Written by
Holly Deyo

81⁄2 x 11", 167pp, E-book
March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9727688-6-3
Over 130 Photos!

About Garden Gold

Table of Contents

About the Author

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Garden Gold equips you with the knowledge to have 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 the 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 need fertilizers or chemicals. This eliminates one avenue where poisons get into our bodies. Nutrient-rich Super Soil is naturally loose so there's no backbreaking tilling and plants thrive!

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

Garden Gold is filled with lots of 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.

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! [back]

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
A Little Poo with Your Salad?
Home Gardens: Clearly Better For You
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
4 Special Ingredients
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
No Browns? - Do Worms
Worm Composting – 5 Easy Steps
Be A Gracious Host
Life Span
Collecting The Rewards
Using Worm Compost
Winter Composting
7: Mix It Up!
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?
Laying Out Your Raised Beds
9: Jumpstart 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
Head Start: Grow Seedlings to Transplant
Frost / Freeze Dates
Hardening Off Transplants
10: Starting the Garden
Cold Crops, Warm Crops
Planting Dates Based on Relative Frost Dates
Figuring Fall Planting Dates
11: Early Planting
Row Covers
Clear Plastic Mulch
Plant Protecting Teepees
Extended Growing Season
12: Weather Protection
Row Covers
Floating Row Covers
Plastic Row Covers
Weighty Issues
12: Weather Protection (Cont.)
Feel The Burn
All Stressed Out
Shade Cloth
13: Pollination
14: Insect and Pest Protection

Row Covers
Pluck the Pest
Organic Pesticides
Homemade Pesticides
Border Patrol
Simply Shocking!
15: Harvesting Fruits of Your Labor
When to Harvest
16: In the Beginning, There Was…the Seed
Getting to the Root of It
Terms of Confusion
Quickie Definitions
What's Wrong With Hybrids?
The Terminator
17: The Art of Seed Saving
First Fruits
When to Collect Seeds
Storing Seeds
Burying Seeds Outside
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
18: Fall Cleanup
19: Resources Guide

Worms, Bins and Castings
Shade Cloth
Wood Durability
Growing Strawberries
Sun, Water and Fertilizer
Run Away Runners
Animal Control
Harvesting Berries
Frost – Winter Care
Plant pH Reference List
When to Start Seeds and Seedlings
Last Spring Frost Map – US, 48 States
Fall Frost Map – USA, 48 States
Last Spring Frost – Alaska
First Fall Frost – Alaska
Last Spring Frost – Hawaii
First Fall Frost – Hawaii
Plant Hardiness Zones – US, 48 States
Plant Hardiness Zones – Alaska
Plants Hardiness Zones – Hawaii
Plant Hardiness Zones – Western Canada
Plant Hardiness Zones – Eastern Canada
Average Frost Dates for Canada
USDA Hardiness Zones – Old Version
Companion Plants
Companion Herbs
Heat Factor of Chilies (in Scoville Units)
Bibliography and Endnotes