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Preview — How to Grow More Vegetables (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons
How to Grow More Vegetables (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine
Long before it was a trend, How to Grow More Vegetables brought backyard ecosystems to life for the home gardener by demonstrating sustainable growing methods for spectacular ...more
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1) You are planning a trip to Mars and need a self-contained food-producing system.
2) You are prepping for the zombie apocalypse and need to grow every scrap of your own food and compost to maintain soil fertility.
3) You are a nerd who had read too many gardening books that reference Grow Biointensive, and want to know what it actually is (that's me!)
This book isn't for you if:
1) You want to grow more vegetables. Most of the book is about growing grain -- both for eating ...more
The original release was in the '70s. I attribute most of what I find overwhelming about this book to the fact that books of that era fulfilled a different purpose than books do today. In fact, "How to Grow More Vegetables" reminds me a bit of of the "Whole Earth Catalogue" and Ann Wigmore's "Recipes for Longer Life."
Anyways. If you're looking for a direct step-by-step, this is not it. ...more
One distinguishing aspect of b ...more
There are about three useful chapters in this book: one about compost, one about preparing raised beds, and one about companion planting (and that one is a little weak). The rest of this book is a repetitive advertisement for the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method, which we all need to adopt because the world will be unable to feed itself using traditional methods by 2020. (Naturally, I'm frantic. It's 2019 and I don't ev ...more
Author: John Jeavons
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Genre: Home & Gardening
Sub-Genre: Garden Beds
Reviewed For: Net Galley & the Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars
Small or big. How to make the most of the space you have. Choosing between rows and raised beds. How to prepare the soil and maintain it Whether you are a novice or expert gar ...more
The title of this one is a bit misleading. While ONE of the end-goals of the information presented in this book is to help gardeners and small-scale farmers grow more vegetables in a small space with less water, it's certainly not presented as the main one. The main one would be: building soil health in a natural and sustainable way, to lengthen the longevity of our soils, reduce the nee ...more
There's plenty of information on growing rich soil, crop rotations, companion planting and many other techniques that have stood the test of decades in the field. Instructions are clear and there's very little room for error, but plenty of room for customization.
Beginner's might seem overwhelmed by the amount of information, but it's possible to implement as much as you feel comfortable at the time ...more
This book, How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land with Less Water Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons, was so filled with propaganda that it was hard to read. I sadly read about 10% and most of it was about GROW BIOINTENSIVE. I didn't get to the growing or awesomeness that the book description promised, so I cannot say definitivel ...more
If you're interested in these elements I highly recommend the book. It is very readable with excellent graphs and insight from years of honing intensive, organic gardeni ...more
I found the sections on the science of compost to be one of the best explanations I’ve seen.