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How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition: (And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land than You Can Imagine

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Decades before the terms “eco-friendly” and “sustainable growing” entered the vernacular,How to Grow More Vegetablesdemonstrated that small-scale, high-yield, all-organic gardening methods could yield bountiful crops over multiple growing cycles using minimal resources in a suburban environment. The concept that John Jeavons and the team at Ecology Action launched more than 40 years ago has been embraced by the mainstream and continues to gather momentum. Today,How to Grow More Vegetables, now in its fully revised and updated 8th edition, is the go-to reference for food growers at every level: from home gardeners dedicated to nurturing their backyard edibles in maximum harmony with nature’s cycles, to small-scale commercial producers interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity.Whether you hope to harvest your first tomatoes next summer or are planning to grow enough to feed your whole family in years to come,How to Grow More Vegetablesis your indispensable sustainable garden guide.

About the Author

Based in Willits, California, John Jeavons is the director of Ecology Action, an environmental research and education organization. Jeavons has taken his grassroots solutions global, working with such organizations as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps to solve large-scale hunger by revolutionizing small-scale food production in more than 140 countries around the world. To learn more, visit www.growbiointensive.org.

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 /Fertilization63

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

Appendices

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607741909
Subtitle:
(And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land than You Can Imagine
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Author:
Jeavons, John
Publication Date:
20120207
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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