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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Latest Activity: Aug 2, 2013

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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 August 2, 2013 at 4:42pm

Thanks Marie. How is it going... six months later? Have you commissioned some raised bed forms yet? Claude

Comment by marie therese ward on January 30, 2013 at 1:21pm

Kia ora Claude.  This is Marie.  I've spoken with you a few times regarding input and figure it's about time i did something about it.  So it's great to see you've put this onto OOOBY.  I meet you during a Permaculture Design Course on Waiheke a couple of (few?) years back, and am very keen to establish some raised garden beds over here on the Coromandel.  We have an abundance of clay, kaikuyia to battle, as well as the Ferrals (rabbits, pukeko, pheasants. quail and the occasional very naughty fence jumping sheep) as well as the usual elementals (wild winds, torrential rain, occasional drought) and of course our dear old foes slugs, snails, green shield beetles, passionfruit vine hoppers and the white butterflies!)  Your adaptated organoponico raised beds and Microclime fabric clearly are the way ahead!  Thanks for your commitment and input. 

Comment by Claude on December 3, 2010 at 9:15am
Reading all the comments below, let me invite everyone to write a page or two and send them in. Pita? George?
Comment by Claude on December 3, 2010 at 9:02am
Hi Tony, Sounds good. Do you use InDesign? If yes, I can email you the folder. Otherwise, take the free downloadable pdf and copy it into word and add what you will. The idea is to have a book that is a bit like a cookbook for raised bed growing. What ingredients, how to mix and make.
Comment by Tony Lucas on December 3, 2010 at 1:57am
Could perhaps throw ina bit on recycle gardening, growing tomatoes upside downcheap and other quirky ideas if that appeals.
Comment by Tony Lucas on December 3, 2010 at 1:56am
Done some web writing on gardening for an english webzine and also written articles for various magazines and colaboratedon a couple o books mostly on cryptozoology. Have my Certificate in freelance journalism so If I can be of any help just throw me a topic amount of words etc and Ill be happy to go for it.
Comment by Claude on August 10, 2010 at 4:03am
At present I am travelling overseas, grabbing laptop time when I can, so will not be able to do much in terms of collaboration. If you want to propose a way to add to the book, perhaps working with Pita (below), that would be great.
Comment by George Aorangi Stanley on August 9, 2010 at 4:00pm
What are your, persuasion points I think i preffer creative commons as suits publishing on web better, though intellectual ideas such as your mine and other might like to add additional forms of acknowledgement then it might be able to be hosted in an easier to access format and then more widely distributed and well ......that could be good
any way will down load and try to read this week and get back to you then i suppose.
Comment by Claude on August 9, 2010 at 2:33pm
Not sure if I put it open source, or just public domain.
Comment by George Aorangi Stanley on August 9, 2010 at 1:41pm
I can do a bit on bio intensive gardening on a community garden scale i have a plan i have been working on for how much one person can grow on a hectare yes i said one perrson on one hectare did i also say by hand !

could cover sun wind water bit soil structure sequential planning, seed saving and growing from seed. i'd say 5 pages ad 2 -4 pages of diagrams and graphs are you open source ? GNU creative commons any of the above
really appreciate the how to on raised beds been waiting for that for a while .

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