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The City People's Book of Raising Food

The City People's Book of Raising Food

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The City People's Book of Raising Foodby Helga & William OlkowskiContentsINTRODUCTIONChapter 1WE START OUR GARDENChapter 2URBAN EDEN? OR, WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE CITY?Chapter 3DOING THE BEST WITH WHERE YOU AREClimate, Microclimate, and MiniclimateTemperatureWindLightChapter 4WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT JUST PLAIN DIRT?How Soil HappensSoil CharacterSoil TextureA Touch Test for Your SoilWhy Does Texture Matter?MulchingRules on WateringStructureHow to Improve the Structure of Your SoilChapter 5WHY COMPOST?Methods, Slow and FastThe Way We Do ItChoosing a Location and Making BinsCollecting the MaterialsHow Much Dry to How Much Green or Fresh Material?Building the PileTurning the PileUsing CompostChapter 6WHAT DO PLANTS NEED?See Hopk n's Cafe!The Mysteries of pH or Soil AcidityWhat Have You Got?NitrogenRecognizing DeficienciesChapter 7CARROTS OR BOK CHOY? -- DECIDING WHAT TO GROWNot Much Space?Time: A Big VillainPreserving Food While Preserving the Planet Quantity, or CountingCalories
QualityChapter 8STARTING WITH SEEDSHow To Study Seed CatalogsSaving Your Own SeedsPlanting IndoorsMaterialsProcedureOutdoorsWhen and How to TransplantTransplanting Trees: An AsideGarlic Cloves, Tubers, and Other PossibilitiesChapter 9MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE NEIGHBORS, OR ADVENTURES WITH CHICKENS, RABBITS,BEES, AND WORMSChickens or Manure, Eggs and ThoughtsHaving the Birds on WireHaving the Birds on the GroundFeeds and FoodsSelecting BreedsBaby ChicksOther DetailsHarvestingMeat RabbitsHutchesFeeders and WaterersBuying and SexingBreedingFeedingButcheringTanningOther Sources of InformationBeesAn Ant-Proof Hive StandBees and DiseasesSources of InformationRaising EarthwormsChapter 10MANAGING WILDLIFE IN THE URBAN GARDENWildlife in the CityEntomophobiaNatural ControlsCarnivorous Insects: Parasites and PredatorsAnother Look at InsecticidesThree R's and an SThe First R = ResidueThe Second R = ResurgenceS for "Secondary Pest Outbreak"The Third R = ResistanceWhat the City of Berkeley DidAn Integrated Control ProgramBiological Control in the Urban GardenResistant PlantsWhat Should You Do?
Chapter 11WE TAKE TO THE ROOFContainer GardeningDrainageThe Problems of Weight and WearA Meat and Greens SystemChapter 12HOW ABOUT A COMMUNITY GARDEN?Chapter 13CONFESSIONS OF TWO CRAZY ENVIRONMENTALISTSLong-Term Survival StrategiesUrban Agriculture: Reasons WhyLife Style ChangesLawns: "What for Art Thou?"The FutureWhy Crazy?INDEXIntroductionI have always wanted to live on a farm. But I have always lived in thecity. In this country, most people live in cities. In fact, all over theworld, with a few excep-tions, the trend is towards urbanization.City people are a funny lot. They don't spend much time thinking aboutwhat keeps them alive-their life-support systems. There was a time when Ididn't think about it much either. Oh, of course, I knew people need airto breathe, water to drink, and food to eat. But fresh air was obviouslyfree and available and I didn't worry about the water that came throughthe pipes to my house, or the food that I bought at the store. If thevegetables and meats looked attractive, if they were a reasonable price,if they didn't look too hard to prepare, I bought them, took them home,prepared and ate them.Well, we're all a bit more sophisticated now. We've heard about pesticideresidues on foods, fertilizers contaminating water, lead in the air webreathe, the energy crisis, and other environmental disasters. If you arelike me, you may have reached a point where the list is too long andupset-ting to confront. You don't want to hear about another problemunless at the same time someone suggests what you can do about it. Thisis such a book-about the prob-lem of producing food for city people andwhat you can do about it.Consider the tomato. It takes large amounts of energy to produce thesynthetic fertilizers used by the tomato farm-er. Fossil fuels areheavily involved in modern agricultural technology and in the productionof pesticides that such farming methods may seem to demand. Fossil fuelenergy is also necessary to bring the tomato to the store where it issold. How many of us walked home with our groceries this week? No doubtmost used a car to bring the tomato to the kitchen, thus doing our bitdirectly toward energy consumption and air pollution, too.And at the end of all that environmentally disastrous activity, what havewe got? A tomato that hasn't seen the farm in many a day, a variety witha skin tough enough to withstand lots of mechanical handling, hopefullywith pesticide residues below the FDA allowable tolerances. Nothingexactly to cheer about.So what's a city person to do? Grow some of your own. I think that onecan grow a good deal of food in the city, and have fun doing it. It was

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