The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening (Paperback)
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The Contrary Farmer's Invitation to Gardening (Paperback)

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Paperback 177 Pages / Published: 01/06/1997
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Gene Logsdon breaks down the garden walls and celebrates the side of gardening that isn't a finicky, style-obsessed, and expensive hobby but rather a hilarious, sensual, and endlessly satisfying way of life. The borders of the contrary garden are limited only by the imagination. Why should "crops" be merely common vegetables? Why not wheat? Why not the pigeons on the rafters of the barn, or bluegills and edible cattails from your own homestead pond? This is Gene Logsdon at his provocative best. Frequently irreverent, but always optimistic and practical, he uses the tools of good humor and common sense to smash conventional gardening to smithereens.

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780930031961
Number of pages: 177
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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Library Journal-Logsdon is a farmer, writer, and longtime observer of rural America who has written more than a dozen books on farming, gardening, and country life, including At Nature's Pace (LJ 12/93) and The Contrary Farmer (LJ 4/15/94). His latest work is typical Logsdon, blending philosophy with practical advice from cover to cover. The author includes chapters on the economics (and pleasures) of gardening, as opposed to our present agribusiness, food-factory economy, which he sees as ultimately unsustainable. Other chapters treat mulching, grain gardening, water gardening, garden husbandry (raising chickens and other small animals in combination with gardening), and protecting the garden from destructive wildlife. Readers will learn how to prepare coq au vin, pigeon broth, and sweet corn; when to harvest zucchini; how to read a seed company's catalog; what kind of manure is best for making compost; and why chickens are good for peach trees. Recommended for public libraries and all libraries with alternative agriculture collections.--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames


Library Journal- Logsdon is a farmer, writer, and longtime observer of rural America who has written more than a dozen books on farming, gardening, and country life, including At Nature's Pace (LJ 12/93) and The Contrary Farmer (LJ 4/15/94). His latest work is typical Logsdon, blending philosophy with practical advice from cover to cover. The author includes chapters on the economics (and pleasures) of gardening, as opposed to our present agribusiness, food-factory economy, which he sees as ultimately unsustainable. Other chapters treat mulching, grain gardening, water gardening, garden husbandry (raising chickens and other small animals in combination with gardening), and protecting the garden from destructive wildlife. Readers will learn how to prepare coq au vin, pigeon broth, and sweet corn; when to harvest zucchini; how to read a seed company's catalog; what kind of manure is best for making compost; and why chickens are good for peach trees. Recommended for public libraries and all libraries with alternative agriculture collections.--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames


Library Journal-
Logsdon is a farmer, writer, and longtime observer of rural America who has written more than a dozen books on farming, gardening, and country life, including At Nature's Pace (LJ 12/93) and The Contrary Farmer (LJ 4/15/94). His latest work is typical Logsdon, blending philosophy with practical advice from cover to cover. The author includes chapters on the economics (and pleasures) of gardening, as opposed to our present agribusiness, food-factory economy, which he sees as ultimately unsustainable. Other chapters treat mulching, grain gardening, water gardening, garden husbandry (raising chickens and other small animals in combination with gardening), and protecting the garden from destructive wildlife. Readers will learn how to prepare coq au vin, pigeon broth, and sweet corn; when to harvest zucchini; how to read a seed company's catalog; what kind of manure is best for making compost; and why chickens are good for peach trees. Recommended for public libraries and all libraries with alternative agriculture collections.

--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames

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