Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 88 pages of information about Gardening Without Irrigation.


Beans, bush snap

Peppers, bell

Broccoli, summer



Scallions, bulb onions


Sweet corn



Have fun planning your own water-wise garden!

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Carter, Vernon Gill, and Tom, Dale. Topsoil and Civilization.

Norman, Okla.:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1974.

The history of civilization’s destruction of one ecosystem after another by plowing and deforestation, and its grave implications for our country’s long-term survival.

Cleveland, David A., and Daniela Soleri. Food from Dryland Gardens: 
An Ecological, Nutritional and Social Approach to Small-Scale
Household Food Production.
Tucson:  Center for People, Food and
Environment, 1991.

World-conscious survey of low-tech food production in semiarid regions.

Faulkner, Edward H._ Plowman’s Folly._ Norman, Okla.:  University of
Oklahoma Press, 1943.

This book created quite a controversy in the 1940s.  Faulkner stresses the vital importance of capillarity.  He explains how conventional plowing stops this moisture flow.

Foth, Henry D. Fundamentals of Soil Science. Eighth Edition.  New
York:  John Wylie & Sons, 1990.

A thorough yet readable basic soil science text at a level comfortable for university non-science majors.

Hamaker, John.  D. The Survival of Civilization. Annotated by Donald A. Weaver.  Michigan/California:  Hamaker-Weaver Publishers, 1982.

Hamaker contradicts our current preoccupation with global warming and makes a believable case that a new epoch of planetary glaciation is coming, caused by an increase in greenhouse gas.  The book is also a guide to soil enrichment with rock powders.

Nabhan, Gary. The Desert Smells like Rain:  A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country. San Francisco:  North Point Press, 1962.

Describes regionally useful Native American dry-gardening techniques

Russell, Sir E. John. Soil Conditions and Plant Growth. Eighth Edition.  New York:  Longmans, Green & Co., 1950.

Probably the finest, most human soil science text ever written.  Russell avoids unnecessary mathematics and obscure terminology.  I do not recommend the recent in-print edition, revised and enlarged by a committee.

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