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The Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Self-Sufficiency from Asparagus to Zucchiniby Brett L Markham
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Make the most of your vegetable garden with Brett Markham, author Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre. This comprehensive new handbook covers everything you need to know about maximizing and harvesting the best vegetables you can possibly produce. With each chapter addressing a different vegetable, youll learn tips and tricks about varietal selection, nutritional merits, how to begin, special hints for growing, and how to deal with particular pests and diseases, plus one or two creative recipes to get you started. With over 150 of Markhams own photographs guiding you every step of the way, youll find this an honest, straightforward guide and a must-have for any vegetable mini-farmer.
"Markham is developing a franchise; this and two other books extend and focus the ideas in his earlier Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on Â¼ Acre. This book's focus on veggies aims at a sweet spot: the millions of people who need to know how grandma (or great-grandma) grew all those wonderful tomatoes, and even more great produce, in the backyard in the summer. Gardeners who are familiar with intensive gardening methods won't find a great deal, but newbies will love the commonsense systematic way Markham, an engineer and hobby farmer, explains what goes into successful cultivation: the chemistry and methods of soil preparation before a seed is put in the ground. His philosophy slides sometimes into oversimplification: an asparagus bed, for example, takes a few years to establish. And his criticism of the politics of contemporary farming is not deep. But readers wanting that should turn to Michael Pollan; readers looking to plant their first raised-bed garden should start here. A bonus is drop-dead simple recipes, again best for people becoming acquainted with growing and cooking their own food. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
New from the bestselling author of Mini Farming! Maximize your vegetable garden!
About the Author
Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. Using the methods explained in his book, he runs a profitable, Certiﬁed Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.
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