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Melissa K. Norris has an amazing new book coming out on Jan 7, 2020…. I was pretty excited when Melissa K. Norris put out feelers to review her newest book The Family Garden Plan. This book like all her others I have didn’t disappoint! You can get your copy on Amazon or from Melissa’s site.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Family Garden Plan by Melissa K. Norris for free to review on my blog. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.
The Family Garden Plan is great for every level of gardener no matter if you’re a beginner or season veteran, this book is packed full of charts and helpful advice to help you along your gardening journey to raising a year’s worth of healthy sustainable food.
The Family Garden Plan What’s Inside?
There’s so much great information in this book that’s easy to follow and read. Melissa shares a practical way to determine how much to plant to feed your family for the entire year. Along with a detailed list of materials, you’ll need to start your seeds, how to harden them off properly and get them in the ground on time to get your best garden.
The chapter Caring For Your Garden, which is probably my favorite part of the whole book Melissa covers ways to naturally control and prevent pests in the garden. She even gives you a simple recipe for homemade pest control spray with ingredients most of us have around the house.
In another chapter of The Family Garden Plan Melissa covers preserving the harvest. With a chart listing the best method of storing each type of vegetable and fruit and how much fresh produce will be when preserved.
She’s also included what vegetables need to be cured for storage and how to cure them. This was my second favorite part of the book because I have all that information at my fingertips now instead of trying to remember.
The Family Garden Plan Covers Perennials!
Perennials are the plant once harvest for years that add a less hands-on approach to growing your own food. These are typically fruit trees, berry bushes, and vines. Melissa covers all the deets on planting fruit trees and how to determine if you need another variety of tree to get them to produce food. Along with how and when to prune your trees and vines for best results and troubleshooting when issues arise.
There are tons more in this book like advanced topics of amending your soil, understanding your soil test results, composting dos and don’ts, and herbs and edible flowers.
The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year’s Worth Of Sustainable and Healthy Foods!
For year’s I’ve just winged my garden never making a serious plan or keeping track of my garden. I’m looking forward to putting Melissa’s worksheets to use, to help me better keep track of my garden and increase my harvest yields.
I hope you’ve found this review of The Family Garden Plan helpful! Drop a comment and let me know what you think?