Grow More Food
A Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Getting the Biggest Harvest Possible from a Space of Any Size
by Colin McCrate; Brad Halm
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Pub Date 1 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 1 Feb 2022
Storey Publishing, Storey Publishing, LLC
Along with chapters devoted to the Five Tenets of a Productive Gardener (Plan Well to Get the Most from Your Garden; Maximize Production in Each Bed; Get the Most out of Every Plant; Scale up Tools and Systems for Efficiency; and Expand and Extend the Harvest), the book contains interactive tools that home gardeners can use to assist them in determining how, when, and what to plant; evaluating crop health; and planning and storing the harvest. For today’s vegetable gardeners who want to grow as much of their own food as possible, this guide offers expert advice and strategies for cultivating a garden that supplies what they need.
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Date reviewed/posted: June 12, 2021
Publication date: February 1, 2022 (!!!!!)
When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.!
I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.
I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames!
Just how productive can one small vegetable garden be? More productive than one might think! Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, former CSA growers and current owners of the Seattle Urban Farm Company help readers boost their garden productivity by teaching them how to plan carefully, maximize production in every bed, get the most out of every plant, scale-up systems to maximize efficiency, and expand the harvest season with succession planting, intercropping, and season extension.
Along with chapters devoted to the Five Tenets of a Productive Gardener (Plan Well to Get the Most from Your Garden; Maximize Production in Each Bed; Get the Most out of Every Plant; Scale-up Tools and Systems for Efficiency, and Expand and Extend the Harvest), the book contains interactive tools that home gardeners can use to assist them in determining how, when, and what to plant; evaluating crop health; and planning and storing the harvest. For today’s vegetable gardeners who want to grow as much of their own food as possible, this guide offers expert advice and strategies for cultivating a garden that supplies what they need.
I love CSA vegetable boxes - I grow herbs and herbs only on my balcony as my cats love to sleep in the raised garden bed and have killed every plant I ever put out there to grow. I tried covering it with chicken wire and they slept on top of the wire and zucchini plants. (Cats hate Basil and Spearmint which is what I grow as they will leave those alone...I am looking into vertical gardening and will use this book as an aid to get that working!)
We have allotment plots out back for some clients and this book will help them maximize their plots ... net year. This book comes out in February 2022 so I have made my plant plans already, based on this book - it is excellently written and the instructions make sense even to my black-thumbed brain. I have learned to maximize my space and this book will astound even long-time gardeners with its ideas and promises. (I will still get my weekly CSA box based on things I cannot grow so that we all benefit!)
I will be buying several copies of this book for our patrons and will be giving this as a gift to a coworker for her February birthday. I am going to wrap it in a tea towel (one can never have too many of those!) along with some seeds ... what a great gift idea for birthdays and VALENTINE'S DAY for the gardener in your life.
As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍆🍆🍆🍆🍆
This book is a fantastic! Whether you are a beginner gardener or have some years of experience this book has information for you. I love all the information from starting a garden to working years down the road with crop rotation and unwanted insects. This should be a book in everyone's house.
Wow… I hope we get this book a lot earlier than 2022! Wealth of information for any gardener to yield more from the crops they grow! Love the cover and blurb was very attractive.
What did I like? I was trapped in an apartment at the start of COVID but ended up buying myself an acre of land and a home. So I’m trying my first year of gardening right now. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be! This book was an absolute delight! The book entails where I would like to be in five years. This year I just threw seeds in the ground to get an idea of what would grow. I wish I would of had this book before that idea bloomed. Pumpkin plant alone took up half my garden and they are huge! The book helps with pretty much every aspect of gardening. I really love the plant beds and the drip irrigation. Also some really good information on yields of crop.
Would I recommend or buy? This guide is really for all types of gardening from novice to expert. I really enjoyed the information and I loved the diary pages. You really have your work cut out for you to be an excellent gardener. It’s definitely worth the effort! I can’t wait to buy a paper copy, I’m positive that it will be money well spent!
I received a complimentary copy to read and voluntarily left a review! Five stars!
This book provides details and helpful tools that anyone growing vegetables at home can use to improve their crop yields. It walks you through each step needed to decide what to plant and the time of year to plant it, as well as tips to use to tell if your crops are healthy or not. It also helps you to plan and best store all the fruits of your labor. It also lists out the tools and supplies you need which is super helpful if you're a newbie gardener like me!
This was a great guide and gave me a lot of tips and pointers that I didn't already know. I think my indoor and outdoor gardens will really benefit from this book and what it has to offer.
Grow more food Colin McCrate & Brad Halm
What a great book that covers every aspect of growing food, it’s a very in-depth book and a must read for anyone who’s interested in gardening vegetables and herbs. It gives practical sound advice on all aspects for a productive garden from choosing your seeds and starting them off, pests and disease management strategies, propagating cuttings, drip irrigation, I particularly like that this book also covers grow lighting, sprouting and micro greens and all year round scheduling of planting and planning that could be tailored for the area where the reader lives for the best results.
There’s a huge amount of valuable information for the beginner who is just starting to grow vegetables in this book but I’m sure the ‘old hand’ gardener could learn something from this book too. It’s nicely sectioned with some lovely photographs and diagrams, a modern gardeners almanac that includes so much more than the usual gardening books for putting food on the table. I think this book would be well used by any discerning gardener and I definitely recommend it
Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for sending me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
Grow More Food: A Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Getting the Biggest Harvest Possible from a Space of Any Size is an in-depth guide to evaluating your current garden with the goal of improving efficiency and maximizing your harvests going forward (whether that’s through extending your growing season, implementing succession planting, or fixing mistakes you didn’t know you were making).
Basically, getting the most out of your garden comes down to improving your knowledge, planning beforehand, adapting as you go, and keeping organized records. Whether your goal is to be more efficient with your time and resources, expand your harvest size, supplement your income, or something else entirely, this book will help you with exactly that.
I’ve gardened consistently throughout my life, but this is my third year of a maintaining a large home garden. Every year’s garden is a process of trial-and-error and trying new things, and gardening resources such as Grow More Food definitely help minimize the ‘error’ side of ‘trial-and-error’. I found a lot of helpful information within these pages and enjoyed the walk-throughs of the authors’ experiences (like how to interpret a soil test and make soil amendments based on it).
I also appreciated how the authors didn’t assume the reader knows everything and still covered the basics. Some information was new to me, and other information was a good reminder. For instance, I found the “duration of irrigation” section extremely helpful! I currently have to hand water my garden (something the book mentions several times as really not a good use of time or resources with a garden of my size), but a permanent irrigation system is on our list soon.
Like every gardening resource this book can’t cover everything, but there are a lot of other resources and further reading included. And, you can always use a topic as a starting point for further research. My only complaint with this book is the lack of information on hobby greenhouses: many of the examples are set in urban settings that don’t have space for the large high tunnels and nursery-size greenhouses that are discussed in some of the sections.
Overall, this is an incredible resource: there’s an absolute wealth of information within these pages and so many helpful charts and worksheets (after publication the worksheets and charts included in this book will also be available in a digital format on their website, which is fantastic). I keep a pretty detailed garden spreadsheet, but even I found quite a bit of new information to add and new ways to organize the information I track.
Thank you again to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the privilege of reviewing an ARC.
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