The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People
by Amy Stross
I’m going to buy my own copy of this book. It is stuffed full of useful information! It focuses on growing food in your yard when you don’t have much time to spend on the yard, so there’s a lot of permaculture techniques and gardens that are largely hands-off once you get them set up, which is exactly what I want. With the chronic fatigue, I often don’t have the energy to get outside and work on a garden, and Maryland summers exhaust me simply by stepping outside. I really want to garden and grow food, but I need easy ways to do that.
The Suburban Micro-Farm delved into planting hedgerows, which is something we’ve been thinking of, rain gardens (which we probably should do, we have a couple places in the yard that do not drain well), and tree guilds, which are plantings that go under trees to work together in little micro-environments. One of the tree guilds Stross specifically talks about is a Black Walnut tree guild, which I was excited to see because we have a huge, beautiful mature Black Walnut that I’ve been trying to figure out how to plant around. Black Walnuts produce juglone, a chemical that kills a lot of plants, so you have to be very mindful of what you plant near them.
This is an excellent reference book for suburban gardens, and she has lots of extra resources on her site, The Tenth Acre Farm. I will be exploring those as well, but I’m definitely going to buy my own copy of this book!
From the cover of The Suburban Micro-Farm:
Yield abundant harvests from your own yard with only 15 minutes a day!
Do you long to find the secrets of gardening with the time you have?
Are you ready to feel more connected to your home?
Would you like the satisfaction of growing healthy food for your table?
Author Amy Stross talks straight about why the suburbs might be the ideal place for a homesteading lifestyle. If you’re ready to create a beautiful, edible yard, this book is for you.
In these pages you’ll learn how to:
-Stop letting your garden overwhelm you
-Develop and nurture healthy soil
-Use easy permaculture techniques for stress-free, abundant harvests