Table of contents for Gardening when it counts : growing food in hard times / Steve Solomon.


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Chapter   1: Introduction ........................................... ...................................... 1
T he  com ing  hard  tim es ............................................................................... ..... 3
G etting  land .............................................................  4
Becom  ing  a  vegetableatarian ........................................................................ 9
C hapter  2: Basics .................................................. ......................................... 13
W  hat is  a  vegetable  ..................................................................................... 13
Helping plants grow ..................................... ...... .................. 17
Increasing  soil fertility ............................................................... .............29
Sum  m ary ...................................................... ............................................ 39
Chapter 3: Tools and tasks ............................................................................  41
The basic three and a file................................................. 41
How to start a new garden ............................................. 48
Raised beds and raised rows ......................................... .......56
T he  bow  rake .................................................. ......................................... 62
Restoring a raised bed for planting again..................          ....66
T he  hoe  ........................................................................................................... 69
Miscellaneous tools ................................................................ ..................... 75
Care of tools .......................................................................... 78
Chapter 4: Garden centers .................................................... 81
Transplants: Buyer beware .......................................... .......  83
Growing your own seedlings the easy way ................................................88
The garden center seedrack.................................97
Chapter   5: Seeds ........................................................................105
The mail-order seed business ......     ............................ ... ........ 106
W  ho  to  buy  from  ...................................................................................111
M  aking  seeds com e  up .............................................................................   119
Saving on seed purchases .................................................................... 131
Growing your own .............................................. ........................134
Chapter 6: Watering ... and not ....................................................................145
Four spacing systems ......................................................................... 147
N ot suffering  drought ......................................................................... ....... 152
A gardener's textbook of sprinkler irrigation .................................. 161
Chapter 7: Compost ........................................................................179
Why compost? ........................................................................................ 181
Making low-grade compost...................................................... 194
Medium-quality compost: The once-a-year heap...............................197
H um  anure  ................................................... .......................................... 208
Green manure and cover crops .....................             .......... 209
Chapter 8: Insects and diseases      ............................... ........  217
Avoiding trouble ..................................... ...................217
Insects and  their rem edies .......................................................... ....... ... 224
Diseases and their remedies ..............        .......      ........ 236
Chapter 9: What to grow ... and how to grow it .........................................239
Some general tips .................................................... 239
Crops that are easiest to grow ................................................................243
Crops that are harder to grow .................................... .......287
Difficult vegetables .....................................................  307
Chapter 10: Bibliography .......................................... .........  325
Books ........................................................ .............................................. 325
O nline  resources ....................................................................................... 327



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Vegetable gardening, Vegetable gardening Economic aspects, Vegetables Varieties, Organic gardening, Horticulture potagère Aspect économique, Horticulture potagère, Légumes Variétés, Jardinage biologique