am 14. Mai 2009
Yes, Solomon comes across as an arrogant know-it-all. But don't let that keep you from reading his book, though, because after following his suggestions I can say he seriously knows his stuff. The strength of "Gardening" is that it is written for the person who has little money or time. However -- and this is important -- the author does not pander to the survivalist freaks with their doomsday scenarios of a world without money, machines, or friends. Instead, Solomon tells you where your limited funds are best spent and why, which seeds to buy and which you can try to collect from your own harvest, and discusses when to rent machines and when to do stuff by hand. He explains the basics -- like, how to use a hoe, for clueless people like me -- and the scientific -- like, what a C/N ratio is. Most of all, he is a realist, and will happily poke holes in any phantasy of creating a "closed-system" veggie garden. Highly recommended.