High-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More Of What You...
|Author||Mccrate & Halm|
You won’t believe your eyes when you see the size of your harvest! In High-Yield Vegetable Gardening, authors Colin McCrate and Brad Halm show how you can make your food garden much more productive, no matter how big or small it is. You’ll learn their secrets for preparing the soil, selecting and rotating your crops, and mapping out a specific customized plan to make the most of your space and your growing season. Packed with the charts, tables, schedules, and worksheets you need — as well as record-keeping pages so you can repeat your successes next year — this book is an essential tool for the serious gardener.
Home gardeners can now learn how to maximize food production from any size vegetable garden using these high-yield techniques.
Table of Contents
Introduction Becoming a High-Yield Vegetable Gardener The Basic Tenets of High-Yield Gardening Think like a Farmer How to Use This BookPart 1: Planning and Planting What You NeedChapter 1: Making a Site Plan Mapping Your Property Siting Garden Space Putting It on PaperChapter 2: Crop Selecting, Scheduling, and Recordkeeping Consider Crop Life Span When Planning Planning for Storage Consider Local Conditions Strategies for Planting Creating Your Planting Plan and Calendar Making Your Own Planting Calendar What You’ll Write on the CalendarChapter 3: Garden Mapping and Crop Rotation Mapping the Crops in Your Garden Rotate Crops from Year to Year Filling In Your Garden Map Keeping Additional RecordsChapter 4: Selecting Seeds Sourcing Seeds Preparing Your Seed Order Selecting Your Varieties How Much Seed to Order Storing SeedsPart 2: Growing for Maximum YieldChapter 5: Preparing Soil for Production Expanding Production with New Beds Improving Existing Beds Soil SolutionsChapter 6: Setting Up Irrigation Systems The Case for Irrigation Infrastructure Overhead Irrigation Drip Irrigation Making an Irrigation Map Assembling the System Managing the Drip SystemChapter 7: Setting Up a Home Nursery Inside a Home Nursery Locating the Nursery Outfitting Your NurseryChapter 8: Starting Plants En Masse Scheduling Your Seed Starting Large-Scale Seeding Equipment Propagating from Cuttings Grafting for Increased Productivity Managing Your Nursery Year-Round Nursery ProductionChapter 9: Transplanting and Direct Seeding in the Garden Careful Transplanting = Productive Plants Direct Seeding Mulching at Planting Time Setting Up SupportsPart 3: Getting the Most from Any Garden SpaceChapter 10: Getting the Most from Every Plant Strategies for Fertilizing Pruning for Production Hand Pollinating for Higher YieldsChapter 11: Suppress the Competition: Weeds, Pests, and Diseases Develop a Weed-Reduction StrategyChapter 12: Maintaining Soil Quality First Priority: Build Up Humus Producing Large Quantities of Compost Protect the Soil with Cover Crops Start a Soil Management calendar Mulching for WinterChapter 13: Extending the Growing Season Growing in Every Season Choosing a Structure Cooling in Summer Can Increase YieldsChapter 14: Timely Harvesting and Storage Becoming a Skilled Harvester Harvest Safely Harvesting for Maximum Freshness and Quality Storing the HarvestAppendix: Distributing the Harvest Produce Sales and Distribution Educational Programming Planning for Perennials Resources Index
"Colin and Brad show you how to increase the output from your garden efficiently and successfully.” —Amy Pennington, owner of Go-Go Green Garden & author of Urban Pantry, Apartment Gardening, Apples & Fresh Pantry.