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Best Books on… Growing Food in Small Spaces (1998)

**The Walnut Books Reviews Page By Rob Hopkins** *(this was one of a series of articles that rounded up the books on a certain subject and gave an overview on them, all of which appeared in Earthwatch magazine).*

*In this issues Walnut Books page, Rob Hopkins reviews some of the books available from Walnut Books on the subject of growing food in small spaces). The books reviewed are; ‘How to Grow More Vegetables than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine’ by John Jeavons, ‘Salads from Small Gardens – a unique guide to salad growing’ by Joy Larkcom, ‘Square Foot Gardening’ by Mel Bartholemew.*

One of the major challenges we face as we enter this new century is how to feed ourselves sustainably. A consensus is emerging that the best strategy for providing food for local communities is to grow as much of that food as close to that community as possible. This resonates with Abraham Lincoln’s prophetic words quoted in John Jeavon’s book, “ere long the most valuable of all arts will be the art of deriving a comfortable subsistence from the smallest area of soil