The Intelligent Gardener

The Intelligent Gardener

Presents advice on how to improve growing soil, discussing some of the current misconceptions about soil and providing the best methods for adding enhancements that will produce nutrient-dense foods.

Author: Steve Solomon

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9780865717183

Category: Gardening

Page: 336

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Presents advice on how to improve growing soil, discussing some of the current misconceptions about soil and providing the best methods for adding enhancements that will produce nutrient-dense foods.
Categories: Gardening

The Intelligent Gardener

The Intelligent Gardener

Growing Nutrient-Dense Food Steve Solomon, Erica Reinheimer. diabetes, circulatory disorders, cancer, etc. Dr. G.T. Wrench, author of The Wheel of Health, had a term for how the mother's state of nutritional health influences the child.

Author: Steve Solomon

Publisher: New Society Publisher

ISBN: 9781550925135

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 292

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“It is bold, it is courageous, and it challenges many of our preconceptions about food, about soils, about farming, and about health.” —Michael Ableman, farmer, author of Farm the City To grow produce of the highest nutritional quality, the essential minerals lacking in our soil from intensive agriculture must be replaced. The Intelligent Gardener is the practical, step-by-step guide for any serious gardener who wants to: · Demystify this process · Debunk much of the false and misleading information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements · Re-mineralize our soil. Accompanied with customizable web-based spreadsheets, this toolkit calls for far more attention to detail than the simple addition of composted manure or NPK fertilizers. It conclusively establishes the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people. Vegetables, fruits, and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but centuries of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historic lows. As a result, the broccoli you consume today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals that the equivalent serving would have contained a hundred years ago. This is a matter of serious concern, since poor nutrition has been linked to myriad health problems including cancer, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. For optimum health we must increase the nutrient density of our foods to the levels enjoyed by previous generations. The Intelligent Gardener goes beyond organic—it offers the essential tools for those who care about the quality of the produce they grow. “It’s hard to imagine this book not having a significant and lasting impact on the way organic farmers and gardeners grow their crops.” —Mark McDonald, West Coast Seeds
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Grow More Food

Grow More Food

A Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Getting the Biggest Harvest Possible from a Space of Any Size Colin McCrate, Brad Halm. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing ... The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food. Steve Soloman.

Author: Colin McCrate

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781635864106

Category: Gardening

Page: 304

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Just how productive can one small vegetable garden be? More productive than one might think! Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, former CSA growers and current owners of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, help readers boost their garden productivity by teaching them how to plan carefully, maximize production in every bed, get the most out of every plant, scale up systems to maximize efficiency, and expand the harvest season with succession planting, intercropping, and season extension. Along with chapters devoted to the Five Tenets of a Productive Gardener (Plan Well to Get the Most from Your Garden; Maximize Production in Each Bed; Get the Most out of Every Plant; Scale up Tools and Systems for Efficiency; and Expand and Extend the Harvest), the book contains interactive tools that home gardeners can use to assist them in determining how, when, and what to plant; evaluating crop health; and planning and storing the harvest. For today’s vegetable gardeners who want to grow as much of their own food as possible, this guide offers expert advice and strategies for cultivating a garden that supplies what they need. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
Categories: Gardening

The Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening

The Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening

How to Grow an Abundance of Herbs, Vegetables and Fruit in Small Spaces Mark Ridsdill Smith ... Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web. ... The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food.

Author: Mark Ridsdill Smith

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781645020806

Category: Gardening

Page: 320

View: 268

From the creator of the wildly popular website “Vertical Veg” and with over 200k people in his online community of growers, comes the complete guide to growing delicious fruit, vegetables, herbs, and salad in containers, pots, and more—in any space, from window boxes to garden yards, no matter how small! "[A] thorough and enthusiastic guide to vegetable gardening . . . both handy and hefty...Aspiring urban gardeners will want to give this a look."—Publishers Weekly If you long to grow your own tomatoes, zucchini, or strawberries, but thought you didn’t have enough space, Mark Ridsdill Smith, aka the “Vertical Veg Man,” will show you how to make the most of walls, balconies, patios, arches, and windowsills. Ridsdill Smith has spent over ten years teaching people to grow bountiful, edible crops in all kinds of containers in small spaces. Inside The Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening, you’ll find: Mark’s “Eight Steps to Success” How to make the most of your space How to draw up a planning calendar so you can grow throughout the year Planting projects for beginners Compost recipes and wormery guide for the more experienced gardener Troubleshoots for specific challenges of growing in small spaces How growing food at home can contribute to wellbeing and the local community With quick, proven results from his own tests, failures, and successes, Mark will show you how gardening in containers is not just a hobby, but a way of creating a significant amount of delicious, low-cost, high nutrition food. Don’t be confined by the space you have—grow all the food you want with Mark’s Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening.
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Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades 35th Anniversary Edition

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades  35th Anniversary Edition

Oilseed meals are potent, slow-release organic nitrogen fertilizers that come with a phosphate bonus. ... My other book, The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food, will teach you how to analyze a soil test and from that ...

