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Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85% of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre — and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require.
Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufﬁciency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high.
Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.
Rapidly increasing in popularity, square foot gardening is the most practical, foolproof way to grow a home garden. Author and gardening innovator Mel Bartholomew has sold more than two million books describing how to become a successful DIY square foot gardener.
Now, with the All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition, the essential guide to his unique step-by-step method has become even better. Mel developed his techniques in the early 1980s and has been teaching them throughout the world ever since. In this volume, Bartholomew discusses one of the most popular gardening trends today: vertical gardening.
Finally, an expanded section on pest control helps you protect your precious produce. Rich with full-color images and updated tips for selecting materials, this beautiful new edition is perfect for brand-new gardeners as well as the millions of square foot gardeners who are already dedicated to Mel's industry-changing insights.