Two questions for our readers
After a warm weekend that
began to thaw our accumulated snow, another couple of inches of snow
fell Tuesday and set back my belief that spring will actually come. The
solution? Ignore the outdoors and write!
I'm working on two
different projects at the moment, and am hoping to pick our readers'
hive mind about both. The first project is the sequel to Farmstead Feast: Winter, imaginatively titled Farmstead Feast: Spring.
Even though this is supposed to be a cookbook, spring is also the time
to be planting to ensure that you have something to cook with, so I was
considering throwing in a quick section on how much area we devote to
each vegetable variety and when we plant in order to feed the two of us
all year. But, of course, that information will be only moderately
useful to people with different diets and who live in different climates
than us. Would you find that a handy appendix at the end of the spring
cookbook, or should I stick to recipes?
Second, I'm excited to announce that my fourth paperback,
The Ultimate Guide to Soil: A Gardener's Tips and Tricks for Organic, Nutrient-Rich, DIY Humus will be hitting bookstores in spring or summer 2016! I originally tried to sell Homegrown Humus
to my publisher, but they felt like cover crops were a little too much
of a niche subject. And when my editor came up with that alternative
title, I couldn't resist saying that I'd expand the book to include much
more than the topic I'd written about so far.
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I'm planning on keeping The Ultimate Guide to Soil
much more hands-on than all of the soil books I've been perusing in
order to educate myself about the topic, so I'm devoting perhaps half of
the book to less mainstream methods home gardeners use to build the
soil. In addition to cover crops, I've planned sections on
remineralization, traditional compost, manure, bokashi, worm bins, black
soldier flies, compost tea, hugelkultur, biochar, humanure and urine,
leaf mould, and chop and drop. But I feel like there are more
soil-building techniques that I'm not thinking of at the moment. Maybe
you've got some ideas I should incorporate into the expanded book?
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