How to Grow More Vegetables, Ninth Edition


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The world's leading resource on biointensive, sustainable, high-yield organic gardening is thoroughly updated throughout, with new sections on using 12 percent less water and increasing compost power.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alice Waters
Preface: Ecology Action and the Common Ground Project by The Ecology Action Staff
Introduction: Building Soil, Building the Future
1: Deep Soil Creation and Maintenance
2: Sustainability
3: The Use of Compost and Soil Fertility 2 + 1 [Low Input]
4: Fertilization
5: Open-Pollinated Seeds, Seed Propagation, Close Spacing, and Seed Saving
6: Companion Planting
7: An Interrelated Food-Raising System: Creating and Caring for A Balanced Natural Ecosystem With Insect Life 8: Master Charts and Planning
9: Sample Garden Plans
Appendix 1: Tools
Appendix 2: The Efficacy of the Grow Biointensive Method in Increasing Sustainable Yields and Building Soils Appendix 3: Ecology Action Publications
Appendix 4: Organizations
Appendix 5: Memberships and Ordering
About the Author

About the Author

JOHN JEAVONS is the director of Ecology Action, an environmental research and education organization that has been working to revolutionize small-scale food production through biointensive growing around the world since 1972. To learn more, visit


Praise for How to Grow More Vegetables:

"Possibly the most detailed explanation of the intensive gardening method available."
-New York Times

"John's methods are nothing short of miraculous."
-Alice Waters, author, Slow Food crusader, and founder of Chez Panisse

"There are two kinds of vegetable gardeners--those who garden in beds of some kind and for whom this is the ultimate foundation book, a must-read, and an essential reference. Then there are those who don't garden in beds, for whom it's still a must-read and an essential reference. The full title...actually understates the contents. The book is about how to grow pretty nearly all your food and your garden's fertilizer on a modest amount of land."
-Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times

"A masterpiece."
-Alan Chadwick, master horticulturist

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