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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Grow Your Own Food

Fresh Food From Small Spaces: The Square Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting by R.J. Ruppenthal is a great guide for city dwellers who want to grow their own food. He writes:

"Using this book, most urban residents can learn to grow as much as 10 to 20 percent of the fresh food their families eat from an average-sized urban condominium or apartment space." (Page xiii)

This book will inspire you to grow food in all kinds of places, from windowsills and countertops to balconies and rooftops, regardless of limitations like light or space or temperature.

Ruppenthal explains how to select plants based on their requirements for sun and shade and space, how to make self-watering containers, how to use trellises and walls to grow food, and how to garden vertically, which is ideal if you have more air space than floor space.

Other topics include using companion plants to deter insects naturally, cultivating mushrooms and sprouts, growing food in cold climates, raising chickens and honeybees in the city, composting indoors or outdoors, and making your own fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

Growing your own fresh food is healthy and inexpensive, and it helps create a more sustainable future. This book will help you get started.

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