Gardening when it counts by Steve Solomon

Ok, while I had every plan of at some point reviewing this book, as I want to talk about some of things in it in the coming next post, it only seems fitting to give my thoughts on this book.. (I do not get any kind of kickback or reward for any of my book reviews yada yada)  I am doing them only for the sake of passing on info on the ones that I thought were worth the money spent on them and that earned a place on the book shelf.

This book caught my eye for one main reason, in the write up it talked about needing to be able garden without the use of extra watering while still having the plants do well, now we are lucky enough “right now” that I can collect rain water from my metal roof to water my gardens for the little bit that I do water, but unless I am starting plants or raising a few softies, most of my garden 90 percent plus are on the their own in terms of getting the job done.

While I love the idea of raised beds, and really close plantings and I have done so and for those with little space and lots of water, the more power to you, but for someone that has lots of land, has to be careful of her dug well water usage and who’s critters water needs need to come first, garden second, this appealed to me for a read.

The book surprised me, I thought that it would be a few good parts and mostly fluff, like most garden books that I have picked up over the past few years. This book is so stuffed full of info, that you read it, put it down.. read it again and repeat.. and repeat.. and then when you are making garden plans, you read parts of it again!

Its so detailed that it has drawings of what the veggies root systerms are like so that you can take that into planning, and it stands by its title.. if you had to garden when it counts when that crop or crops meant the difference between having your belly full or going just a bit or lot hungry, if it meant the difference between a good garden crop that would let you not need to spend xxx on food, and instead on house payments etc, this is the book that will help you get it done.

One of the most interesting chapters of this book for me was in regards to composting, he has the most detailed chart in regards to the different animal manure, which goes into detail in regards to the difference between them, and there are some big! differences, this opened my eyes to my farm and how its poo’s could be used in regards to different need in the garden..

This links back into the very detailed info on the plants.. some plants will thrive with more of this or less of this.. some critter poo’s have more of this and that.. more on this in regards to the coming post on composting.

I give this book a 5 out 5 in terms of information but don’t think you are going to read and remember this much info in one or two sittings, think of it as a reference book..

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3 Responses to Gardening when it counts by Steve Solomon

  1. Canadian Doomer says:

    Wow! When I was looking at books to spend my Christmas gift certificate on, I looked at and decided against this book. Now I wish I had got it!

    I’ll have to put it on my next wish list.

    • Its a good one, but I like I said, not a easy read in terms of flipping though the book, it needs to be taken in sections, but its well worth the read for sure. Only another month till I can start somethings for the garden but the wintersown veggies will be the first to use.. I can’t wait to have those fresh baby carrots coming out of the garden by the end of march/early april. Its such a great way to get a jump start on the season.

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