Author: Steve Solomon

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 9781570619731

Category: Gardening

Page: 368

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Completely revised from cover to cover, this is the 35th anniversary release of Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, the bible to organic vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Now in its seventh edition, the book has been thoroughly updated and includes a new formula for complete organic fertilizer and how to tweak it for a variety of different soil conditions, how-to sections for herbs and ornamental plants, new organization for better usability, updated sources for appropriate seed suppliers, and information about natural pest controls. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Nourishing Homestead

The Nourishing Homestead

We love Thayer's guidebooks; he only writes about real, wild edible foods that he makes use of personally. ... The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food by Steve Solomon with Erica Reinheimer is an extremely accessible guide ...

Author: Ben Hewitt

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603585521

Category: House & Home

Page: 354

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A practiculture way to grow nutrient-dense food, produce healthy fats, and live the good life The Nourishing Homestead tells the story of how we can create truly satisfying, permanent, nourished relationships to the land, nature, and one another. The Hewitts offer practical ways to grow nutrient-dense food on a small plot of land, and think about your farm, homestead, or home as an ecosystem. Much of what the Hewitts have come to understand and embrace about their lives of deep nourishment is informed by their particular piece of land and local community in northern Vermont, but what they have gleaned is readily transferable to any place—whether you live on 4 acres, 40 acres, or in a 400-square-foot studio apartment. Ben and Penny (and their two sons) maintain copious gardens, dozens of fruit and nut trees and other perennial plantings, as well as a pick-your-own blueberry patch. In addition to these cultivated food crops, they also forage for wild edibles, process their own meat, make their own butter, and ferment, dry, and can their own vegetables. Their focus is to produce nutrient-dense foods from vibrant, mineralized soils for themselves and their immediate community. They are also committed to sharing the traditional skills that support their family, helping them be self-sufficient and thrive in these uncertain times. Much of what the Hewitts are attempting on their homestead is to close the gaps that economic separation has created in our health, spirit, and skills. Ben uses the term “practiculture” to describe his family’s work with the land—a term that encompasses the many practical life skills and philosophies they embody to create a thriving homestead, including raw-milk production, soil remediation, wildcrafting, Weston A. Price principles, bionutrient-dense farming, permaculture, agroforestry, traditional Vermont hill farming, and more. The Nourishing Homestead also includes information on deep nutrition, the importance of good fats, and integrating children into the work of a homestead. The Hewitts’ story is reminiscent of The Good Life, by Helen and Scott Nearing, and is sure to inspire a new generation of homesteaders, or anyone seeking a simpler way of life and a deeper connection to the world.
Categories: House & Home

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades Updated 6th Edition

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades  Updated 6th Edition

This is explained in my book The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food. The finer limestone is ground, the more it costs.You'll find three grind sizes commonly on offer: #10 (coarse), #65 (medium),and #100(fine).

Author: Steve Solomon

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 9781570618987

Category: Gardening

Page: 384

View: 969

Now in a special updated 6th edition with a new formula for complete organic fertilizer, this complete guide to organic vegetable gardening addresses issues of soil, seeds, compost, and watering. Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades evolved from a self-published pamphlet to the master guide to organic vegetable gardening over the past 35 years. Steve Solomon, who founded the Territorial Seed Company, was one of the early proponents of organic gardening, and the first to codify and refine the best practices of small-plot vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. The approaches to understanding and preparing soils, composting, chemical-free fertilizers, efficient uses of water, and garden planning are universal to any climate or region. Solomon gets specific in his extensive advice on growing specific crops--from tomatoes and beans to kale and turnips--in the gentle maritime Northwest climate. He lays out the principles, but advocates that readers think for themselves and grow their gardens as they see fit.
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The Regenerative Grower s Guide to Garden Amendments

The Regenerative Grower s Guide to Garden Amendments

The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food. British Columbia: New Society, 2013. Thun, Matthias, and Christina Schmidt Rüdt, eds. The North American Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar 2014. Edinburgh: Floris Books, 2014.

