Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown produce comprises only a fraction of what we eat. And while many gardening guides will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about individual crops, few tackle the more involved task of helping you maximize the percentage of your diet you grow yourself.
Grow a Sustainable Diet will help you develop a comprehensive, customized garden plan to produce the maximum number of calories and nutrients from any available space. Avoid arriving in August buried under a mountain of kale or zucchini (and not much else) by making thoughtful choices at the planning stage, focusing on dietary staples and key nutrients. Learn how to calculate:
Which food and cover crops are best for your specific requirements How many seeds and plants of each variety you should sow What and when to plant, harvest, and replant for maximum yield
Focusing on permaculture principles, bio-intensive gardening methods, getting food to the table with minimum fossil fuel input, and growing crops that sustain both you and your soil, this complete guide is a must-read for anyone working towards food self-sufficiency for themselves or their family.
*My Book Review*
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This is one of those wonderfully inspiring books that made me want to rush out into my garden and get stuck into growing ALL of my own food. Cindy Conner takes the reader on a comprehensive journey into what is involved with having a diet that is completely sustainable – and grown entirely by the reader.
There is no fanciful chitter chatter about sustainability being a walk up the garden path her either. Conner makes sure the reader knows exactly what they are getting themselves into, and, yet, still makes them want to follow this arduous path. She is a very intelligent woman when it comes to growing things in the garden, although, at times, she tends to be a little jaded. However, I imagine this comes with the territory of teaching and learning sustainability and not having everything get through to the target audience – at least she is entirely honest.
At times I found this book to be a little too concise. I know this should be a good thing because she certainly does explain everything in great detail, and to some this will be a blessing. However, this is common trait I find with organic gardening and self sufficiency books, and it is not one I am really overly fond of. While many readers will love the fact that there is an answer for everything in this book, others will find the information overload exactly that – an overload. I am a big believer for not sweating the fine print in gardening – just get out there and give it a go!
But this is a minor criticism for a book that is filled to the brim with inspiration, so I am giving Grow a Sustainable Diet by Cindy Conner 4 out of 5 stars!
About the Author
Cindy Conner is a permaculture educator, founder of Homeplace Earth, and the producer of two popular instructional DVDs on sustainable gardening. Her passion is exploring growing a complete diet in a small space while minimizing the use of fossil fuels.