The world’s leading resource on biointensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening is thoroughly updated throughout, with new sections on using How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition has 36 ratings and 5 reviews. Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons (Feb 7 . How to grow more vegetables has 61 ratings and 15 reviews. Montana said: I found this book too dense for my needs, and overflowing with unnecessary philo.. .

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Aug 12, Megan rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is for you if: This book isn’t for you if: Most of the book is about growing grain — both for eating This book is for you if: Most of the book is about growing grain — both for eating and because it produces a bunch of stuff you can compost to maintain soil fertility without external inputs. The book estimates you need square feet per person to sustainably grow their food.

There are six people in my family. We don’t have anything like 24, square feet of growing space. None of the charts estimate how much space you need to feed a child. Given that this is supposed to be a book for feeding generation after generation of people on limited space, it’s still weird to me that there’s no mention of kids, or how the higher-calorie demands of say, nursing or pregnancy fit into this scheme, either.

Research priorities often interfere with growing all our vegetables and fruits. It is difficult to research, write, publish, teach, do outreach around the world — and farm — all at the same time! It’s kind of a pity that the book talks so much about growing your own compost, but never talks about the free, local resources many people have that could be put to the same end and diverted from landfills like neighbor’s autumn leaves.


Remember that bit about transplanting wheat? They mention the Maya a few times, with no citations — largely to prove that Grow Biointensive is rooted in the past: They did this, in part, through neighborhood biologically intensive food-raising.

No one knows why this very skilled and intelligent culture eventually disappeared. There are many possibilities, including disease, but one is that the food-raising practices may not have been used with full sustainability. In fact, the Mayan culture [sic, again] grew food this way at their homes on a neighborhood basis.

This is one of the reasons their culture survived when others around them were collapsing. I hate that they’re here, claiming they “disappeared” when there are still millions of Maya, speaking dozens of Mayan languages. And I have no idea where their claims of how they farmed comes from. Kitchen vegetable gardens are common in many civilizations around the world, but archaeologists are still trying to figure out how the Classic Maya fed their civilizations and even which crops predominated corn or cassava.

I’m not sure what neighboring, contemporary civilizations they’re talking about collapsing, either. That made it sound like I hated the book. I did disagree with a lot of it, and I really don’t like their off-handed, no-citations history.

Despite that, this was still an interesting read for me because of other books I’ve read. I can now understand how other authors modified this method, or parts of it, to develop gardening techniques much better suited to their situations. I suppose I now know why everyone references this book, but so few authors advocate actually using it.

How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition

Dec 27, Missy Ivey rated it it was amazing. I’ve read this book 3 vegehables already. I have it all marked up and highlighted throughout. It’s the perfect reference and organic garden motivation book.

Down to earh and simple to read. May 09, Carrie rated it it was ok Shelves: It did have a number of tips about how to grow your own food with limited land resources, and even how it is theoretically possible to make money selling the excess crop. It could be a good reference book for someone who wants to be very meticulous about growing vegetables without fertilizer or pesticides, even organic ones.

The most interesting part vegetablea me was the section on planting by the moon’s phases. My great-grandfather a hobby farmer swore by this method, so it was interesting to see some reasoning behind its use.

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How to grow more vegetables by John Jeavons

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