My first connection to gardening was my grandmothers. They weren't wealthy, and they gardened in a way that made the most of what they had. They didn't use pesticides or herbicides or fertilizer. This book harks back to those old-time ways of gardening -- and tells why the old-time ways might be a lot better than our current methods. Gardening shouldn't always be about seeking solutions to problems through technology and greater efficiency (the way that everyone else seems to be gardening), but instead [l]ooking beyond convention and questioning anything and everything. As a gardening book, it encourages us to garden the way that people gardened a century ago with the natural rhythms of life, with low-tech tools, and with minimal chemicals. As a book on how to live a hipper, happier, healthier life in the 21st century, its quietly inspiring.