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Gardening for the future of the Earth
Shapiro, Howard-Yana.
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New York : Bantam Books, 2000.
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v, 230 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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"The key to the future of the world lies in gardening." So begins this inspiring book from the pioneering organic seed company Seeds of Change, which has introduced millions of gardeners to a cornucopia of luscious, unusual fruits and vegetables--all bred by methods that preserve the irreplaceable resources of water, soil, and genetic diversity for future generations. Gardening for the Future of the Earthbrings together for the first time the techniques of the great pioneers of organic gardening, creating a program that can easily be used by home gardeners. Whether you have a sunny windowsill, a backyard plot, or a country garden, you can apply the principles of leading-edge systems such as permaculture, biointensive, biodynamic, and kinship gardening. The results? More beautiful flowers, vegetables, and fruits than you would have believed possible--and deeper satisfaction for you, the gardener, because you will be working in harmony with nature. Here is expert advice from the masters on: Garden planning and design that saves work and water Composting and other methods to build soil without chemical fertilizers Planting and pruning techniques for dramatically increased yields The pleasures of seed saving--and even breeding your own varieties Exploring the richness of biodiversity through kinship gardening And much more Illustrated with color photographs that bring the techniques to life, this is both a practical garden companion and essential reading for anyone interested in preserving the precious resources of our home planet. One individual with a digging fork and a small garden can make a difference. So begins this inspiring book from the pioneering organic seed company, Seeds of Change, which now reaches more than one million households annually with its catalog of luscious, unusual fruits and vegetables--all bred by methods that preserve the irreplaceable resources of water, soil, and genetic diversity for future generations. The authors combine the major techniques of organic gardening--including Permaculture, Biointensive, Biodynamic, and Kinship systems--to create a program that can easilybe used by home gardeners.  We learn from the masters: among others, Bill Mollison on garden planning and design; John Jeavons on soil building and planting; Alan Kapuler and Carol Deppe on seed saving and do-it-yourself plant breeding; and Masanobu Fukuoka on growing without pesticides or fertilizers. Illustrated with beautiful four-color photographs and diagrams, this is both a practical garden companion and essential reading for anyone interested in building a sustainable future. -->

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He lives in Hawaii.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This inspirational collaboration between Shapiro and Harrisson puts forth principles of organic gardening techniques for gardeners to capitalize on at home. Valuable advice focuses on saving seed and preserving plant diversity, as well as methods for soil building, reusing water, preparing biointensive raised beds, and designing a plot for maximum productivity. The book contains profiles of individuals who have achieved sustainable gardening practices; the ideas of Bill Mollison, John Jeavons, and Carol Deppe figure prominently among the group of visionaries. With instruction on how to carefully assess site conditions while observing the patterns in nature that lead to the most efficient use of space, there is much to be learned about cultivating fruitful gardens and at the same time protecting the planet's flora and other resources. --Alice Joyce

Publisher's Weekly Review

Editor Shapiro, director of the organic seed company Seeds of Change, and writer Harrisson combine the techniques and philosophies of great pioneers of organic and sustainable gardening. Gardeners who have learned to work with rather than against nature include Bill Mollison, an Australian devotee of permaculture, and John Jeavons, who discusses how to create good soil, the most important element of gardening. Wes Jackson advocates perennial polyculture to increase produce yield without using toxic chemical fertilizers that upset nature's balance, while Carol Deppe explains how to save seeds for breeding to create disease-resistant plants. The authors stress the critical need for restoring earth that has been badly damaged by current agricultural practices. Despite a tenfold increase in insecticide use in the U.S. since 1945, the editors note, crop loss due to insects has doubled. If the depletion of the earth isn't halted, they argue, it may be a mere 15 to 25 years before modern commercial agriculture crashes. Hope balances the doom, however, as each author carefully and enthusiastically explains how ordinary gardeners and homeowners can tip the balance toward a healthier earth and food supply. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Author and BBC organic gardening expert Flowerdew's book, beautifully illustrated with color photographs, introduces organic gardening principles, techniques, and pest controls. He also demonstrates how to grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruit organically. The fruit and vegetable sections include specific cultural information and recommended cultivars, while less information is available on flowers, shrubs, and herbs. Because of its British slant and the relatively brief cultural information included, North American gardeners may prefer books from Rodale's "Successful Organic Gardening" series, which cover everything from perennials to herbs to vegetables in separate volumes. Beginners will also find Maria Rodale's Organic Gardening (Rodale, 1998) or Karan Davis Cutler's Burpee: The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener (IDG, 1998) good introductions to the organic method. Shapiro, agricultural director of Seeds of Change (an organic seed company), and Harrisson, a freelance writer, introduce a selection of ecologically sensitive methods of farming applicable to home gardeners. Biointensive, kinship, biodynamic, and permaculture gardening systems are profiled. The authors also include suggestions on how to conserve soil and water and stress the need to preserve genetic diversity through growing plants and saving their seeds or plant breeding, offering techniques for both. There is also an interesting discussion of the problems created by current chemical-based farming practices and the techniques that can be used to alleviate these problems. Recommended for those interested in alternative organic farming and gardening practices.ÄSue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.