For the Aging, the Busy & the Indolent
Author: Ruth Stout
Publisher: Norton Creek Press
Garden expert and lovable eccentric Ruth Stout once said: “At the age of 87 I grow vegetables for two people the year-round, doing all the work myself and freezing the surplus. I tend several flower beds, write a column every week, answer an awful lot of mail, do the housework and cooking-and never do any of these things after 11 o’clock in the morning!” Her first book about her no-work gardening system, How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, was the kind of book people can’t bear to return. She reports, “A dentist in Pennsylvania and a doctor in Oregon have both written me that they keep a copy of my garden book in their waiting rooms. Or try to; the dentist has had twenty-three copies stolen, the doctor, sixteen.” Gardening Without Work is her second gardening book and is even more entertaining and instructional than the first, so hide it from your friends! How does it work? “And now let’s get down to business. The labor-saving part of my system is that I never plow, spade, sow a cover crop, harrow, hoe, cultivate, weed, water or irrigate, or spray. I use just one fertilizer (cottonseed or soybean meal), and I don’t go through the tortuous business of building a compost pile. Just yesterday, under the ‘Questions and Answers’ in a big reputable farm paper, someone asked how to make a compost pile and the editor explained the arduous performance. After I read this I lay there on the couch and suffered because the victim’s address wasn’t given; there was no way I could reach him. “My way is simply to keep a thick mulch of any vegetable matter that rots on both my vegetable and flower garden all year round. As it decays and enriches the soil, I add more. And I beg everyone to start with a much eight inches deep; otherwise, weeds may come through, and it would be a pity to be discouraged at the very start.” Regardless of topic, Ruth Stout’s writing is always about living a joyous and independent life, and Gardening Without Work is no exception! This book is a treasure for the gardener and a delight even to the non-gardener. First published in 1961, this Norton Creek Press version is an exact reproduction of the original edition, with illustrations by Nan Stone.
A New Method of Mulch Gardening
Author: Ruth Stout
Discusses the fundamentals of gardening, recommends a method of natural mulch gardening, and describes the author's gardening experiences
A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!
Author: Patricia Lanza
Explains how to use a system of layered mulch materials, including newspaper, leaves, and grass clippings, to provide a nutrient-rich base for healthy gardens and robust flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits
Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space
Author: Derek Fell
Shares methods of growing vegetables, flowers, and fruits vertically with tips on choosing a site, composting, and controlling weeds, pests, and disease.
Author: Ruth Stout
Cultivate Your Life Like a Garden Simple-living advocate Ruth Stout, author of Gardening Without Work and How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back, believed that life just doesn't have to be so hard! In If You Would Be Happy, she once again helps you find the sense amid all the nonsense that life offers, and find simplicity amid the rough and tumble of life. She says: "It is happiness, not perfection, we're concerned with here, and they're not necessarily even related." "Our activities are successful insofar as they are giving us real satisfaction." "Any experience, trivial or important, is likely to give us more pleasure if we are interested, unhurried, and are looking for the best the situation has to offer. It also helps if we expect something good, for in that case we don't overlook it if it's there in front of us." "We must forever keep in mind that it is our inside feelings we are aiming to change; we are really going to become a serene and pleasant person, not merely give the appearance of one."
Creating an Edible Ecosystem
Author: Christopher Shein
Publisher: Timber Press
Category: Technology & Engineering
“A masterful distillation of permaculture in a way that is easy to apply to our gardens, farms, and lives today.” —David Cody, founder, Urban Permaculture Institute Once a fringe topic, permaculture is moving to the mainstream as gardeners who are ready to take their organic gardening to the next level are discovering the wisdom of a simple system that emphasizes the idea that by taking care of the earth, the earth takes care of you. The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture teaches gardeners of every skill—with any size space—how to live in harmony with both nature and neighbors to produce and share an abundant food supply with minimal effort. Permaculture teacher Christopher Shein highlights everything you need to know to start living off the land lightly, including how to create rich, healthy, and low-cost soil, blend a functional food garden and decorative landscape, share the bounty with others, and much more.
Growing Vegetables in the West
Author: Jane Shellenberger
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
A comprehensive guide to growing organic produce in the Rocky Mountain and western region. Includes information on soil cultivation (the backbone of organic gardening), selection, mulching harvesting, storing, and other concerns specific to semiarid and high-altitude climates.
Getting the Most Out of Your Garden for the Least Amount of Work
Author: Bob Flowerdew
Provides a wealth of labour-saving tips for every aspect of the garden as well as practical advice on issues such as making mowing easier, choosing plants and detering pests and diseases.
Easy Methods for Every Gardener
Author: Deborah L. Martin,Grace Gershuny
Explains what composting is and how it works, provides instructions for making and using compost, and offers ecologically sound solutions to waste disposal problems
The Complete Guide to Natural Gardening
Author: Steve Solomon
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Previous editions of this bestseller have established it as the definitive food-gardening manual for the Pacific Northwest. Now, this fully revised edition is available for gardeners' food-growing pleasure!Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades is the bible of vegetable gardening for anyone turning soil left of the Cascade Mountain range-from Western British Columbia to Northern California. It includes the basics of soil composition, when to plant, which seed companies to rely on, pest control, and an extensive section on the cultivation of each vegetable. Carrots, peppers, lettuce-you name it, it's in this book.
Author: Barbara Damrosch,Eliot Coleman
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are America’s foremost organic gardeners—and authorities. Barbara is the author of The Garden Primer, and Eliot wrote the bible for organic gardening, The New Organic Grower. Today they are the face of the locavore movement, working through their extraordinary Four Season Farm in Maine. And now they’ve written the book on how to grow what you eat, and cook what you grow. The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook is two books in one. It’s a complete four-season cookbook with 120 recipes from Barbara, a master cook as well as master gardener, who shows how to maximize the fruits—and vegetables—of your labors, from Stuffed Squash Blossom Fritters to Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables to Hazelnut Torte with Summer Berries. And it’s a step-by-step garden guide that works no matter how big or small your plot, with easy-to-follow instructions and plans for different gardens. It covers size of the garden, nourishing the soil, planning ahead, and the importance of rotating crops—yes, even in your backyard. And, at the core, individual instructions on the crops, from the hardy and healthful cabbage family to fourteen essential culinary herbs. Eating doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard.
Author: Lee Reich
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Presents an innovative, organic approach to weed-free vegetable and flower gardening that is designed to protect the soil, enhance plant health, reduce the need for watering, and cuts down on labor. Original.