Growing Green: Organic Techniques for a Sustainable Future by Jenny Hall and Iain Tolhurst is a guide for those who want to learn about stock-free organic gardening techniques. It is just the thing for absolute beginners or professional growers who want to grow for vegans.
Stock-free organic gardening means you use no animal by-products or manures. The book shows you how to become self-sufficient and have healthy crops with fewer weeds, pest or diseases. Until this book, there has never been a comprehensive guide to give organic growing standards for different scales of vegetable production from large farms that use tractors or small machinery to small gardeners, who just want to be self-sustaining and use hand tools.
Growing Green is ideal for researchers and students as well, since it is a first-of-its-kind in organic growing. It covers these topics:
- Tools and machinery needed
- Managing green manures
- Making seed compost
- Rotation for year-round supply
- Weed, pest, and disease control
- Selling produce
- Reducing your ecological footprint
Iaian Tolhurst has been growing stock-free organic since 1994 on 18 acres at Hardwick Estate in south Oxfordshire, England, which has a climate like San Francisco, California, except with 3 inches more rain each year. His is the first farm to ever be awarded the Stockfree-Organic Symbol. This is the highest certification possible for vegan organic farms. Jenny Hall has been growing stock-free organic on five acres near Wigan, England since 2004. The climate there has more rainfall than Oxfordshire, but the same temperature range. 328 pages.
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