Are you tired of throwing away time, energy, and money on a perfectly manicured, water-guzzling, weed-producing lawn? Are you longing to feed your family in more healthful and eco-friendly ways but shocked by organic produce prices at the grocery store? Do you fantasize about growing your own food but hesitate to take on more than you can manage?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time for you to get down and dirty--and take the plunge that will please your taste buds and your pocket-book In "Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening," Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan will help you turn your sprawling suburban acreage or postage stamp-sized plot into a low-impact, all-organic, totally sustainable produce garden.
You'll learn about the most effective natural fertilizers, drought-resistant cultivation methods, pest-repellent companion plantings, trends in heirloom herb and vegetable varieties, and raised-bed techniques for achieving maximum productivity in a limited space. You can even add a cutting garden so you'll always have fresh flowers on a kitchen table that's groaning under the weight of incomparably fresh vegetables seasoned with a variety of home-grown herbs.
Whether you're filling a 10' x 10' sandbox or digging up your 3,000-square-foot tennis court, "any" yard has the potential to produce a multi-crop bonanza. And anyone with a little soil and a lot of heart can do it.
About the Author
A leading expert in herbs, Sal Gilbertie is the president of Gilbertie's Herb Gardens, Inc., of Westport (where he holds year-round decorating workshops) and Easton, Connecticut, where he resides. An herb supplier to garden centers across the country, his business is a family affair--his wife, Marie, and his four children are involved in the operation as well. Sal's books include: Herbs for the Holidays, Home Gardening at Its Best, Herb Gardening at Its Best and Kitchen Herbs, which received an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award. Sal has appeared on many television and radio shows, including Martha Stewart Living, Home Matters on the Discovery Channel, and the Home Show on the Lifetime Channel.
Larry Sheehan has a long list of writing credits that includes newspapers, magazines, television documentaries, and dozens of books, among them the best-selling Living with Dogs and The Sporting Life.
“One of life’s great pleasures is a delicious meal prepared with fresh, organic produce from your own garden. Whether you have a real garden or just a window box, I can think of no better guide to creating a sustainable herb and vegetable garden than Sal Gilberti. For more than 30 years, I have turned to Sal for healthy, productive plants and, with this useful and informative book, he can help you, too, cultivate your garden.”
--Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.