Written by
Holly Deyo


81/2 x 11", 286pp, E-book
March 2012
ISBN:
978-0-9727688-6-3
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Garden Gold equips you with the knowledge for a superior space-saving garden wherever there's sunshine. You'll grow more fruits and veggies with less time and effort spent, yet with more taste and nutrition than you ever thought possible. It will spoil you having to eat commercial produce again!

Stan and I have gardened for many years using a variety of techniques. We are convinced that biointensive gardening practiced by the ancient Chinese makes the best sense. Biointensive just means that a lot of food is grown in a small area. Garden Gold shows you how to do it – with modern improvements.

Who has time (or inclination) to weed and many of us lack the room for traditional huge gardens. All we want are healthy, flavorful fruits and vegetables with TASTE instead of cardboard imitations.

By using the special Super Soil recipe you won't tons of fertilizers or chemicals. This eliminates one avenue where poisons enter our bodies. Nutrient-rich Super Soil is naturally loose so there's no backbreaking tilling and plants thrive! In Garden Gold 2010, a special ingredient was added to Super Soil's formula. It performs miracles and costs only pennies.

Garden Gold is primarily written for Americans and Canadians – in US and metric measurements, but anyone can use these techniques. You'll just need to locate suppliers, and the revised climate and zone maps for your country.

Garden Gold lists over 350 suppliers with their contact information and websites. You'll spend less time hunting for open-pollinated seeds and supplies, which leaves you more time to get your plants going.

Access to open-pollination seeds is especially important when you see how completely 6 companies have taken over most of the world's supply. A full-size, high resolution image of the Seed Industry pictured below is included in Garden Gold. You can see just how bad this problem is and which companies to avoid.


There's no time to waste in starting seeds and to get your beds ready – especially since this is going to be a hotter-than-normal summer for much the U.S.

Garden Gold is filled with over 230 photos and easy to understand instructions. It takes you from seed starting on through harvest. It's filled with dozens of time-saving tips and plenty of information how to foil foul weather and beat bad bugs. It also shows you clever ways that lets you start gardens early and extend them for several months into cold weather. It's written in plain English so even those who've never grown a tomato will find it easy to do.

Twenty-seven chapters listed in the click-to Table of Contents give you everything you need to know for an outstanding garden.

If you plant an extra bed, you'll have plenty of produce for canning and to share with neighbors, or to sell for added income. When friends taste your vine-ripened veggies and see you've made extra cash in the process, they'll want to mine their own Garden Gold!

Changes to the 2012 edition

in the Table of Contents, the most important tables and charts which you'll use year after year are designated in green italics for easy locating.

A hugely destructive insect – the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – is marching westward across the U.S. from Pennsylvania, has been added to the Insect I.D. chapter. As of March 2011, it had already infiltrated 33 states and it's on the move. Currently no insecticides kill it without killing all the good bugs too. This is an insect to need to watch for as early removal before it gets a foothold is the best medicine.

Fertilizing tips have been added to the Master Growing Chart to keep all vital info at your fingertips in one convenient chart.

One of the nicest features of the Garden Gold 2012 is updated, full color, high resolution maps of the new Plant Hardiness Zones. There's one color-coded map for each state and Puerto Rico. Each map has major cities designated so finding your exact location is a snap. The last information the USDA released was over 20 years ago and with our changing climate, it's important to see the differences. The old map is still included so you can see the effect of climate changes.

Free updates

The primary reason Garden Gold is presented as an E-Book is it allows timely updates for seed suppliers, worm castings, rock dust and other resources provided. As economic times have grown tighter, companies have changed locations, cut out website presences and still others have changed their web address and contact details. It was surprising to see how much had changed since the 2010 edition. To keep this information current nearly demands this book is not in hard cover.

Updates of future editions are free to purchasers of the 2010 e-book. Just login with your email and password to this address: [back]

Happy Growing!
Holly






(Abridged) Table of Contents

1: Raised Beds: Get More for Less
Benefits of Raised Gardens
2: Enjoying Nature's Best
3: Poisoned Progress

