Hot Beds

Author: Jack First
ISBN: 9780857841063
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The ancient method of growing vegetables in hot beds, used by the Victorians and by the Romans, harnesses the natural process of decay to cultivate out-of-season crops. Jack First has revived and modernized this remarkable technique, and produces healthy vegetables at least two months earlier than conventionally grown crops. This practical guide includes everything you need to know in order to use this highly productive, low-cost, year-round, eco-friendly gardening system. Straightforward explanations and diagrams show how you too can grow early vegetables without fossil-fuel energy or elaborate equipment.

The Polytunnel Book

Author: Joyce Russell
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 1781011109
Format: PDF, Mobi
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DIV ‘Until now, there has been next to no information available on how to make the best use of a polytunnel. The Joyce and Ben Russel team have filled that gap, showing us in clear, precise detail how to erect and manage polytunnels, and above all, what to grow in them.’ Joy Larkcom The Polytunnel Book is the most comprehensive, practical month-to-month growing guide to polytunnel gardening available. Whether you are a complete beginner, or a more experienced grower, this book has got what you need including information on: Preparing the site How to get the best from each crop Identifying and coping with pests Making a hotbed Composts and organic feeds Month-to-month planting plans for year-round growing But at the heart of this book is Joyce Russell's experienced hand guiding you through each month of the year. It tells what to do and when to do it, in order to grow the best fruit and vegetables all-year-round. 300 colour photographs illustrate the wealth of practical tips and techniques as well as celebrating what can be achieved. 'A polytunnel offers a relatively cheap and simple way to tend crops undercover. And Joyce Russel tells exactly how to do it.’ Kitchen Garden Magazine /div

Growing Food in a Hotter Drier Land

Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603584544
Format: PDF, ePub
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How to harvest water and nutrients, select drought-tolerant plants, and create natural diversity Because climatic uncertainty has now become "the new normal," many farmers, gardeners and orchard-keepers in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt their food production to become more resilient in the face of such "global weirding." This book draws upon the wisdom and technical knowledge from desert farming traditions all around the world to offer time-tried strategies for: Building greater moisture-holding capacity and nutrients in soils Protecting fields from damaging winds, drought, and floods Harvesting water from uplands to use in rain gardens and terraces filled with perennial crops Delecting fruits, nuts, succulents, and herbaceous perennials that are best suited to warmer, drier climates Gary Paul Nabhan is one of the world's experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands. For this book he has visited indigenous and traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America, to learn firsthand their techniques and designs aimed at reducing heat and drought stress on orchards, fields, and dooryard gardens. This practical book also includes colorful "parables from the field" that exemplify how desert farmers think about increasing the carrying capacity and resilience of the lands and waters they steward. It is replete with detailed descriptions and diagrams of how to implement these desert-adapted practices in your own backyard, orchard, or farm. This unique book is useful not only for farmers and permaculturists in the arid reaches of the Southwest or other desert regions. Its techniques and prophetic vision for achieving food security in the face of climate change may well need to be implemented across most of North America over the next half-century, and are already applicable in most of the semiarid West, Great Plains, and the U.S. Southwest and adjacent regions of Mexico.

Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way

Author: Wesley Greene
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1609611624
Format: PDF
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A Colonial Williamsburg garden historian outlines traditional methods for planting and tending 50 different kinds of vegetables, profiling such 18th-century utilities as shelter paper and fermented manure while sharing complementary weather-watching guidelines, organic techniques and seed-saving advice.

Hot Bed Vegetable Gardening

Author: James Paris
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781505514353
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Growing vegetables out of season using Hot Beds is nothing new, in fact it is a gardening technique that goes back many centuries in some cultures. It had a resurgence at the beginning of the 20th century when the French gardeners took hold off and perfected the idea, and as a result exported massive amounts of early fresh vegetables to the UK in particular. With the todays growing interest in all things organic, and the push for fresh vegetables year-round, this Hot Bed gardening technique has again piqued the interest of vegetable growers, healthy eating, and self-sufficiency enthusiasts. By using age-old techniques mingled with modern intensive gardening methods, it is now possible to grow many vegetables all year round - even in the cold northern climates! In this book you will learn.. What Hot Bed gardening is all about. Where did the idea come from and 'The Fall & Rise of Hot Bed Gardening' to the place today where it is once more in demand. How to create your own Hot Bed. These can be created traditionally using manure, or rotting vegetation (organic beds). Alternatively electricity, hot water and hot air. Can all be utilised to facilitate the process and 'force on' your vegetables. Hot to maximise your intensive gardening techniques using Hot Beds in conjunction with Cold-Frames, Raised Beds or even Straw Bales, to get the best production out of your Hot Bed garden. How to plant out your HBG to maximise production throughout the year, and not just in the early colder seasons. Scroll up the page now and click on the 'LOOK INSIDE' for more info

Growing Up the Wall

Author: Sue Fisher
Publisher: Green Books
ISBN: 9780857841094
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Grow up! If you have limited outdoor space and would like to grow your food, this practical illustrated guide will help you transform previously plant-free zones into thriving, beneficial and utterly beautiful food-growing areas. Using special containers, either bought or home-made, as well as conventional methods such as containers on a roof or growing plants up walls, you can grow a wide range of edible crops – and grab a salad for lunch without getting your feet wet. This book includes: • Creating edible roof gardens • Planning and growing crops on green roofs, including on sheds • Using a wide variety of containers, e.g. ladder allotments and growing frames, with details of how to make them • Making the most of wall boxes and hanging baskets • A directory of plants suitable for vertical growing – fruit, flowers and herbs as well as vegetables – with advice on how to cultivate them. Whether you have an apartment with just a wall, windowsill, balcony or small flat roof; a school with nothing but a tarmac playground; or just a paved courtyard in your community centre, this book will get you started on a new way of growing.

Organic Futures

Author: Adrian Myers
Format: PDF, Docs
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Presenting an overwhelming argument for replacing modern farming methods with organic techniques, this book explores the history, politics, and practicalities of organic farming. Adrian Myers shows how the current techniques of agriculture and horticulture based on chemical fertilizers, which inevitably bring about the deterioration of soil life, cannot provide a long-term sustainable future for humankind. Organic Futures shows what we can learn from 4,000 years of sustainable organic agriculture in the Far East and explains how organic farming is different from conventional agriculture. It demonstrates the damaging effects of conventional farming and discusses the importance of maintaining soil fertility. Presenting a vision of an organic future, the book also documents inspiring developments in both the West and the Third World.