Make the most of your vegetable garden with Brett Markham, author Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre. This comprehensive new handbook covers everything you need to know about maximizing and harvesting the best vegetables you can possibly produce. With each chapter addressing a different vegetable, you’ll learn tips and tricks about varietal selection, nutritional merits, how to begin, special hints for growing, and how to deal with particular pests and diseases, plus one or two creative recipes to get you started. With over 150 of Markham’s own photographs guiding you every step of the way, you’ll find this an honest, straightforward guide and a must-have for any vegetable mini-farmer.
Markham is developing a franchise; this and two other books extend and focus the ideas in his earlier Mini-Farming: Self-Sufficiency on Acre. This book's focus on veggies aims at a sweet spot: the millions of people who need to know how grandma (or great-grandma) grew all those wonderful tomatoes, and even more great produce, in the backyard in the summer. Gardeners who are familiar with intensive gardening methods won't find a great deal, but newbies will love the commonsense systematic way Markham, an engineer and hobby farmer, explains what goes into successful cultivation: the chemistry and methods of soil preparation before a seed is put in the ground. His philosophy slides sometimes into oversimplification: an asparagus bed, for example, takes a few years to establish. And his criticism of the politics of contemporary farming is not deep. But readers wanting that should turn to Michael Pollan; readers looking to plant their first raised-bed garden should start here. A bonus is drop-dead simple recipes, again best for people becoming acquainted with growing and cooking their own food.