The Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Everything You Need to Know

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If you want to harvest produce from your own backyard garden, The Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Gardening has everything you need to know about growing healthy veggies, herbs, and popular fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. Tips and techniques are described in easy-to-follow advice that a gardener of any skill or age will be able to follow and master. The information in the book includes the ...

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Overview

If you want to harvest produce from your own backyard garden, The Beginner's Guide to Vegetable Gardening has everything you need to know about growing healthy veggies, herbs, and popular fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. Tips and techniques are described in easy-to-follow advice that a gardener of any skill or age will be able to follow and master. The information in the book includes the following:

* Understanding your climate and growing season
* Choosing and constructing a garden space
* Starting from seeds or seedlings
* Preparing the soil properly
* Weeding, watering, and other daily garden care

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760344040
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2013
  • Series: FFA Series
  • Edition description: First Edition, First
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 680,177
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Johnson is a professional photographer who specializes in imagery of farm life. He is the author of the 4-H Guide to Digital Photography and the coauthor of The Field Guide to Horses. He lives on a family-owned horse farm in Phelps, Wisconsin, called Fox Hill Farm (www.foxhillphoto.com).

Samantha Johnson (Phelps, Wisconsin) and her brother, Daniel, have collaborated on a number of rural-living guidebooks, including How to Raise Rabbits and Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping. Both are 4-H alumni and live on the family farm, Fox Hill Farm, in far northern Wisconsin. Samantha is a certified horse show judge and raises purebred Welsh Mountain ponies and Dutch, Holland Lop, and Netherland Dwarf rabbits.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to Vegetable Gardening 6

Chapter 1 Planning Your Garden 8

Chapter 2 Getting Started 28

Chapter 3 Digging In 38

Chapter 4 Daily Garden Care 72

Chapter 5 All About Vegetables 84

Asparagus 86

Beans 88

Beets 89

Broccoli 90

Brussels Sprouts 91

Cabbage 92

Carrots 94

Cauliflower 95

Celery 96

Corn 97

Cucumbers 98

Eggplant 99

Garlic 100

Gourds 102

Kale 103

Kohlrabi 104

Leeks 106

Lettuce 107

Okra 108

Onions 109

Parsnips 110

Peas 111

Peppers 113

Potatoes 114

Pumpkins 117

Radishes 118

Rhubarb 119

Spinach 120

Squash (Summer) 121

Squash (Winter) 122

Tomatoes 123

Chapter 6 Veggie Sidekicks: Herbs and Fruits 126

Herbs 127

Basil 128

Bee Balm 128

Chives 128

Lavender 129

Oregano 129

Parsley 129

Peppermint 130

Rosemary 130

Sage 130

Tarragon 131

Thyme 131

Fruits 132

Apples 132

Blueberries 133

Grapes 133

Pears 134

Raspberries and Blackberries 134

Strawberries 135

Watermelon 135

Chapter 7 Exhibiting Your Produce 136

Chapter 8 Preserving Your Harvest 150

Chapter 9 Enjoying Your Harvest 160

Appendix 1 Glossary 166

Appendix 2 Hardiness Zones 168

Appendix 3 Resources 173

Index 174

About the Authors 176

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