I have to add the page numbers and proof several more times. Then I have to look for the pictures I want to use on the cover and design that. Then I can get it to the printers!
The title of the book is Organic Gardening – Cutting through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening.
It’s coming in at about 240 pages. There are 9 Sections.
The 1st Section is a primer to prepare the reader for the rest of the book. The next 4 Sections cover Cutting Through the Hype on the topics Watering, Framed Raised Beds, Compost and Soil Tests. The next 3 Sections cover the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening: Soil Preparation, Adding Organic Material, and Mulching. The last section, Section 9 is entitled Telling You What I Told You and Other Stuff.
Below is a cut and paste of the Introduction and the Table of Contents so you can really get an idea of what the book will be.
It’s getting very close to being ready for the printers and I want it to be the best it can be. I value your input tremendously and will welcome any feedback you have.
CUT AND PASTE FROM THE BOOK:
When I started gardening 36 years ago, I knew nothing about gardening. All I had was a shovel and a hand tool. I got a few plants and I was on my way.
Sure, there were lots of things I didn’t know. Fortunately, it didn’t matter. I looked to nature and tried to mimic her the best I knew how and I was successful. Like every gardener I had failures from time to time. But I had far more successes.
I’ve learned over the years what is needed and what is hype. My knowledge comes from first hand experience and observation as opposed to just theoretical knowledge that comes from reading only.
I can assure you there are basically 3 simple things that guarantee a successful garden. I’ll explain all three in detail in this book. I’ll cover cutting through the hype of 4 popular things that you don’t have to fuss with unless you want to. In addition I’ll give you real life examples and stories to encourage you and cheer you on.
I’ve been digging in the dirt and depending on the outcome to feed myself and my husband for 36 years. During that time I also marketed my produce and fed a lot of other folks too.
If you have a bit of ground that you can dig in and want to have an organic garden, I can show you how to be successful.
Will I tell you everything there is to know about gardening? Of course not. If you garden for 100 years there will always be something else to learn.
But if you want to get started on the road to a beautiful and great garden that will produce for you without a lot of things to learn and buy — I can help you.
Table of Contents
Section I – To Better Prepare You for What’s to Follow
Chapter 1 – Organic Gardening – What It’s About
Chapter 2 – 3 Simple Keys to Guarantee a Successful Garden
Chapter 3 – Before Marketing as We Know It
Chapter 4 – The Secret to the 3 keys to Successful Gardening
Chapter 5 – Setting the Tone
Chapter 6 – The Path Less Traveled
Section II – Watering – Cutting Through the Hype
Chapter 1 – Should You Garden if You Can’t Water?
Chapter 2 – How Much/What Kind?
Chapter 3 – Disproving the Myth That You “Have to Water” to Garden.
Chapter 4 – But What if My Plants Wilt?
Chapter 5 – Things to Consider if You’re Able to Water Your Garden
Section III – Framed Raised Beds – Cutting Through the Hype
Chapter 1 – What Are They?
Chapter 2 – Advantages Without the Extra Labor and Costs
Chapter 3 – The Disadvantages of Framed/Contained Beds
Chapter 4 – Getting the Advantages and Avoiding the Disadvantages
Chapter 5 – A Time for Everything – Including Framed Raised Beds
Chapter 6 – What to Keep in Mind
Section IV – Compost – Cutting Through the Hype
Chapter 1 – What Is It?
Chapter 2 – Importance of Compost
Chapter 3 – Compost Piles
Chapter 4 – Want Something Easy?
Chapter 5 – Other Ways to Compost
Chapter 6 – You Can’t Fail
Section V – Soil Tests – Cutting Through the Hype
Chapter 1 – The Pros and Cons
Chapter 2 – Some of My Findings
Chapter 3 – What is Brix?
Chapter 4 – My Preferred Method of Correcting Soil
Chapter 5 – When a Soil Test Might Be a Good Investment
Chapter 6 – How to Take a Soil Test
Chapter 7 – Keep This in Mind
Section VI – Soil Preparation – The First Key
Chapter 1 – The First Key – Loosening the Soil Deeply
Chapter 2 – Don’t Have Time?
Chapter 3 – Before You Dig
Chapter 4 – 8 Steps to Proper Soil Preparation
Chapter 5 – How Long Should You Wait to Plant?
Chapter 6 – Repeated Hoeing and Plowing/Discing – Why Is It Bad for Your Soil?
Chapter 7 – Repeated Tilling and Hoeing – Their Effect on Organic Matter
Section VII – Adding Organic Material – The Second Key
Chapter 1 – The Second Key to Success in Gardening
Chapter 2 – What Organic Materials Should You Use?
Chapter 3 – Residual Herbicides
Chapter 4 – Compost From Compost Facilities
Chapter 5 – Is It Possible to Find Good Stuff?
Chapter 6 – Increasing Your Chances
Chapter 7 – A Big Dose of Encouragement
Chapter 8 – Ingredients for Your Own Compost
Chapter 9 – About Manures
Chapter 10 – Being Aware
Chapter 11 – Safer Bet Organic Materials
Chapter 12 – How Much is Enough?
Chapter 13 – Incorporate Biomass into the Soil or Leave on Top of the Soil?
Chapter 14 – The Value of Cover Crops
Chapter 15 – Cover Crops/(and All Garden Information) – Staying Out of Overwhelm
Chapter 16 – Want More Reasons to Use Cover Crops?
Chapter 17 – Getting Started with Cover Crops
Section VIII – Mulching – The Third Key
Chapter 1 – Mulch?/Synergy?
Chapter 2 – Organic Mulch or Non-Organic Mulch
Chapter 3 – Are You Starting to See The Interaction of the 3 Keys
Chapter 4 – Connecting the First 2 Keys to the Third
Chapter 5 – List of Mulches
Chapter 6 – Why I Recommend Straw Rather Than Hay
Chapter 7 – Leaves – Gold to Your Garden
Chapter 8 – Pine Needles
Chapter 9 – Crop or Plant Residue
Chapter 10 – Cover Crops
Chapter 11 – Seaweed
Chapter 12 – Grass Clippings
Chapter 13 – Weeds – Using Them to Benefit Your Garden
Chapter 14 – Wood Chips
Chapter 15 – Wood Derivatives
Chapter 16 – Peat Moss
Chapter 17 – Inorganic Mulches
Chapter 18 – How to Get the Most Out of Mulching
Chapter 19 – Bugs and Disease – Hiding in the Mulch?
Chapter 20 – Is Mulch Responsible for Slugs?
Chapter 21 – How Mulching Will Increase Your Yield
Chapter 22 – 9 Reasons to Mulch Your Garden Paths
Chapter 23 – In Case You’re Still Wondering About My Kitchen Scraps
Chapter 24 – The Truth about Voles – Moles – Mice – Shrews and Mulch
Chapter 25 – Know Your Enemy (Rodents)
Section IX – Telling You What I Told You and Other Stuff
Chapter 1 – Positioning of Garden Beds/Rows
Chapter 2 – My Farewell Summary Chat
Chapter 3 – Your Focus Will Determine Your Outcome
Chapter 4 – Will Everything You Plant Be Successful?
Chapter 5 – A Trap Anyone Can Fall Into
Chapter 6 – A Guarantee?
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