Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-till Garden (Permaculture Gardener Book 1)
|Rating||:||4.26 (619 Votes)|
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"The book is accessible for the layman (or woman), and with almost 30 years of gardening experience and 4 years of professional experience working on development projects in the third world, I can say this is the best book written on the subject I have read so far." --- M.Padro"This is a very good primer on getting started growing your own mulch year round in the garden. Much of the US once had as much as nine feet of topsoil. Following the author's simple suggestions will have your soil organic content increasing over time." --- Roy W. Many areas now have less than an inch or two. Houston
Good Summary In this really good short summary, you get pretty much everything you needed to know about Green Manures aka cover crops. This is a book for hobbyists, yardeners, and backyard farmers, and perhaps a good review of the topic for professionals. However if you are looking for a painfully detailed chemical analysis of the soil, or an in depth soil science book to put you to sleep, please look else where. This has all of the practical information you need to be able to understand and use cover crops, nothing else. The book is accessible for the layman (or woman) and with almost 30. usefulalso very well written Tons of practical, adaptable advice.Witten with skill and craft; Anna's personality appears enough to make the book entertaining, but not so much that it detracts or distracts. I'll seek out her other works.. Good Information for Beginners Philip Coachman This book is a good introduction to cover crops. The one table that I found useful was the C:N table on the different cover crops mentioned in the book.
You can get all of the same benefits in a no-till garden, though, if you're clever.Homegrown Humus details five no-till winners in depth --- buckwheat, sweet potatoes, oilseed radishes, rye, and oats. Profiles of other species suggest gardening conditions when you might want to try out sunflowers, annual ryegrass, barley, Austrian winter peas, crimson clover, cowpeas, or sunn hemp as well.Meanwhile, the book delves into finding cover-crop seeds, planting cover crops in a no-till garden, and easily killing cover crops without tilling or herbicide use. Understanding the C:N ratio of cover crops helps determine how long to wait between killing cover crops and plant
. She admits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhood memories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling and she loves pigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-till gardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing.She also enjoys writing about the adventures, both on her blog at WaldenEffect, and in her books. Her first paperback, The Weekend Homesteader, helped thous