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Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres by Pam Dawling answers most of the questions I’ve heard from aspiring market gardeners and even some established market gardeners. Whether you are hoping to sell at the farmer’s market, start a CSA, or just get a better handle on your own kitchen garden, this 400+ page book provides practical market farming answers.
I especially like the individual chapters on growing specific vegetables. For example, there is a 15-page chapter on growing tomatoes and a 10-page chapter on growing potatoes. The shortest chapter on individual vegetables is five pages, which still contains a lot of information about growing a single vegetable, and this is not something I have ever seen in another book!
Here are just a few of the topics covered …
- year-round production
- crop rotations for vegetables
- cover crops
- how much to grow
- succession planting
- soil fertility
- disease, weed, and pest management
- harvesting techniques
- winter vegetable storage without refrigeration
The book also includes excellent photos and practical charts and graphs. For example, Pam’s lettuce log from 2012 provides a real-life example so you can see how the days to transplant decreases as the weather warms up and then increases again as the weather cools down in fall. She could have just written that sentence in her book, but by providing an actual record from her garden, we are able to really understand how it transpires.
Pam’s 38 years of gardening experience truly shines through the pages of her book, and whether you are a complete novice or a seasons pro, you’ll find lots of practical information in here. I definitely give it two thumbs up, and I’ll be reading over it again this winter when preparing for next year’s garden.
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