Growing Vegetables With A Smile by Nikolay Kurdyumov

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Growing Vegetables With a Smile is either a gardening philosophy book or a book about philosophical gardening, I can't quite decide! 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

420 pages

Contents

In Lieu of an Introduction

Hello!

How to read this book

Chapter 1

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

Chapter 2

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?

Chapter 3

How to Improve Fertility Or A Short Course in Soil Cultivation

Forms of organic matter

Compost

What can be composted?

How do you compost it all?

How to use organic matter wisely

Even manure can become wiser!

Compost tea

Earthworm essentials

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

Chapter 4

Beds With Varying Degrees of "Intelligence" Or Growing Vegetables in a Very Small Space

Vegetable bins: ten years later

Raised beds

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

Chapter 5

Narrow Beds and Trenches Or A Garden With Almost No Problems

Building narrow beds

Sowing and transplanting in narrow beds

Chapter 6

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...

(Photo Section)

Chapter 7

How to Make Plantings Denser or Considerations For Those Who Love Combinations

Some thoughts on the "Square Foot"

Triangles are better

Interplanting vertically

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

Chapter 8

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

Chapter 9

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

Some microbiology

Chapter 10

The Benefits of Plastic Or A Tale About How to Deceive Winter

Experience of American growers

Basic principles of "intelligent greenhouses"

Chaper 11

In Care of Our Young Or A Tale About Seeds and Seedlings

A seed is already a plant

Principles of sowing

Transplanting subtleties

Chapter 12

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

Chapter 13

Vegetable Misellanea Or Notes on the Potential of Plants and the Ingenuity of Gardeners

Once again about desire and ability

Tomatoes and Company

Cucumbers

Squash

Potatoes

Yams

Radishes

Carrots and Parsnips

Onion

Lettuce

Black Salsify

Beans and asparagus beans

Corn

Key points about culinary herbs

Glossary

Index

Full Description

Growing Vegetables With a Smile is either a gardening philosophy book or a book about philosophical gardening, I can't quite decide! 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

420 pages

Contents

In Lieu of an Introduction

Hello!

How to read this book

Chapter 1

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

Chapter 2

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?

Chapter 3

How to Improve Fertility Or A Short Course in Soil Cultivation

Forms of organic matter

Compost

What can be composted?

How do you compost it all?

How to use organic matter wisely

Even manure can become wiser!

Compost tea

Earthworm essentials

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

Chapter 4

Beds With Varying Degrees of "Intelligence" Or Growing Vegetables in a Very Small Space

Vegetable bins: ten years later

Raised beds

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

Chapter 5

Narrow Beds and Trenches Or A Garden With Almost No Problems

Building narrow beds

Sowing and transplanting in narrow beds

Chapter 6

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...

(Photo Section)

Chapter 7

How to Make Plantings Denser or Considerations For Those Who Love Combinations

Some thoughts on the "Square Foot"

Triangles are better

Interplanting vertically

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

Chapter 8

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

Chapter 9

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

Some microbiology

Chapter 10

The Benefits of Plastic Or A Tale About How to Deceive Winter

Experience of American growers

Basic principles of "intelligent greenhouses"

Chaper 11

In Care of Our Young Or A Tale About Seeds and Seedlings

A seed is already a plant

Principles of sowing

Transplanting subtleties

Chapter 12

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

Chapter 13

Vegetable Misellanea Or Notes on the Potential of Plants and the Ingenuity of Gardeners

Once again about desire and ability

Tomatoes and Company

Cucumbers

Squash

Potatoes

Yams

Radishes

Carrots and Parsnips

Onion

Lettuce

Black Salsify

Beans and asparagus beans

Corn

Key points about culinary herbs

Glossary

Index

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