In searching for more books written by Eliot Coleman and Steve Solomon, I came across this link to a copy of the book on Scribd. I wanted to share the link with you and offer a few thoughts.
Plant spacing has always been a problem for me in my gardening. I have this problem with always wanting to maximize value or return, and so I squeeze in as many plants as I can into a given space. Not only is that bad for the plants, but it is also water intensive. In order to reduce or eliminate water usage, plant spacing is paramount. One big idea learned in this book is that capillary action within the soil will draw the water in from much further than I thought possible.
Another idea discussed is mulching. Steve Solomon is a big proponent of dust mulching. I’ve been a big mulcher in the past, mostly with grass clippings, though. I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea of dust mulching, because we live in an area that can get pretty windy and I don’t want my valuable topsoil blowing away. As for me, jury’s still out on this one. I would love to hear from other’s experience with dust mulching, though. I’m still intrigued and open minded on this matter.