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How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine

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A classic in the field of sustainable gardening, HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES shows how to produce a beautiful organic garden with minimal watering and care, whether it's just a few tomatoes in a tiny backyard or enough food to feed a family of four on less than half an acre. Updated with the latest biointensive tips and techniques, this is an essential reference for garden ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Ten Speed Press (first published 1979)
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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, no ...more
Nico
Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: peeps who are serious about sustainably growing their own food
Shelves: reference-books
Mr. Jeavons knows what the hell is up.
Wayne
Dec 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite everything Steve Solomon said in Gardening when it counts (and what I said in my review of it), this is a great book. It explains to the beginner from start to finish how to make a great organic garden. Even if you already know everything about plant and ecology, you'll still want this book simply for the charts that have been compiled by Ecology Action. They tell you not just how far apart to plant your seeds or transplants (using the biointensive method), they give estimated yields yea ...more
C.E. Murphy
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even a gardener (though I have ambitions), and this book was really just completely fascinating to read. I have no idea if everybody would find it so interesting, but wow, I'd think if you have any impulse toward gardening at all, you want to read this one.
Shaun Keesee
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you are interested in an intro to some sort of organic gardening! This one got me started, and I still refer to it very regularly. It is very labor intensive, but also doesn't require any mechanization of any sort. He even provides very detailed plans for starting out. The claims on amount of labor are exaggerated, but the other claims such as 66% reduction in watering and 2-4 times yields per unit of area I have found to be very true. He doesn't address the weed management problem ...more
Stephen  Moore
Really good advice in places but restrictive in other places.. as if they haven't taken any other well known market garden growing systems into account. Will reference the master charts at a later date but will definitely not be double digging! No-dig only systems for me
Maureen
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I am a big, big fan of this book. In my varied career as a gardener, I have tilled soil everywhere from rooftop boxes in Canada, to an herb garden at a historic house in Georgia, to a market garden in West Virginia. I have found this book to be absolutely indispensible. It describes growing using the bio-intensive method, first championed by British gardening genius Alan Chadwick, and further developed in California by John Jeavons and the folks at Ecology Action.

One distinguishing aspect of b
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Karen P
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my search for really basic primers on gardening, I came across this very foundational book that really puts good soil at the heart of good gardening. I appreciated that certain aspects (like double-digging) were explained so thoroughly, with detailed illustrations and charts. There were however many other things that could have been explained more completely. For instance the author explains the whys of crop rotation in the garden, and offers a couple basic rules for rotating the crops: 1) do ...more
Rosemary
This book explains the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method, which in my opinion is not as good as the permaculture method, but a reasonable second best. There is some attempt at working with nature and the methods are sustainable and organic, but there is much more labour required than for permaculture.

Extensive digging is required, and seedlings are to be grown in a flat bed, transplanted to a second flat bed and finally planted out in accordance with precise measurements. On the other hand, permaculture
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Claire
I am an evangelist for this book! Anyone, really anyone, can garden.
(When my dad was a quadriplegic, I remember becoming acquainted with a horticultural therapist- hired by the city of all things- can you imagine that happening is the current political climate?)
Anyway.
John's project started soooo looong ago still rocks!

Read this book! Start small, keep it up.
I heard a report (and admittedly have not verified) that the United States is now importing food to have adequate supply for our populat
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