Carol Deppe has written The Resilient Gardener. If you want to make the most of survival gardening, you need this book.
Deppe spends half the book explaining the top five survival foods to grow. They are potatoes, beans, squash, corn and duck eggs.. Yes, she offers info on raising poultry, too.
In an interview with Joyce Riley on “The Power Hour,”, they discussed peasant gardening. Deppe believes in the practicality and necessity of growing food, rather than ornamentals. Leave those to people with more time and money.
Here’s a kicker. Deppe has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard. Would you expect someone with such a degree to write a book about peasant or survival gardening?
Deppe combines her scientific knowledge with useful personal experience. She’s been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979. She’s written another book on vegetable breeding for home gardeners.
The Resilient Gardener is meant for gardeners at all levels of experience. And it’s for those of us who know the status quo won’t go on because we’re in the midst of crazy climate changes and economic turmoil.
But what about those with physical challenges? She addresses that, too.
Furthermore, Dr. Deppe knows about healthful gardening and diets for those with special needs because she has Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance. Thus, recipes in her book are gluten free.
She makes many recipes with corn, including breads and cakes. How would you like to make cornbread that’s similar in consistency to wheat bread?
The Resilient Gardener not only gives detailed info on growing the top five survival crops, but tells you how to use and properly store them. That’s crucial because you don’t want to lose what you’ve labored to grow for your family.
This is a book meant for growing gardens in hard times and in less than ideal conditions. Thus, the concept of resilient gardening. After all, we don’t all garden where water is plentiful and stellar weather prevails.
To get The Resilient Gardener, click on its title wherever you see it in this post. If you’ve been looking for a book that hones in on the basics for survival gardening, this is the one to get.