Your Farm in the City
The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard. Eating locally and growing one's own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings - Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed… More »
The most complete book on urban farming, covering everything from growing organic produce and raising chickens, to running a small farm on a city lot or in a suburban backyard. Eating locally and growing one's own food is a rapidly evolving movement in urban settings - Hantz Farms in Detroit has transformed 70 acres of abandoned properties into energy-efficient gardens, and Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, a 6,000-foot vegetable farm in Brooklyn, New York, yields 30 different kinds of produce, while private square-foot farms are cropping up in cities all over the country. Created by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth, Your Farm in the City covers all of the essential information specific to gardening and farming in a city or town. Clear, easy-to-follow instructions guide and inspire even the most inexperienced urbanite in how to grow and harvest all types of produce, flowers, herbs, and trees, as well as how to raise livestock like chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, and honeybees. Important information particular to gardening in a city or town is included, such as planning and maximizing limited space, building healthy soil, managing irrigation, understanding zoning laws, outwitting urban pests, and being a considerate farming neighbor. With 100 two-color instructional illustrations throughout and dozens of vital resources, Your Farm in the City is the most practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-follow guide to the burgeoning trend of urban farming.« Less
Planning your city farm
Building healthy soil
Raised beds, containers, and vertical planting
Starting with seeds
The fruits and vegetables of your labors
Keep it growing
Loving your enemies
Extending the harvest
Urban farm animals
"Chickens, bees, and livestock; container, raised bed, and vertical gardening; organic vegetables and fruits; backyard composting, herbs and edible flowers"--Cover
Includes bibliographical references (p. 294-297) and index
Down on the city farm -- Planning your city farm -- Building healthy soil -- Raised beds, containers, and vertical planting -- Starting with seeds -- Soil fertility -- The fruits and vegetables of your labors -- Keep it growing -- Loving your enemies -- Extending the harvest -- Urban farm animals
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