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More Food From Small Spaces : Growing Denser, Deeper, Higher, Longer Vegetable Gardens.

Author/Creator:
Park, Margaret.
Publication:
Alexander : Great River Books, 2013.
Format/Description:
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1 online resource (143 pages)
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Subjects:
Vegetable gardening.
Small gardens.
Square foot gardening.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
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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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Park, Margaret More Food From Small Spaces
ISBN:
9780915556458
9780915556427
OCLC:
836404894