Author: Nigel Palmer

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603589895

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

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Revitalize your garden—and go beyond compost—by making your own biologically diverse inoculants and mineral-rich amendments using leaf mold, weeds, eggshells, bones, and other materials available for little or no cost! In The Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments, experimental gardener and author Nigel Palmer provides practical, detailed instructions that are accessible to every grower who wants to achieve a truly sustainable garden ecosystem—all while enjoying better results at a fraction of the cost of commercial fertilizer products. These recipes go beyond fertilizer replacement, resulting in greater soil biological activity and mineral availability. They also increase pest and disease resistance, yields, and nutrient density. Recipes include: Extracting nutrients from plant residues using simple rainwater techniques Extracting minerals from bones and shells using vinegar Fermenting plant juices and fish Culturing indigenous microorganisms (IMO) Inspired by the work of many innovative traditional agricultural pioneers, especially Cho Ju-Young (founder of the Korean Natural Farming method), The Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments also includes a primer on plant-soil interaction, instructions for conducting a soil test, and guidance on compost, cover cropping, mulching, measuring the quality of fruits and vegetables using a refractometer, and other aspects of sustainable gardening—making it a must-have resource for any serious grower.
Categories: Gardening

Heal Local

Heal Local

Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs: Cultivation, Conservation and Ecology. ... Back to Butter: A Traditional Foods Cookbook — Nourishing Recipes Inspired by Our Ancesters. ... The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food.

Author: Dawn Combs

Publisher: New Society Publisher

ISBN: 9781550925890

Category: Gardening

Page: 331

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The author of Sweet Remedies offers a straightforward, empowering guide to homegrown herbal remedies for illness injuries, and preventative health. Most of us understand the value of eating and buying local. Taking back our food, goods, and services from multinational corporations and sourcing them from small growers, producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs benefits our families, our environment, and our communities. Heal Local argues that “100-mile healthcare” can be equally valuable in terms of how we treat illness and injury and maintain wellness. This innovative guide demonstrates that by harnessing multifaceted whole plants, we can rely on homegrown or regionally produced herbs rather than importing exotics and non-natives. Based on the small apothecary model, author Dawn Combs explains how to: · Maximize the benefits of homegrown first aid, from increased freshness, potency, and effectiveness to community resilience and local economic growth · Make home herbal healthcare less intimidating and more attainable, by focusing on twenty herbs to effectively treat most common injuries and ailments · Implement a local medicine culture safely and sustainably, while protecting and respecting wild plant populations Many herbals overwhelm their readers, presenting a list of hundreds of herbs, each with a different purpose. Heal Local empowers readers by showing that you don’t need to know everything about every herb on the planet to create a complete home apothecary. Anyone can be self-sufficient with their wellness, regardless of their previous knowledge, experience, or available space. Mother Earth News Books for Wiser Living Recommendation “An excellent reflection on integrating the western medicine model and local medicine communities.” —Cheri Dinsmore, RN, BSN, president, Harmony Farm
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Carving Out a Living on the Land

Carving Out a Living on the Land

The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food, by Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer (New Society Publishers, 2012). A game-changing book for me, forever altering how I understand soil and plant and human health. A must read.

Author: Emmet Van Driesche

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 9781603588270

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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When he first envisioned becoming a farmer, author Emmet Van Driesche never imagined his main crop would be Christmas trees, nor that such a tree farm could be more of a managed forest than the conventional grid of perfectly sheared trees. Carving Out a Living on the Land tells the story of how Van Driesche navigated changing life circumstances, took advantage of unexpected opportunities, and leveraged new and old skills to piece together an economically viable living, while at the same time respecting the land’s complex ecological relationships. From spoon carving to scything, coppicing to wreath-making, Carving Out a Living on the Land proves that you don’t need acres of expensive bottomland to start your land-based venture, but rather the creativity and vision to see what might be done with that rocky section or ditch or patch of trees too small to log. You can lease instead of buy; build flexible, temporary structures rather than sink money into permanent ones; and take over an existing operation rather than start from scratch. What matters are your unique circumstances, talents, and interests, which when combined with what the land is capable of producing, can create a fulfilling and meaningful farming life.
Categories: Technology & Engineering