No-till intensive vegetable culture : pesticide-free methods for restoring soil and growing nutrient-rich, high-yielding crops / Bryan O'Hara
Book | Chelsea Green Publishing | 2020

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263 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 247) and index.
The growing environment -- Balancing crop growth -- Preparing land for no-till -- No-till techniques -- Seeding and transplanting -- Mulching and irrigation -- Crop rotation and planting cycles -- Soil fertility and crop health -- Fertilization materials and methods -- Composting -- IMO : indigenous microorganisms -- Weed, insect, and disease Control -- Producing vegetables year-round -- Harvest and marketing -- The grower.
"No-till farming is the new best practice for preventing soil erosion, building soil biology, and providing growing conditions for vibrant, healthy crops. But for organic vegetable farmers and gardeners-and any farmer who wants to avoid herbicide use-the seemingly insurmountable dilemma with no-till has been how to control weeds without cultivating. In this thorough, practical guide, expert organic farmer Bryan O'Hara provide the answers. O'Hara systemically describes the growing methods he developed and perfected during a multi-year transition of his Connecticut certified organic vegetable farm to a no-till system. O'Hara asserts that this flexible, nature-friendly agricultural methodology is critical to vegetable farming success both economically as well as to maintain the health of the soil and the farm ecosystem. His methodology has proven itself over years of cropping on his home farm, Tobacco Road Farm, as well as other farms in his region, often with stunning results in yields, quality, and profitability. In No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture, O'Hara delves into the techniques he has experimented with and perfected in his 25 years of farming, including making and using compost, culturing and applying indigenous microorganisms to support soil biology, reduced tillage systems, no-till bed preparation techniques, seeding and transplanting methods, irrigation, use of fertilizers (including foliar feeds), pest and disease management, weed control, season extension, and harvest and storage techniques. O'Hara also explores the spiritual understanding of the nuances of the soil and a farm ecosystem and how that influences practical production decisions such as when to plant, water, and fertilize a crop. O'Hara goal is to pass on his knowledge to those who feel the impulse to make their livelihood in harmony with nature, requiring a relatively small land base of a few acres or less and little capital investment in mechanization. Home gardener and large-scale farmers will also find value in his methods. This manual will provides farmers with an advanced agricultural methodology not available in any other single book on organic vegetable production, a methodology that will allow farmers to continue to adapt to meet future challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: O'Hara, Bryan, No-till intensive vegetable culture White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2020] 9781603588546 (DLC) 2019044582
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