The Tao of Vegetable Gardening is organised into chapters that echo fundamental Taoist concepts: Balance, Flexibility, Honouring the Essential Nature (your own and that of your plants), Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing. Yet the book also offers a wealth of specific and valuable garden advice on topics as diverse as:
- The Eat-All Greens Garden, a labor- and space-efficient way to provide all the greens a family can eat, freeze, and dry – all on a tiny piece of land suitable for small-scale and urban gardeners.
- The growing problem of late blight and the future of heirloom tomatoes – and what gardeners can do to avoid problems, and even create new resistant varieties.
- Establishing a Do-It-Yourself Seed Bank, including information on preparing seeds for long-term storage and how to “dehybridise” hybrids.
- Twenty four good places to not plant a tree, and thirty-seven good reasons for not planting various vegetables.
Designed for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to experienced growers, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening provides a unique frame of reference: a window to the world of nature, in the garden and in ourselves.
Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback, 288 pages