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The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Gene Logsdon breaks down the garden walls and celebrates the side of gardening that isn't a finicky, style-obsessed, and expensive hobby but rather a hilarious, sensual, and endlessly satisfying way of life. The borders of the contrary garden are limited only by the imagination. Why should "crops" be merely common vegetables? Why not wheat? Why not the pigeons on the rafte ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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John
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've read and enjoyed a number of Gene Logsdon's books, from his general book on homesteading, The Contrary Farmer to his more specific books, All Flesh is Grass (on raising pastured livestock) and Small-Scale Grain Raising, and also follow his entries on the Organic To Be blog, so I came into The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening with fairly high expectations. This book was, well, it was contrary, which I suppose is only to be expected!

I suppose when it comes down to it, the book is wel
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David Ward
May 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening by Gene Logsdon (Chelsea Green Publishing 1997) (635). The self-proclaimed curmudgeon takes up the concept of sustainability and the size of one's carbon footprint. My rating: 7/10, finished 2006.
Jen
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very fun read. He says it like it is, some politics in there, but mostly good information for growing and using veggie/grains. Lots of good tips about what he has ACTUALLY done (not just book knowledge). Why you really need to grow your own food.
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