Collaborate to write a Food Growing book


Collaborate to write a Food Growing book

How to Build a Raised Bed Garden is a 40 page book of which pages 24-38 are currently blank. Collaborators needed on aspects of gardening. This is where to do it.

Location: Waiheke Island, NZ
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I have finally uplifted "How to Build a Raised Bed Garden" onto where you can download it for free.

If we get it to the point of high demand, I will switch printers, but they charge the same price for 24 to 40 pages. Therefore, pages 24 to 38 are blank, and I am looking for collaborators to write on

• gardening tools (what, where to buy, make your own, historic tools),
• sun,wind and water control,
• good bugs and bad bugs,
• companion planting,
• sequential planting,
• isolation planting (what to put in a separate bed, like mint, to keep it from taking over),
• compost bins & composting & bocashi,
• topsoil (the art and science thereof),
• growing plants from seeds,
• seed-saving and heritage seeds,
• fruit trees, pruning and grafting,
• and canning.

These are just the topics I thought up, where I am not an expert. I will appreciate getting a page or so on each, and colour photographs are great. The book will cost US$4.57 $13.50* to print (plus shipping), and I intend to add no royalty to the cost... although Ooooby may want to do so to raise some money.

At present, it can only be accessed by clicking to get the free download version or buying the printed version.


* Just checked on the price. What an increase! A while back Amazon said they would no longer list Lulu books because Amazon got into the business of Print on Demand with Create Space. This is called corporate bullying. Even though we don't use Amazon, Lulu caved in and raised their prices so Amazon can make a bundle. So the price went from $4.57 to $13.50. Maybe it's time to find a new book supplier. Anyway, the download pdf is still free.

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Started by Claude Jan 19, 2009.

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Comment by Claude on July 25, 2010 at 3:41pm
Hi Peta, You are an expert writer, do you want to clean the book up and make it better? You can download a pdf from the lulu link, or I can send you the document written in InDesign CS2 if you use it.
Comment by peta stavelli on July 25, 2010 at 1:59pm
I'm not an expert either, but I have written gardening columns for various magazine and am dedicated to the principle of gardening for free. My own raised beds are made from untreated wooden frames that previously held orange cable pipes in place while in transport. When the bed has been filled with a mix of sawdust, compost, manure and pea straw I bang in upside down beer or wine bottles to keep the soil in place and remove the frames to the next bed. it's a Polynesian idea and looks great once it settles and nasturtiums hand over the edges.
Comment by Daniel Andrews on February 4, 2009 at 9:32pm
I Wouldn't say i'm an expert on all the topics but i have been practicing horticulture since i was eight i have worked at a garden centres nursery's landscapers and am now a groundsman for a school i would like the tools topic as there is nothing i love more than fixing and repairing tools and maintaining tools and i would love to take up this challenge of writing a chapter for your book i wish i had more experience with the other topics as it sounds like a great project.
One of the things that popped into my head for the isolation planting my father in law told me that melons and pumkins cross pollinate and he reckoned that was the reason why we had had no rock melons this year as the pollen must be similar in size but results in no fruit, just an idea.
Thanks danny

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