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Other titles in the Dover Books on Herbs, Farming and Gardening series:
We Wanted a Farm (Dover Books on Herbs, Farming and Gardening)by Maurice G. Kains
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In his classic Five Acres and Independence, Maurice G. Kains offered advice about living off the land with privately raised stock and produce. In this engaging and informative memoir, he relates his family's experiences in realizing their long-cherished dream—establishing and maintaining their own small farm.
Kains recounts how they overcame the handicap of unproductive clay soil to develop a relatively small garden that yielded an entire year's supply of vegetables. He describes his reclamation of neglected fruit trees, vines, and blackberry patches; laying out an orchard of 1,000 trees, a vineyard, a commercial vegetable garden, and ornamental plantings; the installation of heating, water, and sewage systems; fighting weeds and bugs; and numerous other challenges. Gardeners, urban homesteaders, those who aspire to life on a small working farm, and other readers will find We Wanted a Farm an outstanding and informative source of expert advice.
In this engaging and informative memoir, the author of the classic Five Acres and Independence relates his family's experiences in realizing a dream of establishing and maintaining their own small farm.
In his classic Five Acres and Independence, Maurice G. Kains offered advice about going back to the land and living off privately raised stock and produce. In this engaging and informative memoir, he relates his family's experiences in realizing a dream of establishing and maintaining their own small farm.
Table of Contents
Our First Step Toward the Farm: We Rent a Suburban Home We Meet, Marry and Don Our Overalls A Garden in the Snow Mastering Clay Soil The Teamster A Triumph in Plowing Maximum Vegetable Yield from Limited Space Saving Crops from Frost Strawberries in Abundance We Take Our Second Step: We Buy a Suburban Place A Suburban Home of Our Own Fruit-Growingon a Suburban Lot Grapes Galore in Our Garden Fresher Eggs Than "Strictly Fresh" Lawn-Making Under Difficulties Our Pets Give Pleasure and Amusement Our Final Step: We Buy Our Farm A Pourly Colloquy Reclaiming Neglected Fruit Trees The Problem of Heating Nursery Stock Ordering and Handling Reclaiming a Blackberry Patch The Menacing Tent Caterpillar Spring Planting of Nursery Stock "Welcome the Coming, Speed the Parting Guest" Plant Pests and Their Control Grafting Worthless Trees Blast It! Help! Help! Help! Winter on Our Farm
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