ORDERS $50 OR MORE RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING!*

Your Personal Guide to a Healthy Life

At Mother Earth News, our main priority is providing our members and subscribers a service we can be proud of. That is why we are working diligently to bring you a new and improved shopping experience. While we continue to prepare this brand new site for launch, we invite you to explore the Mother Earth Living store—a member of the Mother Earth News family that shares many of the natural, sustainable lifestyle values you have come to expect from the Mother Earth News brand.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD GARDENS
SUSTAINABLE FOOD GARDENS

SUSTAINABLE FOOD GARDENS

Dismantle your gardening myths. Grow a garden grounded in fact.

Edible landscaping pioneer Robert Kourik deftly guides the reader through the mysteries of growing plants and designing landscapes in temperate climates and suburbs, and the use of all-natural, sustainable methods to grow and maintain a healthy variety of plants.

Would you like to garden without digging, composting, buying fertilizers, spraying with pesticides, or lamenting low yields?

If so, Sustainable Food Gardening is the book you’ve been waiting for, with over 450 pages, 13 chapters, and 487 color photos, illustrations, charts, and graphs. Author Robert Kourik began his career in natural landscape design and maintenance in 1974, with one of the first sustainably oriented organic gardening businesses in the country.

In Sustainable Food Gardening, you’ll learn to:

  • Design your own “edible landscapes.”
  • Use no-till techniques to preserve the integrity of your soil
  • Adapt your growing space to fit into a wide range of USDA garden zones
  • Review alternative ways to change “guilds’ (well-intended clusters of trees and shrubs jumbled together) to more effective and labor-saving plantings.
  • Grow new kinds of beautiful and productive Victory gardens
  • Plant Native American “Three-Sisters” gardens that actually work 
  • Learn many myths about roots, and what to do to help them thrive
  • Attract many beneficial insects to your garden with strategic flower plantings

Here are some of the other topics covered in-depth: 

  • Rainwater catchment/cisterns.
  • Hügelkulturs (do you really need to raise garden beds filled with rotten wood?).
  • Options for better, faster ways to maximize and improve soil.
  • “Dynamic accumulation”—a myth with some useful guidelines.
  • Avoiding hours of tree-pruning and encouraging fruiting with a few dozen clothespins.
  • Clever ways to install and simplify drip irrigation
  • Using plants to lure good insects that prey upon pests.
  • Promoting beneficial soil life.
  • Adding food crops to a native-looking landscape.

In Sustainable Food Gardening you’ll learn how to achieve that Holy Grail of gardening—productivity, tasty food, and a beautiful, sustainable garden, yard, or landscape.

View Details
MOTHER EARTH NEWS POCKET GARDEN PLANNER
MOTHER EARTH NEWS POCKET GARDEN PLANNER
MOTHER EARTH NEWS POCKET GARDEN PLANNER
MOTHER EARTH NEWS POCKET GARDEN PLANNER

MOTHER EARTH NEWS POCKET GARDEN PLANNER

This unique chart presents gardening events in a "time-phased" format so that it’s possible to see at a glance the entire planting, growing, and harvesting period. It shows proper indoor and outdoor planting times relative to spring and fall frost dates for 22 common garden vegetables. Because frost dates vary from region to region, the chart slides, making it useful in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere where frost is a critical gardening factor. The front of the chart shows the spring season, and the other side acts as a guide for fall gardeners. Frost dates are included in the directions. This planner is a must-have for new gardeners!

View the video below to see how it works!

View Details
Liquid error: Could not find asset snippets/appstle-subscription-helper.liquid