Food, we can't live without it, yet its costs are rising and consuming more of the family budget. In addition, health concerns about the use of pesticides, gmo foods, and potential soil mineral depletion in the food supply inspire more people to want to grow their own vegetables. Many of these live in cities with only small yard spaces.áThis book presents new methods devised and tested by the author to maximize food production from a small yard. áBy tightly spacing plants in deep, fertile soil, training plants vertically, and harvesting year round -- with the help of the inexpensive, portable greenhouse one can build from this book -- a great proportion of a family's vegetable needs can be grown at home - even in the space it takes to park a car.The author devised and tested a great growing system. Even if people have more space, it doesn't make sense to use more space. Gardeners won't necessarily produce more vegetables, but more space does mean more area to cultivate, weed and water; less space for other backyard uses. Soil fertility is more important than additional space. The system of composting we use requires an EM medium (mostly wheat bran inoculated with beneficial micro-organisms) and two buckets, one for collecting kitchen waste and one for further fermentation. The microorganisms not only feed the plants, they also clean up the soil.
Cover Contents Preface 1. Denser The Center Square Plan Benefits of the Center Square Garden Siting How to Build a Border Framing Around the Center Square Which Vegetables to Choose Companion Planting Planting Guide Plant Spacing Harvesting 2. Deeper The Fertile Soil Base for Intensive Planting Digging Deeply and Doing It Once Removing Sod Shoveling Removing Rocks Enriching the Soil Composting with Effective Microorganisms Bokashi Composting Medium How to Make Bokashi How to Tap a Plastic Bucket with a Spigot Burying the Bokashi Compost Compost Tea 3. Higher Site Concerns Building with PVC Pipes Tomato Supports Cucumber Trellis Dual Season Grow Tower 4. Longer Warming Up Spring Chills Mini Chinampas with Recycled Bottles Overwintering with Water Warming Cooling During the High Heat Weeks Planting The Fall Crop Winter When to Erect the Greenhouse How To Build The Greenhouse Covering the Greenhouse with Plastic Sheeting Greenhouse Variations Starting Seeds in the Greenhouse Summer and the the Greenhouse Moving the Greenhouse Managing a Longer Growing Season 5. Seed Saving Growing Open Pollinated Seed Varieties Plants with Seeds We Eat Lettuces and Other Leafy Green Crops Plants with Flowers We Eat Root Vegetables Fruits Seed Storage Life 6. Some Common Garden Concerns Effective Microorganisms as Insect Deterrent Compost Tea Repellent Discouraging Snails and Slugs The Hardware Cloth Seedling Cage Water Rain Barrels Structuring Water Buryied Watering Vessels 7. Making Food Last Canning Freezing Dehydrating Shelf Life of Home Dried Foods How to Make a Simple Solar Food Dryer.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Print version: Park, Margaret More Food From Small Spaces