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Small Plot, High Yield Gardening

Grow Like A Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well From your Front (or Back or Side) Yard 100% Organic Produce Garden
Gilbertie, Sal (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Small Plot, High Yield Gardening
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Are you tired of throwing away time, energy, and money on a perfectly manicured, water-guzzling, weed-producing lawn? Are you longing to feed your family in more healthful and eco-friendly ways but shocked by organic produce prices at the grocery store? Do you fantasize about growing your own food but hesitate to take on more than you can manage? nbsp; If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time for you to get down and dirty--and take the plunge that will please your taste buds and your pocket-book! In Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening , Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan will help you turn your sprawling suburban acreage or postage stamp-sized plot into a low-impact, all-organic, totally sustainable produce garden. nbsp; You'll learn about the most effective natural fertilizers, drought-resistant cultivation methods, pest-repellent companion plantings, trends in heirloom herb and vegetable varieties, and raised-bed techniques for achieving maximum productivity in a limited space. You can even add a cutting garden so you'll always have fresh flowers on a kitchen table that's groaning under the weight of incomparably fresh vegetables seasoned with a variety of home-grown herbs. nbsp; Whether you're filling a 10' x 10' sandbox or digging up your 3,000-square-foot tennis court, any yard has the potential to produce a multi-crop bonanza. And anyone with a little soil and a lot of heart can do it!
Authors: Gilbertie, Sal
Title: Small plot, high yield gardening
grow like a pro, save money, and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard 100% organic produce garden
Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, 2010
Edition: Rev. ed
Characteristics: 248 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan
Notes: "Originally published in the United States under the title Home Gardening at Its Best by Atheneum, New York, in 1977."
Includes index
Contents: You don't have to be Italian to grow good peppers
Why bother?
Productivity is growing $7,486 worth of fresh, organic produce
Rabbits and raised beds
More on garden architecture
Grow into gardening
Breaking even in the first year
How to read seed catalogs
Other sources of gardening savvy
Ask Uncle Sam
Big is not bountiful
Chaos in the vegetable kingdom?
Practical vegetable groupings
Build soil
The ABCs of N, P, and K
Feeding your garden for 12cent a day
Triggering the nutrients in soil
Production-plus planting procedures
Watering
Much ado about mulch
Weather
Bugs & Co.
Herbs for the kitchen, flowers for the table
Plant your personality
Shopping for seeds and seedlings
Maximum-production techniques for 50+ popular vegetables
Gardening in small spaces
Make compost as you make good lasagne
Garden plants that keep on giving
Uses of a cold frame
Starting from seed
Did I plant that?
Additional Contributors: Sheehan, Larry
ISBN: 1580080375
9781580080378
Branch Call Number: 635 G466s 2010
Subject Headings: Small gardens Organic gardening Vegetable gardening
Topical Term: Small gardens
Organic gardening
Vegetable gardening
LCCN: 2009038119
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This is a gardening book that you could actually read cover to cover. It has good suggestions and is entertaining. This book is not a step 1, 2, 3 guide to beginning gardening, but has good suggestions for you once you have started.


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Apr 06, 2012
  • lilbookworm rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

this book is really virtually useless
I found it to be of no benefit and a huge disappointment

May 30, 2011
  • Raun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good resource and packed with good advice for gardens of any size but the target garden in the book is 3000 square feet, not exactly what I'd call "small plot". I didn't see exact expectations of harvest size per plant, or exactly how many mature plants per area which would help me the most. Author points out that many gardeners try to put too many plants per square foot thereby reducing the productivity of each plant (certainly one of my errors) but I didn't get a concise directive on what the best ratio for each type of vegetable. I'd still recommend this book for beginners such as myself, there's lots to learn and it's nicely laid out.

Jul 17, 2010
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No space is wasted on photos (except one) and it helps you plan the improvements and growth from year to year, including rotation planting. If you are serious, you will want to buy this book for yourself, rather than borrowing it several times a year as you progress.

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