Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Gardening When It Counts

Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times is an interesting book that runs contrary to many of the gardening and composting books on the market. Steve Solomon's background puts him in the interesting position of understanding both sides of many of the gardening world, not just through research but actually doing it. The subtitle of the book is, "Growing Food in Hard Times" and in my opinion is a little misleading because many of the people that have seen the book on my car dash while reading have asked if it was one of those survivalist and coming Armageddon books which it is not. Mr. Solomon does a great job of helping the amateur gardening understand some way not to garden like:
Why you shouldn't buy seeds in a garden center (Home Depot/Lowes anyone)
Why the popular Square Foot Gardening may not be best
Using dull tools
Using wood in your compost
...and the list goes on.

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Basics
Chapter 3 - Tools and Tasks
Chapter 4 - Garden Centers
Chapter 5 - Seeds
Chapter 6 - Watering ... and Not
Chapter 7 - Compost
Chapter 8 - Insects and Diseases
Chapter 9 - What to Grow ... and How to Grow It
Chapter 10 - Bibliography

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