Pesticides in Grocery Fruits & Vegetables
Health Issues and Pesticides
Superweeds
A Little Poo with Your Salad?
Home Gardens: Clearly Better for You
Culprits
Go Organic
4: Building a Better Box
Materials Needed
Wood Selection
Materials to Avoid
Other Options
Building a Raised Bed
String Along
5: The Secret of Successful Raised Beds
5 Special Ingredients
What is it?
The Old Is New Again
More Benefits
Depleted Land
Super Soil + ? - a Natural
Nature's Supply
6: Make Your Own Compost
Basic Composting
Compost's Big 4
What Goes Into Compost
5 Easy Composting Steps
Preventing Pests
Uninvited 4-Legged Guests
Uninvited Winged Guests
Compost "Recipes"
Is It Compost Yet?
You Know It's Ready When
Where To Use Compost
Winter Composting
No Browns? - Do Worms
Worm Composting - 5 Easy Steps
Be A Gracious Host
Life Span
Collecting the Rewards
Using Worm Compost
Troubleshooting
7: Mix It Up!
Overview
How to Mix
For a Single Box
Mix For Multiple Boxes
How Much Super Soil Is Needed?
Measuring Super Soil
8: How Much to Plant
Oops! Did I Plant Too Much?
Vertical Gardening
Laying Out Your Raised Beds
9: Jump-start Your Garden Indoors
Starting Your Seeds
Germination Test Sprouting Containers
Seed Starting Medium
Damping-Off Disease
Seed Soaking = Faster Germination
Sow On
Germinating Temperature
Water, Gift of Life
Light
Thinning
Labels
Fertilizer
10: Getting Seedlings Ready to Transplant
Moving Day!
Hardening Off Transplants
11: Starting the Garden
Cold Crops, Warm Crops
Frost / Freeze Dates
Master Planting Chart
Master Planting Chart - Herbs
Spring Fever
Figuring Fall Planting Dates
Keeping Crops Rolling
12: Early Planting
Row Covers
Clear Plastic Mulch
Plant Protecting Teepees
Options
Extended Growing Season
13: Growing Tips for Arctic and Sub-arctic Regions
Too Much of a Good Thing
Getting Busy
Dirty Cold. Brrrr.
Solutions
Seeds for Northern Climes
Rocky Mountain High
Easy Growers

14: Weather Protection
Frost
Row Covers
Floating Row Covers
Plastic Row Covers
Weighty Issues
Wind
Feel the Burn
All Stressed Out
Shade Cloth
To Use
Chemtrails
15: Pollination
16: Insect and Pest Protection

Prevention
Row Covers
Cure
Pluck the Pest
Organic Pesticides
Homemade Pesticides
Border Patrol
Simply Shocking!
17: Insect I.D.
26 Most Common Garden Pests – Pictured
18: Harvesting Fruits of Your Labor
When to Harvest
19: In the Beginning, There Was…the Seed
Getting to the Root of It
Terms of Confusion
Quickie Definitions
What's Wrong With Hybrids?
Monsanto, Mon-satan?
The Terminator
20: The Art of Seed Saving
First Fruits
When to Collect Seeds
Cleaning
Drying
Storing Seeds
Burying Seeds Outside
How to Find Your Mean Soil Temperature
Key Takeaways for Long-Term Seed Storage
How Long Will Seeds Stay Viable?
Shelf Life of Stored Vegetable Seeds
Shelf Life of Stored Herb Seeds
21: Fall Cleanup
22: Seed Resources
US Seed Suppliers
Canadian Seed Suppliers
23: Seeds for Arctic and Sub-arctic Regions
24: Seeds Specially for High Altitude
US Worm Suppliers
Canadian Worm Suppliers
25: Worms, Bins and Castings Resources
26: Other Resources
US Suppliers
Canadian Suppliers
27: Shade Cloth Sources
APPENDIX A

Wood Durability
APPENDIX B
Growing Strawberries
Planting
Sun, Water and Fertilizer
Run Away Runners
Animal Control
Harvesting Berries
Frost - Winter Care
APPENDIX C
Plant pH Reference List
APPENDIX D
Last Spring Frost Map - US, 48 States
Fall Frost Map - USA, 48 States
Last Spring Frost
Map - Alaska
First Fall Frost
Map - Alaska
Last Spring Frost
Map - Hawaii
Firs
t Fall Frost Map - Hawaii
APPENDIX E
Plant Hardiness Zones - US Map
Plant Hardiness Zones - State Maps
APPENDIX F
Plant Hardiness Zones - Western Canada Map
Plant Hardiness Zones - Eastern Canada Map
APPENDIX G
Average Frost Dates for Canada
APPENDIX H
USDA Hardiness Zones Map - Old Version
APPENDIX I
Companion Plants
Companion Herbs
APPENDIX J
Heat Factor of Chilies (in Scoville Units)
APPENDIX K
Bibliography