Available ebook formats: epub
Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to the land ever since her parents dragged her off their family farm at the age of eight. She worked as a field biologist and nonprofit organizer before acquiring fifty-eight acres and a husband, then quit her job to homestead full time. She admits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhood memories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling and she loves pigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-till gardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing.
She also enjoys writing about the adventures, both on her blog at WaldenEffect.org, and in her books. Her first paperback, The Weekend Homesteader, helped thousands of homesteaders-to-be find ways to fit their dreams into the hours leftover from a full-time job. The Naturally Bug-Free garden, which suggests permaculture techniques of controlling pest invertebrates in the vegetable garden, is due out in spring 2015 from Skyhorse Publishing. In addition, a heaping handful of ebooks serve a similar purpose.
on Feb. 11, 2015 :
I have dozens of gardening books and this is my favorite book about getting that natural chemical free garden we all dream of.
Because she is a small farmer / homesteader her input on this subject is very real ,,,she's not just someone who interviewed others doing it and put together a book for the sake of writing a book!
This is a well organized and easy to understand book... informative and enjoyable ... as are all the other books I have of hers.
I can't wait for spring to try out some of these strategies to beat the pest off my veggies!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2015 :
Thought-provoking reasons NOT to use harsh chemicals and conventional pest control methods. Much of the information is supported by personal experience which I find to be very useful regarding this topic. Hess stresses the importance of discouraging pests by encouraging life in the garden rather than harming the good while fighting the bad.
(reviewed the day of purchase)