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The Minimalist Gardener reveals low-maintenance, year-round, no-dig gardening that provides your kitchen with delicious fresh food (while not breaking your back). Written by acknowledged expert Patrick Whitefield, this friendly guide will help you grow food in whatever space you have (large or small, rural or urban) with minimal purchased inputs and maximum satisfaction.
This collection of Whitefield’s pioneering writings explores the cutting edge of permaculture gardening that is eminently practical and visionary at the same time. Whitefield describes an evolving system that is completely chemical-free, requiring little input from outside the garden gate. His minimalist approach uses techniques like no-dig raised beds, perennial vegetables, and self-seeding salads as ground cover (plus mulching when appropriate). All these techniques minimize work in the garden while producing an abundance of food.
Whitefield describes how to select plants based on what you like to eat and how to combine them in polycultures that confuse pests. He mixes annual hybrids, heritage varieties, and perennial vegetables, and he has a pragmatic approach to selecting seeds and seed saving. There are also tips on selecting fruit varieties, from berries to fruit trees, including how to choose rootstocks and varieties.
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