This authoritative book provides detailed, practical guidance for those who wish to make the most of their time and whatever area of ground is available to grow vegetables the organic way. It looks forward to productive gardening becoming increasingly relevant and necessary as we are obliged to adapt to global trends, including climate change and diminishing oil resources that will adversely affect food production. The techniques described are applicable to any scale of gardening and are based on the author's thirty years of organic gardening experience, including twenty years of self-sufficiency and eight as a professional gardener growing vegetables and fruit in walled gardens. Contents: Introduction; 1. Tools and Back Care; 2. Clearing the Ground; 3. Planning the Garden; 4. Digging; 5. Maintaining Soil Fertility; 6. Preparing Beds and Sowing Seeds; 7. Vegetables One by One; 8. Weeds; 9. Bonfires; 10. Cover Crops and Green Manure; 11. Cooking Vegetables; Appendix I: Maintenance and Modification of Tools; Appendix II: Transplanting from Pots; Appendix III: Useful Knots; Appendix IV: Wildlife Gardening is Bad for Wildlife!; Glossary; References; Recommended Reading; Index.
Robert Milne grew all the vegetables and most of the fruit for his family of two, then three, and for ten years, four people. Robert explored the most efficient way of doing everything, modifying some tools and developing some new techniques. In 2003, frustrated by the lack of information about soil in gardening books, Robert took a degree in soil science at the University of Reading. Robert has also worked with vegetable growers in Norway, Scotland and Iceland. In 2002-3, he worked with children in primary schools making and managing quite large vegetable gardens.