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How to Grow More VegetablesAbout the book

Grow on less land! Using far less water!
With less fertilizer and energy overall!

If there is one book that has dramatically changed the way people garden, it is How To Grow More Vegetables*, * than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine (Ten Speed Press) by John Jeavons.

Now, with the recent release of the eighth edition of How To Grow More Vegetables, the best book on GROW BIOINTENSIVE® gardening just got even better. Whether you have an older edition or have never read this book before, the new improved 8th edition with a foreward by Alice Waters is the gardening book you need and will come back to time and time again.


Why use sustainable GROW BIOINTENSIVE gardening methods?

Because it simply works better -- for now and for the future. Not only will you get higher yields with far less space, but by using the sustainable GROW BIOINTENSIVE method taught in How To Grow More Vegetables, you will actually build the soil in your garden, instead of depleting it, and conserve water, too.

Gardening with this method you will use:

  • 67% to 88% less water,
  • 50% less purchased organic fertilizer, while creating a
  • 100% increase in soil fertility!

Readers' comments

  • "A masterpiece."
    - Alan Chadwick

  • ". . . possibly the most detailed explanation of the Intensive gardening method available!' - The New York Times

  • "The Jeavons' approach has done more to solve poverty and misery than anything else we've done."
    -Robert Bergland, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

  • "One of the great American gardening books."
    - Agri-Topics

  • "... the talk of the dirt-under-the-nails set."
    - The Washington Post


About the author

John Jeavons is a master gardener and ecologist. He is the director of Ecology Action, a non-profit environmental research and educational organization which was formed in 1970 and is located in the mountains of Northern California. Ecology Action has helped revolutionize sustainable gardening and mini-farming around the world.

Jeavons has twice been nominated for the World Food Prize, and has received numerous other awards. A graduate of Yale University, he is the author and editor of over 30 publications. He and Ecology Action have been featured in the PBS programs "Circle of Plenty" and "Market to Market."

"The Jeavons approach has done more to solve poverty and misery than anything else we've done."
- Robert Bergland, Former U. S. Sec. of Agriculture


What's new in this edition?

This is the book that helped revolutionize food production around the world, as well as in our backyard gardens. This edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with a foreword chef Alice Waters and new information on harvesting, rotating crops, composting and fertilizing, and a vast and varied resources selection. Yes, it is possible to grow fresh vegetables for a family of four on the front lawn!

Changes large and small have been made throughout the 8th edition. Perhaps the most important change is the renovation of the Master Charts: in previous editions of the book, each set of 20 crops was displayed across four pages, requiring the planner to flip back and forth to get all the information. In the new edition, crops are displayed in sets of 10, and are placed on two facing pages, which makes it easier to see all the information at once, and hopefully helps make garden planning a more enjoyable experience! Another major update is the consolidation of the sample garden plan from 20 to 9 pages to render it more approachable. The bibliography has been removed from the print version and is updated and available online (click here to see it). And to round out the DIY gardening experience, we have added a list of useful gardening tools and plans on how to build them.

Everyone who has used and enjoyed previous editions owes it to themselves and their gardens to have this book. The best thing any gardener can do for their garden! “...possibly the most detailed explanation of the Intensive gardening method available.”-The New York Times


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