I've really enjoyed reading Growing Vegetables With a Smile, and can't quite decide if it is a gardening philosophy book or a book about philosophical gardening! There are so many things that I really connected with, from the success portion and how we are responsible for our own success and no one else's, to the historical and proven soil fertility section and our addiction to working our garden and ourselves to death.
Dr. Leonid Sharaskin is the editor of this English translation from its native Russian. He is the source for my article on Russian Dacha Gardening that has drawn so much attention. If you want to see many of the techniques that have made these tiny gardens so productive for so long, here are the resources in one book. This can be as easy and enjoyable of a read as a fiction book, but there are many points of historical agricultural wisdom that has been tested and proven in Russia for the past several hundred years for those that want to "dig deeper".
Manifest your personal growth in your garden!
Unlock your creative abilities by understanding plants and the soil, and use your garden as a model for achieving success in life. Growing Vegetables with a Smile takes you to where no other book ever has — cultivating your happiness one garden bed at a time!
One million happy gardens
Packed with practical advice on all aspects of natural growing, this uplifting volume makes the joy of a bountiful harvest accessible to all. It invites you to become a co-creator with your land, showing that gardening is as much about you as it is about cucumbers and tomatoes. You can enjoy it, dispense with hard work, and make plants happy and productive all at the same time.
“Give me some dirt to plant a paradise garden!”
Internationally best-selling author Nikolay Kurdyumov shares his gardening wisdom gained from a lifetime of experience and rediscovered permaculture texts of a hundred years ago. His humor and positive attitude are contagious. You will feel like running into your backyard, sticking seeds into the soil, and then... growing with your plants!
Over 150 illustrations, including full-color
In Lieu of an Introduction
How to read this book
A Brief Course in Garden Successology Or What Constitutes Freedom?
General principles from becoming successful
Are you friends with your garden?
The key to permaculture
A Tale About How Love of Hard Work Destroyed Soil Fertility
A very brief history of agriculture
The "new" system of farming of Ivan Ovinsky
The dynamic self-identity of plants
What nourishes plants
Four conditions of fertility
Principles of sowing and Ovsinsky's farm equipment
Why we dig?
How to Improve Fertility Or A Short Course in Soil Cultivation
Forms of organic matter
What can be composted?
How do you compost it all?
How to use organic matter wisely
Even manure can become wiser!
Mulch and other coverings for garden beds
Mulch to suppress weeds and clear new ground
Green manures: the most natural soil amendment
On the grass rotation system of Vasily Williams
The key point about soil exhaustion
Not by hoe alone!
Well, if you must dig, then...
A breif summary of sensible agriculture
Beds With Varying Degrees of "Intelligence" Or Growing Vegetables in a Very Small Space
Vegetable bins: ten years later
Narrow beds and narrow bins
Trenches are narrow beds for hot climates
Holes- the apotheosis of lazy vegetable gardening
Arbors, fences and southern walls
Pyramids and umbrellas
The bottom line
Narrow Beds and Trenches Or A Garden With Almost No Problems
Building narrow beds
Sowing and transplanting in narrow beds
Intelligent Gardening - A Bird's-eye View Or An Attempt to Combine the Rational With the Beautiful
How many and which kinds of beds you need
Basic design principles for gardens
A garden's beauty is in it's purposefulness
Better One Time to See...
How to Make Plantings Denser or Considerations For Those Who Love Combinations
Some thoughts on the "Square Foot"
Triangles are better
An "amphitheater" of vegetables
Strips are easiest!
The simplest interplanting
But do they want to live together?
A conveyer belt of vegetables
Examples of successful intercropping
Freedom Lost Or A Tale About Digging Down to the Roots
An anatomy of our problems
Life is struggle!
Stability equals reliability
Circumstances are stronger than we are
Endurance and hard work grind stones into dust
"I live for the sake of others..."
Science is smarter than we are
Gardening myths of our times
Fertilizing and Watering Intelligent Beds Or How to Feed and Water Plants Without Causing Harm
Why plants transpire water
What we can do
What plants eat
Do we need mineral fertilizers?
Fertilizing, stimulating and watering - all at the same time
The Benefits of Plastic Or A Tale About How to Deceive Winter
Experience of American growers
Basic principles of "intelligent greenhouses"
In Care of Our Young Or A Tale About Seeds and Seedlings
A seed is already a plant
Principles of sowing
Meeting Pests With a Smile Or A Tale About How We Abuse Our Plants
Intelligent tank mixtures
The mishmosh effect
The enemy of my enemy is my friend?
The despicable duo
Reflections on genetic engineering
Mushrooms popping up in a summer shower
Plants protect each other
Vegetable Misellanea Or Notes on the Potential of Plants and the Ingenuity of Gardeners
Once again about desire and ability
Tomatoes and Company
Carrots and Parsnips
Beans and asparagus beans
Key points about culinary herbs