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Go back to basics--compost, raising chickens, water and irrigation, dealing with pests, and much more--with this unique, full color bestseller (over 400,000 sold). Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent 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 know to get started: Buying and saving seeds Starting seedlings Establishing raised beds Soil fertility practices Composting Dealing with pest and disease problems Crop rotation Selling your produce arm 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.Author: Brett L. MarkhamPublisher: Skyhorse PublishingPublished: 04/01/2010Pages: 240Binding Type: PaperbackWeight: 2.35lbsSize: 10.90h x 8.40w x 0.90dISBN: 9781602399846Review Citation(s): Library Journal 03/15/2010 pg. 115Booklist 04/01/2010 pg. 10About the AuthorBrett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. The author of the bestselling Mini Farming series, he runs a profitable, Certified Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.This title is only available via back order

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FABRIC PLANTERS Heavy Duty Felt-like Material with Durable handles that do NOT break. Not even the 20 gallon potato pot filled with wet soil!!! These are not the cheap flimsy bags you find in the big box retail stores Re-usable - Washable - Easy Storage Just add compost and soil Great for Patio Gardening and Urban Farming Water Permeable - Oxygenates roots for healthier container grown plants 7 Gallon 11" Wide x 17" H 10 Gallon 13" Wide x 20" H Each pot has 8 side planting pockets Soil is not included, just wanted to show how they look filled --------------------------------------------------------------------- ​Urban gardening aka: gardening in raised beds, planters, pots, etc has a few challenges. Here are a few reasons why growing in fabric bags is the ideal choice: #1 Drainage - plants growing in plastic or metals can overheat your root systems. Roots do more than just anchor a plant. If your roots are not healthy your plants will lack the ability to take in nutrient. #2 Moisture - plants growing in wood or clay planters typically suffer from drought stress as these materials absorb the water and steal the moisture the plants need. #3 Aeration - the fabric allows air flow to the roots and also provides proper drainage. I have actually seen plants that have died from drowning because the drainage holes in their pots were inadequate. #4 Soil Health - plants grown in a properly drained and aerated environment strive. This environment is essential in growing and maintaining a living soil, the basis of organic gardening. Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants. Adding organic matter to your fabric pots will feed your microbes and they will enjoy their perfect environment allowing nutrients to be released and larger root systems to be formed. #5 Portability - the bags are lightweight and heavy duty and you can move them around easily. Let's say you need less or more sun as Spring changes to Summer...no worries just use the durable handles that will NOT tear. Have a climbing plant that needs a trellis...no problem just move your planter near a fence. #6 Space saving - at the end of the season your pots can be emptied (either into a soil storage bag or even composted) and the bags can be stored flat until the following season. If you choose you can even leave them out over the winter months...have no worries about them breaking and cracking during soil heaving and frost or even snow. #7 Washable - they are able to be hand washed many times to keep them looking brand new. Interested in Vermi-Composting - the easy way to compost indoors with worms? Organic Gardening starts with soil health. Healthy Soil = Healthy plants. An easy way to build your soil is by adding organic matter, especially in urban pots and containers ...creating a living soil full of microbes. Guarantee live worm delivery!

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