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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.

Product Specifications

Author
Steve Solomon
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Consortium Book Sales & Dist
EAN
9780865715530
EANList
  • 9780865715530
Edition
F First Paperback Edition Used
Feature
Gardening When It Counts Growing Food in Hard Times
ISBN
086571553X
ItemDimensions
  • 900
  • 600
  • 117
  • 90
Label
New Society Publishers
Languages
  • English, Published English, Original Language English, Unknown
Manufacturer
New Society Publishers
MPN
9780865715530
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
360
PackageDimensions
  • 120
  • 900
  • 120
  • 610
PackageQuantity
1
PartNumber
9780865715530
ProductGroup
Book
ProductTypeName
ABIS_BOOK
PublicationDate
2006-04-01
Publisher
New Society Publishers
Studio
New Society Publishers
Title
Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series)
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