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The decline of cheap oil is inspiring escalating numbers of North Americans to achieve some measure of backyard food self-sufficiency. In challenging instances, the family members can be tremendously helped by expanding a highly productive meals garden, requiring little money outlay or watering.At present well-liked intensive vegetable gardening strategies are largely inappropriate to this new circumstance. Crowded raised beds require high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter, and demand large amounts of human time and work. But, except for labor, these inputs rely on the price of oil. Prior to the 1970s, North American residence meals growing used much more land with significantly less labor, with wider plant spacing, with less or no irrigation, and all carried out with sharp hand tools. But these sustainable systems have been largely forgotten. Gardening When It Counts assists readers rediscover traditional low-input gardening methods to create healthful meals.Designed for readers with no expertise and applicable to most areas in the English-speaking world except the tropics and hot deserts, this book shows that any household with access to three-5,000 sq. ft. of garden land can halve their food costs making use of a developing program requiring just the odd bucketful of household waste water, maybe two hundred dollars worth of hand tools, and about the identical amount spent on supplies — working an average of two hours a day during the growing season.Steve Solomon is a nicely-known west coast gardener and author of 5 prior books, including Increasing Vegetables West of the Cascades which has appeared in five editions.
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