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Ebook Review: Food4Wealth

I really have developed a soft spot for ebooks lately and have probably read over a dozen in the past month. Most  recently I finished Food4Wealth by Jonathan White, an ebook that claims to teach you how to easily create a vegetable garden with little work and better results than a traditional vegetable garden. Did it live up to its claim?

After reading Food4Wealth, I really believe that having your own vegetable garden is doable for any gardener, even a beginning black thumb like me.

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Ecological gardening and sustainable agriculture will be the way we produce food in the future as it’s easier to maintain and provides healthier organic food for us to eat.

What I Liked About the Food4Wealth Ebook

The Layout - After reading the Table of Contents I knew I would have the answers to most of my questions. Jonathan walks you through the construction of creating your garden plot, with illustrations. He talks about how to plant your garden for maximum results and includes the best 10 plants to start with. And he finishes with how to maintain it by creating your own compost. It’s really a detailed how-to guide in growing edible plants in an earth friendly way.

You Don’t Have to Own Massive Land to Grow Vegetables – Jonathan points this out very clearly. I think there are a lot of people who think they need a lot of land to grow enough produce to feed their family. This ebook gives examples of how Jonathan grows food for his family, usually with leftovers that can be sold for profit at local farmer’s markets or given to family and friends. You too can have a bountiful and successful vegetable garden in the city or suburbs.

The Project Plan - Including a project plan, checklist, and materials list of the process was tremendously beneficial. It really makes it easier for the reader as it breaks it down. This action plan is invaluable in getting started, because you don’t feel overwhelmed as you can take it step-by-step.

You Have to Compost - Jonathan really pushes the point that to have an effective ecological garden you’ll need to start composting. Sure you could buy compost, but you never know the quality and it can really get expensive. It’s easier than most people think.

What I Did Not Like About the Food4Wealth Ebook

No Problem/Solution Section - Although Jonathan talks about the reasons behind what you’re doing and why it works, there’s no dedicated section to solving common problems. It would be nice if it was located in one section at the back to reference quickly instead of having to reread the book to find a solution.

The Price Will Turn Some People Away - This ebook isn’t necessarily overpriced, but it’s more than what I was expecting. I’m assuming this is because of the added video tutorials and audiobook. I would, however, assume this ebook to return on its investment as you’ll be growing your own produce. You won’t have to spend that money at the grocery store and that can really add up. The ebook will be invaluable for some readers, and not worth it for others.

What is Food4Wealth?

You can read my first look at Food4Wealth to learn what my initial thoughts were. It’s an 80 page ebook on everything about ecological gardening, but Food4Wealth is really more than that. It includes video tutorials, an audio book version, project plan, materials list, and a systemized checklist to get started on building an ecological garden. It will take you from setting up your garden to planting your edible plants and maintenance.

From Food4Wealth.com:

I’ve Made Food4Wealth Simple So Everyone Can Do It.

Food4Wealth Ebook Cover with Jonathan White

After reading and watching Food4Wealth you will know how to:

  • Set up a garden that produces many times more than a traditional vegetable garden
  • Set up a garden that only requires 8 hours of light easy effort per year
  • Grow food that you can harvest every single day of the year, no matter where you live
  • Set up a garden that NEVER needs digging
  • Set up a garden that REPELS PESTS
  • Set up a garden that has virtually NO WEEDS
  • Produce food in the world’s most environmentally and ecologically friendly way
  • (And the list continues on the website…)

In my experience, the study of natural ecosystems reveals everything we need to know about growing food. After all, Mother Nature has been doing it this way for millions of years.

What is ecological gardening?

Ecological gardening creates a healthy ecosystem that is self-sustaining without the need for harmful chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. There is harm to the environment with this type of garden. It’s the way Mother Nature intended.

It uses the idea of biodiversity in planting a vegetable garden. Combining a diverse selection of edible plants in the same planting bed allows the soil nutrients to be depleted and restored on a natural level. It’s letting nature do what it does best.

There isn’t one crop, like corn, taking all of a single nutrient. There is a wide selection growing together. Each plant adds to the overall garden in some way.

The plants work together in an ecological garden to create a more natural community that is beneficial for all. This creates harmony in your vegetable garden and you enjoy tastier, healthier food. It’s a win-win.

How much land do I need?

This was originally a concern for me. I live in an apartment complex so I have no backyard. I’m lucky that our community offers a community garden where we can rent plots and it’s watered by timers. This is where I plan to begin my ecological garden when an organic plot opens up.

The Food4Wealth method is best in a plot of at least 8×8 feet. Any smaller and you just don’t get the ecological processes happening. – Jonathan White

As long as you have a normal size backyard you can do this in the corner and not take up much space. The bigger the garden the better it works on an ecological standpoint, but you can’t get too large otherwise maintenance increases and you might not satisfy the nutrients needed.

Jonathan makes this clear in his book, giving drawings to illustrate the size of the garden plot and references how to build it. The illustrations really brought the point home and made it easy to understand.

