How To Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition

How To Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition

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Decades before the terms eco-friendly and sustainable growing entered the vernacular, How to Grow More Vegetables demonstrated 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 Vegetables is your indispensable sustainable garden guide."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 216 x 275 x 20mm | 594g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 8th Revised edition
  • One-Colour Illustrations
  • 160774189X
  • 9781607741893
  • 28,445

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 / Fertilization 63
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
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
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John s methods are nothing short of miraculous. Alice Waters, author, Slow Food crusader, and founder of Chez Panisse restaurant Possibly the most detailed explanation of the Biointensive gardening method available. New York Times There are two kinds of vegetable gardeners--those who garden in beds of some kind and for whom this is the ultimate foundation book, a must-read, and an essential reference. Then there are those who don't garden in beds, for whom it s still a must-read and an essential reference. The full title"--How to Grow More Vegetables (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine"--actually understates the contents. The book is about how to grow pretty nearly all your food and your garden s fertilizer on a modest amount of land. Carol Deppe, author of"The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times""
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About John Jeavons

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
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