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Small Plot Gardening

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Are you tired of throwing away time, energy, and money on a perfectly manicured, water-guzzling, weed-producing lawn? Are you longing to feed your family in more healthful and eco-friendly ways but shocked by organic produce prices at the grocery store? Do you fantasize about growing your own food but hesitate to take on more than you can manage?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to get down and dirty—and take the plunge that will please your taste buds and your pocket-book! In Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening, Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan will help you turn your sprawling suburban acreage or postage stamp–sized plot into a low-impact, all-organic, totally sustainable produce garden.

 You’ll learn about the most effective natural fertilizers, drought-resistant cultivation methods, pest-repellent companion plantings, trends in heirloom herb and vegetable varieties, and raised-bed techniques for achieving maximum productivity in a limited space. You can even add a cutting garden so you’ll always have fresh flowers on a kitchen table that’s groaning under the weight of incomparably fresh vegetables seasoned with a variety of home-grown herbs.
 
Whether you’re filling a 10’ x 10’ sandbox or digging up your 3,000-square-foot tennis court, any yard has the potential to produce a multi-crop bonanza. And anyone with a little soil and a lot of heart can do it!

Table Of Contents

I. Gardening at a Glance
You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Grow Good Peppers  [1]
Why Bother?  [3]
Productivity Is Growing $7,486 Worth of Fresh, Organic Produce  [9]
Rabbits and Raised Beds   [13]
More on Garden Architecture  [18]
Grow into Gardening  [21]
Breaking Even in the First Year  [23]
How to Read Seed Catalogs  [30]
Other Sources of Gardening Savvy  [40]
Ask Uncle Sam  [48]
 
II. How Vegetables Grow
Big Is Not Bountiful  [57]
Chaos in the Vegetable Kingdom?  [60]
Practical Vegetable Groupings  [66]
“Build Soil”  [71]
The ABCs of N, P, and K  [77]
Feeding Your Garden for 12¢ a Day  [82]
Triggering the Nutrients in Soil  [84]
Production-Plus Planting Procedures  [85]
Water  [91]
Much Ado about Mulch  [96]
Weather  [98]
Bugs & Co.  [102]
Herbs for the Kitchen, Flowers for the Table  [108]
 
III. Maximum-Production Techniques
Plant Your Personality  [119]
Shopping for Seeds and Seedlings  [121]
Gardening in Small Spaces  [125]
Maximum-Production Techniques for Over Fifty Popular Vegetables  [130]
 
IV. For Next Year . . .
Make Compost as You Make Good Lasagna  [189]
Garden Plants That Keep On Giving  [193]
Uses of a Cold Frame  [195]
Starting from Seed  [199]
“Did I Plant That?”  [212]

Appendix  [214]
 
Garden Plans  [221]
32-Square-Foot Elevated Herb Garden [223]   3,000-Square-Foot Garden [224]  
1,500-Square-Foot Garden [226]   750-Square-Foot Garden [228]  
280-Square-Foot Cutting Garden [229]   400-Square-Foot Salad Garden [230]  
400-Square-Foot Soup Garden [231]   400-Square-Foot Winter Garden [232]  
100-Square-Foot Sandbox Garden [233]   400-Square-Foot Raised-Bed Garden—Horizontal View [234]   400-Square-Foot Raised-Bed Garden—Overhead View [235]   Cold Frame [236]  
Supply Garden [238]


Index  [239]


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