I will be starting my seeds in another week. In the meantime I thought I’d review an interesting book for you – The “Have-More” Plan by Ed and Carolyn Robinson. This book was originally published in the 40’s. Since then it has been reprinted 22 times and is available from Amazon for a very reasonable price.
Here is what Amazon has to say about the book:
It has been Ed Robinson and wife Carolyn’s dream that every family can own a home and a little land. Their classic book, The “Have-More” Plan, was written in the 1940’s. The book has been kept in print unchanged because it is still, after 70 years, a useful reference for the home gardener. Over 500,000 people have now discovered how to do things in ways that work simply and well. Ed said, “…poultry, goats, lettuce, and home canning haven’t changed much in the generation since The “Have-More” Plan was first published. Today home gardening seems on the verge of a giant step forward: We can now get more produce on small plots by using plastic cover-ups over raised beds to extend growing seasons. This ushers in a new era for home production.”
This book is full of valuable information especially for those of us who are pursuing the prudent way of life. There is information on landscaping your property, making space for your garden, and details on any livestock you might want to raise. Ed and Carolyn firmly believe in raising at least part of your food and have extensive information on getting your soil in shape, which vegetables are suitable for your area and harvesting your crops. They have a large vegetable planting chart which will help you decide how far apart to plant certain vegetables, how deep to plant the seeds and common pest problems.
Although some of the information in the book may be outdated, such as the pesticides they recommend, overall it is a wonderful little book full of valuable information for anyone who wants to live a more self-reliant lifestyle… it’s well worth the cost!