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Farm & Garden Calendar
The Farming and Gardening Survival Book
for USDA Hardiness Zones 5, 6 and 7

280 page book. 8 Ĺ" x 11", $19.
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, organic.

"I really appreciate your organizing all this information into such a helpful volume." -Linda, Zirconia, NC

Nancy, I would like to order another book from you for a friend of mine. Want you to know we love the book. We are sharing with everyone we know who raises a garden in our area." Bob, Cleveland, Georgia

Western North Carolina
Farm and Garden Calendar
by Nancy Shirley

Survival gardening and farming in hard times. How to garden and farm when food is scarce. How to plant and harvest with simple tools.

The best time to plant. The grand overview all in one place. You need this book today.

Can be used in most hardiness zones by adding or subtracting months depending on your climate.

Good for North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and other states in the east.

A month by month guide when / how to plant, harvest and maintain your garden, greenhouse and farm.

The focus is on old-time ways of living, natural and organic. There is a tremendous amount of valuable information in this book.

"I am interested in your book, as it sounds like a treasure! God bless you in your endeavors!" -Bobby, Topton, North Carolina

"Love the book!! Wish I could get more...So cool - thx. I really think its a great reference." -Noel, Highlands, NC

 There's 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 7.

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This is a photo of the author, Nancy Shirley, in her front garden by Clary Sage.

She loves growing many different kinds of plants especially unusual ones like this huge sage.

"Thank you for your book. I borrowed a copy from the library, and it had to be pried from my hands to return it. My wife ordered me a copy as a surprise. Youíve done such a service with your writing, and I try to share this knowledge with anyone that will listen. Often in discussions about next steps on the farm someone will ask 'What does Nancy say?', leading to a flurry of page turning. The knowledge you have imparted is tremendous and again I must say 'Thank you'." -Andrew, Madison, North Carolina

"I have lent your book often to friends." -Jay, Raphine, Virginia
Nancy giving a farm tour. The greenhouse is in the back. When you own this book, you have a garden and farm expert helping you every step of the way.

"Comfrey root cuttings look great and are in the ground. The WNC Farm & Garden Calendar is wonderful, so glad I ordered it also. Thanks for all!" -Paul, Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

"I purchased your book, and find it is quickly becoming a great reference (with all my post-it's sticking out!!). Love, love, love the fodder for the animals!!" -Rhonda, Franklin, North Carolina

"Thank you for the exceptional quality of the comfrey you sent, and also to thank you for your terrific farm and garden book. What a wonderful resource! Iíve thoroughly read it through once, and then have caught up with May and June and have incorporated a number of your suggestions into my garden. How great to have a such a concise, thorough gardening compendium in one book. Awesome!" -Gregory, Basye, Virginia

Covers 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 and organic.

The book has an index by common plant name, an index by plant type such as root crop, and a general index.

Part 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.

Every plant 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.

In September 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 and clamps.

Greenhouse, Hoop House or Cold Frame

Every month has a section on Greenhouse, Hoop House or Cold Frame.

For instance, 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.

Also details 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.

Some of these can tolerate temperatures down to 0 degrees and still keep living.

Farm Animals

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.

Part Two: How To Guides

Four Guides and a 3-part index.

The 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 topics.

 280 page book. $19.
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PART ONE: Monthly Guide
with each month in 5 sections:

Maintenance, Plant, Harvest,
Greenhouse, Animals

Preface- Overview: 2 pages
January: 2 pages
February: 24 pages
March: 22 pages
April: 45 pages
May: 28 pages
June: 14 pages
July: 8 pages
August: 14 pages
September: 18 pages
October: 16 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

Garden Tips

Appalachian Folklore
How Much is a Bushel
Companion Planting
Garden Seeders / Spreaders

How to Stratify Seeds
How to Make Potting Mix
How to Use Soil Blocks
Inoculating Seeds
Prevent Seedling Damping Off
Thinning Seedlings and Plants

How and Why to Fertilize
Rock Dusts
Soil pH
Crop Rotation and Cover Crops
Special Forage Crops
Weeds and Soil Type
Prevent Fungal Disease

Propagation by Layering/Rooting
Propagation by Stem Cuttings
Make Your Own Rooting Hormone
How to Save Seeds

Open and Hybrid Pollination

Inbreeeding / Outbreeding

Pollination Methods

Annual / Biennial / Perennial

Genetic Vigor and Inbreeding

How Difficult Seed is to Save

Harvesting / Preparing Seed

Storing Seed for Planting

Years Seeds Remain Viable
Plant Families:
Care, Diseases, Pests and Seed Saving

Families Included:
Amaranthaceae, Amaryllidaceae,
Brassicaceae/Cruciferae, Chenopodiaceae,
Compositae, Convolvulaceae, Cucurbitaceae,
Gramineae/Poaceae, Labiatae,
Leguminosae/Fabaceae, Liliaceae,
Malvaceae, Polygonaceae, Portulacaceae,
Solanaceae, Tetragoniaceae,
and Umbelliferae/Apiaceae.

All living creatures are divided into groups and subgroups. Each successive group has fewer members.

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.

Ways to Improve Plant Health

Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms
Disease Symptoms
Fungi Disease
Bacterial Disease
Viral Disease

Insects & Nematodes
Insect Damage Symptoms
Greenhouse Pests and Disease
Products to Control Insects
Large Animal Pests

Sprays and Dusts
Make Traps for Flying Insects
Make Traps for Crawling Insects
Make Traps for Slugs and Snails
Row Covers & Crop Protectors
Make Organic Insect/Pest Sprays
Organic Fungicide Sprays

3 Types of Index

1. Alphabetical Index by Common Plant Name:
Fruits, Grain, Herbs, Nuts, Seeds and Vegetables

2. Plants Indexed by How Used:
Fruit- Annual/Biennial
Fruits & Nuts- Perennial
Grain, Grass, Seeds, Cover Crops
Herbs/Flowers- Annual/Biennial
Herbs/Flowers- Perennial
Leafy Greens- Annual/Biennial
Leafy Greens- Perennial
Root Crops
Tomato and Related
Vegetables- Annual/Biennial
Vegetables- Perennial

3. General Index of All Farm and Garden Topics


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