What if I live in an apartment or rental?

I started thinking about ‘what if I didn’t have a community garden?’ I know many homeowners are selling their homes and moving into rentals. What would they do? I decided to ask Jonathan for his advice.

If I lived in an apartment, I would just grow a few salad greens in pots. I may consider setting up a small aquaponics system. I have an aquaponics product coming out in the next month or so. – Jonathan White

I only recently learned about aquaponics and will write about it in the near future. And I look forward to the new ebook as I plan to start aquaponics in the future.

Bottom line, if you have no yard you can plant a container garden. Salad greens would be a tasty and easy way to grow your own produce.

Conclusion: Food4Wealth Review

We need to better understand the environment as a big picture and do what we can to benefit the planet. Even with a small garden, just a little patch of land, it plays an important role ecologically.

Let’s look at Mother’ Nature’s point of view instead of basing everything solely on a human’s concept of gardening for human needs.

If you are an experienced vegetable grower, you’ll need to be able to adapt. This is a different approach that will probably contradict everything you’ve done until now. It’s very different than a traditional vegetable garden and you might find it difficult to let go of your previous experience. It’s best to read Food4Wealth with an open mind.

If you are a new gardener, or plan to begin a vegetable garden, this would be a great book for you. It breaks everything down step-by-step. Food4Wealth takes you by the hand as you create an ecological garden of edible plants.

I’d recommend Food4Wealth for anyone interested in growing a vegetable garden organically. If you’re looking to grow your own food, this is a simple and environmentally friendly way that has the potential to create a bountiful supply of fresh produce.

And Jonathan does offer a full 8 week, 60 day money back guarantee.

Click here to instantly download your own copy of Food4Wealth.

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Food4Wealth Review

Ebook First Look: Food4Wealth

How can I grow vegetables without hard work? What exactly is ecological gardening? And can a black thumb like me really grow my own food? These are some of the questions I hope to answer by reading Food4Wealth, an ebook that supposedly teaches how to optimally grow your own food with minimal effort.

I just received a review copy of Food4Wealth, thanks to Jonathan White and Michael Guilfoyle, and I can’t wait to learn if I can really grow my own food as easily as Jonathan says.

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I’ve always been a little bit of a black thumb, more brown really, when it comes to plants as I tend to forget to water them. So I’ve always been hesitant to put forth the effort into growing my own food as I can’t even keep a house plant watered.

After learning about what this ebook has to offer I decided it was finally worth a test. It also helps that my apartment community offers a community garden with water timers. :)

What is Food4Wealth?

This is not just an ebook, it’s an entire multimedia package. It includes an audio book and video tutorials in an attempt to reach all types of learners. The 80-page guide is said to be a step-by-step instruction manual that’s easy to understand.

If that isn’t simple enough there are 14 video tutorials with over an hour of real-life illustrations. I’m really looking forward to seeing these as I am a visual learner.

From Food4Wealth.com

The Food4Wealth Method

Food4Wealth Ebook Cover with Jonathan WhiteYour Food4Wealth garden is basically a natural habitat that is made up of edible plants, and you can create one more easily than you realize. As a matter of fact, it’s far easier than creating a traditional vegetable garden. You won’t have to dig, and you won’t have to heave heavy loads. It will only take a few hours and many of the materials you require can be gathered for free.

Once this amazing ecosystem is set up you will be able to harvest fresh organic food every single day. It will literally save you thousands of dollars per year.

Absolutely everything you need to know to grow healthy, fresh organic food, without all the problems.

After reading and watching Food4Wealth you will know how to:

  • Set up a garden that produces many times more than a traditional vegetable garden
  • Set up a garden that only requires 8 hours of light easy effort per year
  • Grow food that you can harvest every single day of the year, no matter where you live
  • Set up a garden that NEVER needs digging
  • Set up a garden that REPELS PESTS
  • Set up a garden that has virtually NO WEEDS
  • Grow vegetables and fruit ORGANICALLY
  • (And the list continues on the website…)

If we are to make a difference to our planet, live economically and improve our lives, we need to start taking action – real physical action. Sitting around talking about it won’t change a thing, but growing our own healthy organic food in an environmentally gentle way will make a positive change for millions of us.

Who is Jonathan White?

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Jonathan White, creator of Food4Wealth, is an environmental scientist, landscape designer and horticulturalist. With ecological gardening methods he’s able to feed his family on a small 15 by 15 foot vegetable garden even though he’s living on 14 acres.

In 2009 he was featured in G Magazine with his article Gardens that grow themselves. For those of us who don’t live in Australia, G Magazine is a Sydney based publication dedicated to sustainability. It is published on 100% recycled paper and hopes to help consumers reduce their environmental impact.

What’s next?

First, I need to read Food4Wealth and see just what I’ve gotten myself into. After that I’ll be able to provide a more detailed review in addition to progress updates. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest information.

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