Farm & Garden Survival Calendar
Farming and Gardening Survival Book
for USDA Hardiness Zones 5, 6 and 7
page book. 8 ½" x 11", $25.
Good for most eastern states. Grow
and store food when times are tough.
The easy way to get started now. Improve
on what you are already doing.
Live the old-fashioned way: healthy, natural,
"I really appreciate your organizing all this information into such a helpful volume." -Linda, Zirconia, NC.
Western North Carolina|
and Garden Calendar
by Nancy Shirley
gardening and farming in hard times.
How to garden and farm when food
How to plant and harvest with simple tools.
The best time
The grand overview all in one place.
You need this book
be used in most hardiness zones by adding or subtracting months depending on your
for North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and other states
in the east.
month by month guide when / how to plant, harvest and maintain your garden, greenhouse
The focus is on old-time ways of living, natural and organic.
There is a tremendous amount of valuable information in this book.
prepared. You will need it.
"I am interested in your book, as it sounds
like a treasure! I am going to pick up a copy at Bateman's General Store. God
bless you in your endeavors!"
-Bobby, North Carolina
THE BOOK!!!! wish I could get more...SO cool - thx. I REALLY think its a GREAT
reference." -Noel, Highlands, NC
This is a photo of the author, Nancy Shirley, in her front garden by Clary Sage.|
loves growing many different kinds of plants especially unusual ones like this
available in Murphy, NC at "Waynes Feed Store" and "The Whole Store".
no other book like this one. Good for North Carolina, Georgia, Tennesse, Virginia,
South Carolina and most eastern states. Good for USDA Hardiness Zones 5, 6 and
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Andrews, NC at "Stewart Nutrition Center" and "Andrews Computer Shop".
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All Aspects of Farming
Includes farm animals, foraging, food
storage, and food preparation. Plus garden tips, folklore, seed saving, seed starting,
herbs, plant families, and plant health. How to farm the old-fashioned way, natural
The book has an index by common plant name, an index by
plant type such as root crop, and a general index.
One: Month to Month Guidance
Each month explains what you
need to do to stay on top of your food production plan. At the beginning of every
month the Calendar lists an overview of what needs to be done.
includes its botanical name along with common names. After each description of
a plant or animal, there are recommended books to read and where else in the Calendar
that plant or animal is mentioned.
Then there is a section
each month on Garden-Maintenance. How to maintain your plants and animals so they
stay in the best condition.
For instance, in February you need to prune
your fruit and nut trees. It goes into detail about how to properly prune each
type of tree.
In September Garden-Maintenance you are reminded to cut
off the flowers and small fruit that will not ripen before frost so all energy
goes to the remaining flowers and fruit.
Each month has a section for planting.
For instance, in March Garden-Plant
discover ideas for predicting frost and reducing frost damage. Then learn what
cool weather cover crops and grains need to be planted such as clover, fava beans,
fescue, flax and oats. See how to sow and care for them properly.
Garden-Plant find out what (and how) should be planted such as garlic and perennial
onions for harvest next year. Hairy vetch, annual ryegrass, winter wheat, winter
radish and radicchio are good to plant this time of year.
Each month has a harvest section.
For instance, in the Garden-Harvest section of May it gives details about
making hay without large machinery (no gas/diesel), how to harvest grain by hand
or with small manual tools, how to test/dry/store grain. Learn how to thresh,
winnow and dehull grain. Find out how to test for the correct moisture content
of grain before storing it.
Study drawings of different types of solar
food dryers. Most people don't know these skills but you need to know them to
be self sufficient. Plus there are drawings and photos of this equipment and how
to use them.
There is a lot of emphasis on the right time to harvest and
how to store food that you grow.
In September Garden-Harvest see what
is involved in foraging and preparing hazelnuts, hickory nuts, acorns and walnuts
including differences among varieties. See how the old-timers cracked, mashed,
cooked, dried and stored them.
