ISBN: 9781603580311 Year Added to Catalog: 2010 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Color insert Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 Number of Pages: 336 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Release Date: September 28, 2010 Web Product ID: 538
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The Resilient Gardener
Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times
"In the years since Carol Deppe wrote the classic Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, she has continued to grow in deep wisdom and experience. The Resilient Gardener is brilliantly timely, and shows us how to create gardens that can survive our increasingly erratic weather, while supplying key nutrition lacking in most vegetable gardens. This book fills a critical niche, and I recommend it unreservedly."
—Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Scientist/gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields — resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health, and medicine. In the last half of The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends and illustrates these principles with detailed information about growing and using five key crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs.
In this book you’ll learn how to:
Garden in an era of unpredictable weather and climate change
Grow, store, and use more of your own staple crops
Garden efficiently and comfortably (even if you have a bad back)
Grow, store, and cook different varieties of potatoes and save your own potato seed
Grow the right varieties of corn to make your own gourmet-quality fast-cooking polenta, cornbread, parched corn, corn cakes, pancakes and even savory corn gravy
Make whole-grain, corn-based breads and cakes using the author’s original gluten-free recipes involving no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products
Grow and use popbeans and other grain legumes
Grow, store, and use summer, winter, and drying squash
Keep a home laying flock of ducks or chickens; integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed.
The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book, and is suitable for gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years.
About the Author
Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe has a BS in zoology from the University of Florida, a PhD in biology from Harvard University, and specializes in developing public-domain crops for organic growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival for the next thousand years. She is author of Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving (Chelsea Green, 2000) and Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu. See www.caroldeppe.com for news and further adventures. Deppe lives in Corvallis, Oregon.