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Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway

Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway by Steve Solomon
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Gardening expert Steve Solomon has written extensively on gardening techniques for the home gardener. Water conservation is the focus of this work, along with more information on how to have the healthiest plants in your garden through “fertigation”, appropriate plant rotation, and soil preparation.

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Cascadia Gardening Series

Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway

Steve Solomon

CONTENTS

Chapter

1 Predictably Rainless Summers 2 Water Wise Gardening Science 3 Helping Plants to Need Less Irrigation 4 Water Wise Gardening Year Round 5 How to Grow It with Less Irrigation: A Z 6 My Own Garden Plan 7 The Backyard

Introduction

Starting a New Gardening Era

First, you should know why a maritime Northwest raised bed gardener named Steve Solomon became worried about his dependence on irrigation.

I'm from Michigan. I moved to Lorane, Oregon, in April 1978 and homesteaded on 5 acres in what I thought at the time was a cool, showery green valley of liquid sunshine and rainbows. I intended to put in a big garden and grow as much of my own food as possible.

Two months later, in June, just as my garden began needing water, my so called 15 gallon per minute well began to falter, yielding less and less with each passing week. By August it delivered about 3 gallons per minute. Fortunately, I wasn't faced with a completely dry well or one that had shrunk to below 1 gallon per minute, as I soon discovered many of my neighbors were cursed with... Continue reading book >>


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