Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

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Whether you have a kitchen garden, a spot in a community garden, a small vegetable patch, or just a collection of pots and window boxes, Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is an essential, comprehensive guidebook for growing your own fruits and veggies.

Offering all the basics, from soil preparation and organic manures, to authoritative advice on every aspect of productive growing, Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is a full-color expert handbook ...

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Overview

Whether you have a kitchen garden, a spot in a community garden, a small vegetable patch, or just a collection of pots and window boxes, Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is an essential, comprehensive guidebook for growing your own fruits and veggies.

Offering all the basics, from soil preparation and organic manures, to authoritative advice on every aspect of productive growing, Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is a full-color expert handbook for all vegetable and fruit gardeners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756690564
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/30/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 657,898
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Growing Fruit and Vegetables 8

Climate and location 10

Shelter from wind 12

Soil types and structure 14

Essential nutrients 17

Lime and soil acidity 18

Fertilizers and manures 20

Making compost 24

Planning your garden 21

Crop rotation 31

The bed system 32

Using containers 35

Soil preparation 31

Mulching 41

Protected cropping 43

Weed control 49

Keeping your garden healthy 51

Watering and irrigation 53

Tools and equipment 55

Vegetables 58

Vegetable seed 60

Sowing seed under cover 62

Sowing seed outdoors 66

Planting out 70

Routine care 72

Winter storage 73

Visual index of vegetables 74

Brassicas 76

Root crops 82

The onion family 89

Legumes 95

Salad crops 101

Fruiting vegetables 108

Cucurbits 114

Stem vegetables 120

Leafy vegetables 123

Perennial vegetables 129

Culinary Herbs 136

Growing culinary herbs 138

Visual index of culinary herbs 141

A-Z of culinary herbs 142

Fruit 146

Visual index of fruit 148

Growing Tree Fruits 149

Planning 149

Tree fruit forms 152

Rootstocks 153

Grafting tree fruits 154

Pollination 156

Planting tree fruits 158

General care 160

Pruning and training principles 162

Pruning different tree forms 166

Tree Fruit Crops 174

Growing Soft Fruits 206

Planning 206

Planting soft fruits 208

General care 209

Soft Fruit Crops 211

Grape Vines 227

Planning 227

Grape vines under cover 228

Grape vines outdoors 231

Growing Tender Fruits 234

Crop Planner 238

Average Crop Yields 242

Seasonal Tasks 243

Plant Problems 246

Index 265

Acknowledgments 272

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