In October Garden-Harvest see which plants
to harvest before frost, after light frost, after hard frost, or anytime throughout
winter. And how to store them after you pick or dig them including root cellars
Greenhouse, Hoop House or Cold Frame|
month has a section on Greenhouse, Hoop House or Cold Frame.
in March Greenhouse learn how to start seedlings and sprouts for arnica (medicinal
herb), asparagus, broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, celery, chrysanthemum, ground
cherry, kohlrabi, pepper, sweet potato, tomato, and tomatillo.
on how to pre-sprout white/red/purple potatoes for greater productivity when you
plant them later.
In September Greenhouse find out which plants to sow
such as arugula, claytonia, endive/escarole, mache, mizuna, minutina, mustard,
pak choi, parsley, scallion, swiss chard, tatsoi, and turnip.
these can tolerate temperatures down to 0 degrees and still keep living.
Every month has something you
need to do for your animals.
Included are all the basic farm animals such
as bees, cats, cattle, chickens, dogs, ducks, goats, homing pigeons, horses, pigs,
rabbits, sheep and turkey.
For instance, in February Farm Animals read
about the common dairy/meat/fiber goat breeds, how to care for goats, and how
to milk a goat. Get information on clabbering milk (fermenting) so it stores longer
and is better for you.
In April Farm Animals get details about how to
set up nesting areas for broody hens. How to break up a broody hen. Also formulas
for worming animals with herbs and other natural methods.
Two: How To Guides
Four Guides and a 3-part index.
Guides include: Garden Tips, How to Save Seed, Plant Families, and Plant Health.
One index is alphabetical by plant name.
The second index is by
how plants are used.
The third index is a general index of all farm/garden
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PART ONE: Monthly
with each month in 5 sections:
Maintenance, Plant, Harvest,
Preface- Overview: 2 pages
January: 2 pages
March: 22 pages
April: 45 pages
May: 28 pages
July: 8 pages
August: 14 pages
September: 18 pages
November: 2 pages
December: 2 pages
How To Guides
Garden Tips- General, Seeds/Seedlings,
Soil/Crops, Propagation: 18 pages
How to Save Seeds- Pollination,
Breeding, Harvesting, Saving: 5 pages
Plant Families- Care, Diseases,
Pests and Seed Saving: 18 pages
Ways to Improve Plant Health- Diseases,
Pests, Methods of Control: 20 pages
3 Types of Index- Alphabetical,
By How Plants Used, General Index: 16 pages
How Much is a Bushel
Garden Seeders / Spreaders
How to Stratify Seeds
Make Potting Mix
How to Use Soil Blocks
Thinning Seedlings and Plants
How and Why to Fertilize
Crop Rotation and Cover Crops
Weeds and Soil Type
Prevent Fungal Disease
Propagation by Layering/Rooting
by Stem Cuttings
Make Your Own Rooting Hormone
to Save Seeds|
Open and Hybrid Pollination
Annual / Biennial / Perennial
Genetic Vigor and Inbreeding
How Difficult Seed is to Save
/ Preparing Seed
Storing Seed for Planting
Years Seeds Remain
Care, Diseases, Pests and Seed Saving
Compositae, Convolvulaceae, Cucurbitaceae,
Malvaceae, Polygonaceae, Portulacaceae,
creatures are divided into groups and subgroups. Each successive group has fewer
Going from large to small: Kingdom (plant or animal), Division/Phylum,
Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, and Variety. There are many genus in one
family. There are many species in one genus. There are many varieties in one species.
to Improve Plant Health
Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms
Insect Damage Symptoms
Greenhouse Pests and Disease
to Control Insects
Large Animal Pests
Sprays and Dusts
for Flying Insects
Make Traps for Crawling Insects
Make Traps for Slugs
Row Covers & Crop Protectors
Make Organic Insect/Pest Sprays
Types of Index
1. Alphabetical Index by Common Plant Name:
Fruits, Grain, Herbs, Nuts, Seeds and Vegetables
2. Plants Indexed
by How Used:
Fruits & Nuts- Perennial
Grass, Seeds, Cover Crops
Leafy Greens- Annual/Biennial
Leafy Greens- Perennial
Tomato and Related
General Index of All Farm and Garden Topics
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below is Nancy in her garden. The photos to the right are tools for working in
a comfrey patch, and Nancy's flower garden (day lily, anise hyssop, catnip).