I’m just getting into gardening books. I recently read Perennial Vegetables which I found pretty interesting but the concept of plants that are around all of the time, taking up garden space, but only producing during one season was kind of tough. I like the idea of not having as much work to do to get a crop, but my use of perennials is still going to be limited. Fruit trees, artichokes, and maybe some sun chokes are about all I can do with my current limited space.
Which brings me to the book I’m reading now, Mini Farming. So far the book is pretty good, but the author points out that you need about 700 square feet of intensive gardening space PER PERSON to provide all of your food needs. We have six people in our house. That’s 4200 square feet of intensive beds. Wow! While I get really excited thinking about that many square foot gardening beds… I just don’t have the space. That would be 131 raised beds (4 x 8). Ouch!
On the brighter side, I had been guesstimating that we were supplying about 10% of our food needs between the garden and the chickens. We are currently at 442 square feet. I guess that kind of matches up. My planned expansion will take us to 618 square feet. That might bring us up to 15%. I was guessing and hoping for 20%, but I’d take any increase.
Is there a particular gardening book that you have found helpful?