Book Giveaway: The Suburban Micro-Farm

The Suburban Micro Farm book

 

This month I’m excited to give away a brand new copy of Amy Stross’s terrific book, The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People ( Twisted Creek Press, $24.95). Amy blogs over at TenthAcreFarm, where she writes about permaculture gardening and urban homesteading from her tenth-acre yard in the suburbs of Cincinnati.

For those of us who are stretched for time but still would love to yield abundant harvests in our gardens, Amy’s 344-page book is full of great ideas, practical advice, helpful illustrations, charts, photos, and resources.

She begins with a good section on managing expectations, and shares her own strategies for planning and scheduling gardening tasks — many in 15-minute increments. Next, she provides tips on how to improve suburban soil. From there, she covers a variety of helpful topics like getting organized and sketching out your garden, starting plants from seed, growing your own fruits and vegetables, extending seasons with cold frames, growing herbs, incorporating edible plants into a suburban landscape, and a great section on permaculture and micro-farming.

I was especially inspired by the last chapter, where Amy covers ideas and tips for generating income with your suburban farm, from growing cut flowers to making your own maple syrup. Reading this book made me look at our yard with a new point of view, wondering how I might transform some of the unproductive spaces into gardens that would produce good food — or even a little extra income.

This book would be a worthy addition to any gardener’s library. If you’d like to enter to win your own copy, just leave a comment on this page and reply to this question:

What’s one new thing you’d like to grow in your garden?

(After reading Amy’s book, I’m inspired to grow black raspberries.) The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, and will run through Friday, April 21 at midnight MST.

BIG thanks to Amy Stross for providing the book for this giveaway, and good luck to all of you!

Hugs,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

140 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: The Suburban Micro-Farm”

    • I’m hoping to grow lots of lavender this year as I am going to start beekeeping too, and I’d like some lavender flavoured honey!

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  1. I am trying cabbage this year for the first time. So excited because I make lots of stuff with cabbage. Scared when I try something new.

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  2. I would love to grow Cucamelons! I started a handful of seeds and just transplanted them into my garden this week. I hope they take off!

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  3. I would love to try growing carrots as my next venture. I have tomatoes, onions, salad greens, asparagus, and kitchen herbs already marked down on the knowledge list! I love eating carrots but have never grown them before.

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  4. I want to grow everything. Moving from south FL to north Ga will allow me to grow with less heat. I especially want to grow Dandelions.

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  5. I am so interested in micro -greens.This book would be such a great guide for me since a I am
    Returning to my childhood country property to live .Gardening vegetables is top on my list.
    I am really excited about my new adventure. Thanks so much.

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  6. This year i will plant few (2-3) cotton Plants In my frontyard and soya in the vegetable garden (with all other veggies as neighbors).

    Finally i will be growing something For my cat: Cat grass and Catnip 🙂

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    • Be careful, every cat in the neighbourhood will want a little for themselves.
      Hanging pots work well, as long as, there’s not a ledge, shelf or the edge of the grill, from which to jump.

      Cat’s become trapeze artists when cat nip is involved.

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  7. Not really one thing but I am trying to make everything in my garden edible. I bought a couple perennial herbs for my ornamental garden to get started.

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  8. I’d like to grow K’uyu Chuspi corn in my garden this year! It’s my first year gardening, so that variety may be a bit on the ambitious side, but I look forward to the challenge.

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  9. I’d like to grow artichoke, in zone 5. Third year trying- toddler digging them up in the sunroom over winter doesn’t help!!

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  10. I would love to grow a mass of marigolds and tomatoes as the smell always reminds me of my grandfather and makes me happy

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  11. I would just like to have my first garden come to full bloom. I planted in my back yard chamomile, various beans, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, St johnswort,lavender, catnip…. crossing my fingers and watching/tending every day

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  12. I want to grow more herbs and try more types of peppers this year. Also, need to try blueberries…Love them! I’ve had good luck with tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, onions and potatoes.

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  13. I’ve never grown root vegetables, so I’d love to try something from that category. Kohlrabi, carrots, beets, you name it!

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  14. I just moved in to a new house and am just getting my garden started. I’d like to start with some sweet potatoes and asparagus.

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  15. Moving to a new location this year with lots of additional garden space. Looking forward to trying out some fruit trees like sour cherries.

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  16. I got a kick out of reading what everybody is going to try this year. Love the enthusiasm. I am focusing on learning about fruit trees (peach, in particular). I know how to prune mature fruit trees but I know so little about choosing heirloom varieties.

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  17. I would like to grow plums.

    This looks like a fabulous book. I feel like I’ve been meandering along trying to achieve what she has accomplished. In conjunction with your January Money Diet, this book would really help me increase the productivity of what I’ve been experimenting with. Thank you for introducing me/us to Amy Stross!

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  18. I’d like to grow elderberries. We got two starts last year, but we’re a long way yet from having productive bushes.

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  19. I have little space, so would like to grow climbing strawberries. If you are pressed for space, you might like to check out square foot gardening.

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