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Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)

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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.

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Author

Steve Solomon

Binding

Paperback

EAN

9780865715530

EAN List

9780865715530

ISBN

086571553X

Item Dimensions

88, hundredths-inches, 900, hundredths-inches, 116, hundredths-pounds, 608, hundredths-inches

Label

New Society Publishers

Languages

English, Unknown, English, Original Language, English, Published

Manufacturer

New Society Publishers

Number Of Items

1

Number Of Pages

360

Package Dimensions

120, hundredths-inches, 900, hundredths-inches, 120, hundredths-pounds, 610, hundredths-inches

Package Quantity

1

Product Group

Book

Product Type Name

ABIS_BOOK

Publication Date

2006-04-01

Publisher

New Society Publishers

Studio

New Society Publishers

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