The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques

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Fulcrum Publishing, 2003 - Gardening - 240 pages
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Drawing from his own considerable gardening experience and expertise, as well as leaning on the wisdom of the people he calls "The Zen Masters of the Western Garden," David Wann gathers a mix of stories, how-to advice, and simple, doable projects that are ideal for gardeners in the high and arid landscapes of the West. This covers topics such as strategic gardening (how to coax fruits and vegetables from a sun-parched garden), pest-proof planting, choosing the right varieties of edibles for the region, how to become a seed-starting maniac, a Farmer's Almanac approach to gardening (plant peas when the first cottonwood leaves appear!), as well as profiles of colorful local gardens and gardeners.
 

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Contents

IN ONE SHORT LIFETIME OR LESS
1
Lessons from Americas Master Farmers
9
The Politics of Gardening
17
Recipes for a Community Garden
24
Botanical Archeology
31
What Exactly Is Soil?
37
A Menu of Organic Fertilizers
43
What Natives Know
45
Winter Gardening with Cold Frames and Solar Pods
109
SECTION IV
117
Wintergreen
124
Firecrackers in Your Flowerbed
127
Landscaping for Dollars and Sense
134
Solving the Case of the Disappearing Dwarf Bulbs
141
The Ancient Art of Flower Drying and Pressing
147
A Winter Tour of the Denver Botanic Gardens
158

Sex and Death in the Garden
52
In It for the
63
Dont Let Onions Make You Cry
69
The Festival of Spears
75
Garden Pests I Have Known
83
Planting the Winter Garden
89
The Snack Food Garden
95
Learning the Language of Potatoes
102
Solar Greenhouses that Grow People
164
A Masterful Focus
171
Farms the Size of Tennis Courts?
176
A Dry Sense of Humor
190
Gardens for People Gardens for Peace
203
About the Author
220
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About the author (2003)

David Wann is a master gardener and holds a Master's degree in environmental science. He is the author of Deep Design and a co-author of the acclaimed Affluenza. He has written for Colorado Country Life magazine as well as several newspapers. He lives in a co-housing community in Golden, Colorado, where he continues to help establish a community garden and orchard.

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