The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields

From the author of our best-selling and widely beloved HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES comes this "quick and dirty" introduction to biointensive gardening that shows it is not only possible but easy to grow astonishing crops of healthful organic vegetables and fruits, while conserving resources and actually helping the soil. A revolutionary approach to feeding ourselves and nurturing the land, this book includes:
- Step-by-step illustrations and instructions that make these techniques simple for

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    4 Responses to “The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields”

    • Sandy Gardener "Sandy" says:
      164 of 173 people found the following review helpful:
      2.0 out of 5 stars
      An Engineer Plants Onions, August 14, 2001
      By A Customer
      This review is from: The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields (Paperback)

      This is neither a book for beginners nor a book for experienced gardeners. There are some valuable concepts, quickly presented, but the book fails to connect with real life.

      A four sentence quotation will speak for itself. These are “growing instructions” for green onions on page 62: “Use .39 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/4 teaspoon)of seed per 100 square feet (col. BB) or .0078 ounce (1/8 teaspoon)for 2 square feet (.39 ounce x 2 sq ft [divided by] 100=.0078 ounce. On 3 inch centers (col. CC), a 100-square-foot area will hold a maximum of 50 plants (2,507 plants x 2 sq ft [divided by] 100 sq ft=50.14 plants). To ensure 50 green onion seedlings to transplant, you will need to sow 72 green onion seeds (50 [divided by] .70 germination rate [col.AA]=71.43). The 72 seeds broadcast (col. FF) in a flat will take up approximately 1/10 of a flat 6 to 8 weeks (col. HH) before the scheduled planting date.”

      The same sort of homey advice is offered for corn, beans, etc.

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    • R. Griffiths "bookchoice" says:
      75 of 80 people found the following review helpful:
      1.0 out of 5 stars
      Beginners Beware, July 31, 2004
      This review is from: The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields (Paperback)

      At best, this is a book an experienced gardener might pick up at the library to glean a few useful ideas about biointensive gardening (I found nothing that isn’t presented better elsewhere). At worst, unsuspecting beginners will think this book is the authoritative source it claims to be, try to implement it’s convoluted techniques, and fail miserably.
      All gardening books convey a certain sensibility about gardening that sets the perspective for the endeavor. Sustainable Vegetable is weird mix of new age idealism and rocket science. Trust me, gardening is not as complicated as this book makes it sound!
      The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Ed Smith is THE definitive title on the subject.Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew is good for small gardens. Four Season Harvest by Elliott Coleman is excellent for winter gardening. Tanya Denckla’s Gardener’s A-Z Guides are excellent.

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    • Kim Mullen says:
      13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      At last, December 30, 2010
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      This review is from: The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season (Spiral-bound)

      At last a book which will help me remember what to plant when. Every year I forget something until it’s too late to plant it. This handy guide will help keep me on track. It will be especially useful for planting for fall crops. Lots of helpful information stuck in here and there for beginners and experienced gardeners. The format allows anyone to use this book in any zone and I like the space for entering my own notes for the next 4 years. I’m sure I will be referring to it often.

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    • JOAN M DAVIS says:
      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      Informative…., January 23, 2011
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      This review is from: The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season (Spiral-bound)

      A very affordable book for gardeners. I like the week by week format. I always start too late trying to grow seedlings missing out on some early crops. I made a bookmark with my area’s frost dates and weekly dates corresponding to the book. I feel organized for the first time since I started veggie gardening. The book has reminders for maintenance such as when to start looking for certain insects and diseases like blight. It has timely information in each section!

      I bought extras for my dad and friends.

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