|Serious food growing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Gordon (gordonseiac.net)|
|Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 13:49:15 -0500|
One resource that people who are doing the serious food growing might want to consider is a book called One Circle: How to grow a Complete Diet in Less Than 1000 Square Feet by David Duhon & Cindy Gebhard. They looked at what foods would provide a lot of food for the amount of land used and also looked at foods that were efficient for particular nutrients. Then maximizing both of these at once they worked to design gardens that could produce all the food/nutients that a person needed in a day. They use biointensive growing techniques. I think one of the best books for this is How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, by John Jeavons. It's important to get the 5th addition which has a substantial amount of new info. The book explains how to prepare the land for maximum health and production. Although this could be a healthy singular experience, I think a community might be a fun place to try out communial digging parties in the style of barn raisings. The Jeavons book also has very useful data on what you can expect from a properly prepared growing bed when beginning and what you can expect at more experienced and maximal levels of soil health and experienced growing. For example in a 100 square foot bed of tomatoes grown biotensively a beginner could get 100 pounds, at the good level 194 pounds and at the excellent level 418 pounds. Snap beans are 30-72-108. I have gotten up to good results with these techniques as I have never yet been able to live in a place long enough to get the soil to the excellent level. But for example, I've had a tomato plant give over 600 tomatoes, (450 good, rest cracked by large amounts of rain), 15-22 pound chinese cabages, 3 inch wide juicy tender carrots. The Jeavons book is often findable in book stores, but I've never seen One Circle in one. I got mine from Bountiful Gardens, 18001 Shafer Ranch Road, Willits, CA 95490. In addition to both of these books they also have booklets which combine these two techniques as a mini-farm and designs done by/for gardeners in Mexico and Kenya. So you can get ideas about different growing conditions and cultural food preferences. They also have other useful items like Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe so you can learn to develop and save seeds that are good for your own area. A good resource for exchanging seed and finding seed that has been bred to do well in your area is Seed Savers Exchange 3076 North Winn Road Decorah, Iowa 52101 The SSE is devoted to keeping heirloom open polinated varieties alive. Though other vegetables are exchanged and there is also a related flower/herb exchange. I have seen info on similar exchange groups for fruit trees and nut trees, but don't have that info. Other helpful books are Square foot Gardening, Mel Bartholomew Organic Gardening Magazine Jeff Ball's 60 Minute Garden Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally by Robert Kourik There is also another good edible landscaping book by a woman who turned her conventional suburban front yard into a garden. Bill Mollison's permaculture books are quite helpful, too. I've recently heard that there are now some good US permaculture publications, but haven't been able to find any yet to see what they are like. As you can mostly likely guess, I'm highly in favor of intensely edible landscapes... Sharon gordonse [at] iac.net
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