated guide to everything you need to know about growing beautiful plants, including advice on choosing soils, selecting plants that work together, planting in containers, and caring for your garden." " Each garden idea includes a "recipe" and an "ingredients" list that makes shopping and preparing a breeze. The easy-to-follow reference format explains every project in detail and in depth, including helpful hints and essential information on plants, growth, and potting options. Features more than 125 container "recipes," each complete with color photos, planting plans, tips on growing, and shopping lists Over 500 beautiful photos and illustrations, including inspirational garden photos, plant ID photos, how-to instructions, and step-by-step projects Step-by-step instruction helps you achieve exactly the look you want for any project and bonus tips and hints offer basic gardening advice on plant substitutions and garden design insights Covers everything from the very basics to more complicated projects, like window box butterfly gardens and containers with seasonal plant change-outs This easy-to-follow reference is the perfect guide for readers who want to create their own gorgeous container gardens at home.
Discover how easy it is to master composting Whether you're an avid gardener or simply want to reduce the amount of materials you send to the landfill, "Composting For Dummies" shows you how to turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into free, nutrient-rich compost and mulch. From building and working with traditional compost bins to starting an indoor worm-composting operation, "Composting For Dummies" makes these often intimidating projects easy, fun, and accessible. If you've ever said to yourself, "I should start composting," this book will help you get the job done. You'll get expert tips and helpful advice on which materials to compost (and materials to avoid), whether to turn or not to turn your pile, how to achieve the right balance of materials in your pile, and more Building plans for a variety of compost bins How to make and maintain a compost pile Up-to-date container trends" "With the helpful guidance of "Composting For Dummies, "you'll discover a back-to-basics skill that will benefit the earth and your wallet
Includes: *500 recommended plants & designs*planting tips and growing conditions *rules and principles of container gardening color, flowering time, height, spread and hardiness of each plant *photos showing each plant in a container setting *covers MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH
Sir Albert Howard presents a summary of his life's work in this book. Howard states "This law is true for soil, plant, animal, and man: the health of these four is one connected chain. Any weakness or defect in the health of any earlier link in the chain is carried on to the next and succeeding links, until it reaches the last, namely, man." Howard's work, decades ahead of its time, provides an insight into how he realized the value of organic methods though he went to India intending to teach the use of chemical fertilizers and chemical pest control.This text has been published under the title "The Soil and Health" and also under the title "Farming and Gardening for Health or Disease."
A fun and environmentally sound method of using forgotten soil for your garden
Focusing on composts, pests, weeds, and soil, this comprehensive guide to organic gardening explains how to get off the chemical treadmill, stay earth-friendly, and still enjoy an abundance of fragrant and beautiful plants. Complete with checklists and planners, it discusses everything from crop rotation to making your own "green manure," and from enhancing biodiversity to using botanical pesticides. Build the foundation for a healthy garden by identifying its soil type, and properly nurturing it. Find out which weeds are useful, and how to control unwanted varieties. Encourage "good predators," such as ladybirds and hoverflies, and plant to repel pests. With the most up-to-date ideas for time management, seasonal planting, and more, it's the best way to make the most of a garden...naturally.
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.
Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer's crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They're living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. They are sometimes better adapted to pests and harsh conditions than many modern varieties and often simply smell or taste better. "Gardening with Heirloom Seeds" serves as a resource for gardeners, cooks, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise who want to know more about finding, sharing, and propagating the seeds of heirloom flowers, fruits, and vegetables. In these beautifully illustrated pages, Lynn Coulter describes fifty old-fashioned species that have their roots in the past, from the Frenchman's Darling, a flowering herb whose seeds were pocketed by Napoleon Bonaparte when he invaded Egypt in 1798, to Snow White beets, an old Dutch favorite that will not stain the cook's fingers red. Most of the plants included here will grow all across the United States; a few are best suited for warmer climates. The text is sprinkled with practical advice from heirloom gardeners and lists sources for finding the seeds of many old varieties. Because it also provides room for notes, "Gardening with Heirloom Seeds" can be used year after year and can become an heirloom in its own right--a personal journal to pass along to the next generation of gardeners.
Crowood Gardening Guides have become the indispensable handbooks for the keen gardener who wants his information clear, practical, and full of color. The greenhouse opens up a new dimension to gardening; making tropical conditions, a temperate room, or even an alpine house a possibility. This practical guide adopts a simple and logical approach to what to do and when for the best results. Routine tasks as well as new ideas are included in any easy-to-follow monthly calendar of progress in the greenhouse.
Exploring one of the most straightforward and rewarding garden activities, this handy, easy-to-follow guide reveals every aspect of making and using compost--selecting the right type of container, deciding on the recipe that makes best use of the waste materials on hand, and showing the variety of ways in which this almost magical material can be put to work in the garden. For anyone concerned with sustainability, creating compost is an almost effortless way to give something back to Mother Nature, while enjoying the satisfaction of a healthy, bountiful garden for a fraction of the cost of commercially bought soil conditioners.
Features: -Garden hoe for industrial applications.-Super tough coating on hardwood handle repels water better and is more durable in sunlight than conventional lacquers.-Steel ferrule.-Forged head style.-Black head.-Product Type: Hoe.Dimensions: -6'' x...
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."
"Organic Gardening For Dummies," 2nd Edition shows readers the way to ensure a healthy harvest from their environmentally friendly garden. It covers information on the newest and safest natural fertilizers and pest control methods, composting, cultivation without chemicals, and how to battle plant diseases. It also has information on updated equipment and resources. It helps readers plant organically year-round, using herbs, fruits, vegetables, lawn care, trees and shrubs, and flowers. The tips and techniques included in "Organic Gardening For Dummies," 2nd Edition are intended to reduce a garden's impact on both the environment and the wallet.
Organic Gardening for the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs and Flowers
The comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself organic gardening, starting from the basics. This groundbreaking book explains the latest scientific knowledge on how to find, choose and grow the best plants without any synthetic chemicals.
Organic Gardening for the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers
This comprehensive guide to organic gardening will help you create a steady supply of organically-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers all year round. Includes the latest information on how to find, choose, and grow plants that thrive without synthetic chemicals. Learn how to: Plant traditional varieties, known as Heirloom plants, that were developed before the use of pesticides and fertilizers Select regional varieties adapted to your climate and location Increase your bounty by repurposing seeds from your own garden Discourage pests while encouraging beneficial insects and birds Includes a beautifully illustrated, A-to-Z directory of 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. Detailed entries include when to sow, plant, and harvest; cultivation information; and the top ten health-enhancing fruits and vegetables.
The popularity of organic gardening just keeps growing, as more and more people worry about our earth's delicate ecosystems and choose to forgo chemicals. Plus, these lucky gardeners get to enjoy delicious fresh produce from their own backyard Going the natural route is easy with "Organic Gardening Techniques," which provides eco-conscious gardeners with practical advice on cultivating fruit, vegetables, herbs, and other plants. It covers all the essentials: selecting the right tools, propagation, crop rotation, training greenhouse crops, watering, weed and pest control, even attracting wildlife. Packed with information, this is a thorough reference for every organic gardener.