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I"m currently reading How To Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons. This book's been around for a couple of decades, and has been published in several different languages, too.

It focuses on the Grow Biointensive method, which is kind of like super-organized wide-row planting. It promotes organic farming too, which is awesome. With sections on composting, starting seeds, and maintaining a balanced ecosystem in the backyard, it's a drastic change from the other gardening guides I have that display charts for fertilizer mixes, and suggested pesticides for various crops (some are actually published by various fertilizer and pesticide companies, like the Ortho book I found on the bookshelf here).

I love the cover of the book too. It inspired those watercolors I posted a few days back.

The book also seems like it can grow along with the gardener, with some great basic information for the beginner, and more complicated charts and graphs for those experienced gardeners trying to calculate yields and analyze soil composition.

I really love this book, and it's going to be a couple of years before I can really use all of the information inside. I got it at Borders ($19.00, but I used a coupon and got it for less), but there's a bunch of copies on Amazon for less than that.


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