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How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition by John Jeavons

How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition

How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition by John Jeavons
Feb 07, 2012 | 256 Pages
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    Feb 07, 2012 | 256 Pages

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“John’s methods are nothing short of miraculous.”
—Alice Waters, author, Slow Food crusader, and founder of Chez Panisse restaurant 
“Possibly the most detailed explanation of the Biointensive gardening method available.” 
—New York Times
“There are two kinds of vegetable gardeners–those who garden in beds of some kind and for whom this is the ultimate foundation book, a must-read, and an essential reference. Then there are those who don’t garden in beds, for whom it’s still a must-read and an essential reference. The full title–How to Grow More Vegetables (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine–actually understates the contents. The book is about how to grow pretty nearly all your food and your garden’s fertilizer on a modest amount of land.”
—Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgments                                                                            vi
Foreword by Alice Waters                                                                  vii
Preface / Ecology Action and the Common Ground Project by the Ecology Action Staff          viii
Introduction / Building Soil, Building the Future                                  1
History and Philosophy of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method • How to Use This Book
1 / Deep Soil Creation and Maintenance                                           15
Getting Started–Correct Tools •  Laying Out Your Beds •  Types of Deep Soil Preparation •  General Double-Digging Procedure •  Considerations for Initial Dig with Very Poor Soils •  Prepared Beds
2 / Sustainability          33
Sustainable Soil Fertility • The Loss of Soil Nutrients and Humus • Initially Adding Nutrients and Humus to the Soil •  100% Sustainability Impossible •  The Need for Up to 99% Sustainability •  Ecology Action’s Pursuit of Sustainability •  How to Design for Your Soil’s Fertility
3 / The Use of Compost and Soil Fertility         44
A “Natural” System •  Compost Functions •  The Process •  Soil and Other Materials in the Compost Pile •  Locating the Pile •  Size and Timing •  Building the Pile •  Watering the Pile •  Compost Curing and Application Rates •  Composting Methods Compared •  Materials to Use Minimally or Not at All •  Benefits of Compost in the Soil •  Building a Compost Pile Step-By-Step •  All Compost Is Not Equal
4 / Fertilization 63
Soil Testing •  Taking a Soil Sample •  pH •  Recommended Sources of Nutrients •  Adding Fertilizers and Compost •  More Sustainable Fertilization
5 / Open-Pollinated Seeds, Seed Propagation, Close Spacing, and Seed Saving         75
Seed Planting •  Seedling Flats •  Flat Soil •  Some Causes of Poor Germination •  Pricking Out Seedlings •  Transplanting •  Spotting •  Planting by the Phases of the Moon •  Watering •  Shadenetting •  Mini-Greenhouses •  Key Water Factors •  Weeding •  Planting in Season
6 / Companion Planting           101
Health •  Rotations •  Nourishing the Soil •  Physical Complementarity • Weed, Insect, and Animal Relationships
7 / An Interrelated Food-Raising System: Creating and Caring for a Balanced Natural Ecosystem with Insect Life        119
Natural Predators •  Other Initiatives
8 / Master Charts and Planning            129
Letter Codes •  Vegetable and Garden Crops •  Calorie, Grain, Protein Source, and Vegetable Oil Crops •  Compost, Carbon, Organic Matter, Fodder, and Cover Crops •  Energy, Fiber, Paper, and Other Crops •  Tree and Cane Crops •  Flower Spacing Chart •  Herb Spacing Chart •  Planning Sheet
9 / Sample Garden Plans          180
Appendix 1 / Tools       191
Appendix 2 / The Efficacy of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method in Increasing Sustainable Yields and Building Soils  213
Appendix 3 / Ecology Action Publications        219
Appendix 4 / Organizations      225
Appendix 5 / Memberships and Ordering          227
Index    229
About the Author           239

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