Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil a Book Review

 Cover of The Art of Gardening: Building the Soilh

As we are getting closer to fall many of you will be finishing with gardening for the year. If not you are thinking about fall and winter gardens. If you are not going to have a fall or winter garden then now is the time to start building your soil for the best garden you ever thought you could have next year.

Do you have questions about mulching your garden? Composting? Whether or not to till? Seed saving? Plant management? What to plant? If you said yes yo any of these I have the book for you. Susan Vinskofski has put a lot of time and thought into this eBook. The book is well laid out and beautifully illustrated. Illustrations are by Deb Hamby.

Have you heard of lasagna gardening? No I am not talking about growing noodles or even growing all of the ingredients for lasagna. It is a mulching and growing method for raised beds that is covered in depth in this book.

How about Back to Eden gardening? This is covered as well. Not only is it covered in theory, but materials and construction. Susan tells you why you should not till and how to have minimal weeding in your garden.
Susan covers the basics of composting and what types of mulch to use. Did you know there were mulches that are not suggested for a garden?

There is a small discussion on the difference between open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO seeds. Why you might choose one over the others and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

I really like the fact that she tells us how to save seeds from an heirloom tomato. She includes step-by-step instructions on how to test a seeds viability and how to determine germination rate.

Should you start seed indoors? If so when? Maybe you should buy plants. How about direct sowing if seeds? All of these are discussed with links to charts that will help you determine when to do what based on your agricultural zone.

Susan covers a good range of both cool weather as well as warn weather veggies. She even includes recipes for mist of the veggies covered.

Thus is a very good book for the beginner and the intermediate gardener and would be invaluable to the experienced traditional gardener who is considering alternative growing methods.

If you would like more information about this book you can follow this Link.

I hope you are working toward your

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