Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades: The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening / Edition 6

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This is the updated 6th edition of Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, which has evolved from a self-published pamphlet to the master guide to organic vegetable gardening over the past 28 years. Steve Solomon, who was a founder of the Territorial Seed Company, was one of the early proponents of organic gardening, and the first to codify and refine the best practices of small-plot vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. The approaches to understanding and preparing soils, composting, chemical-free fertilizers, efficient uses of water, and garden planning are universal to any climate or region. Solomon gets specific in his extensive advice on growing specific crops in the gentle maritime Northwest climate. This update includes his latest findings on seed sources, refinements in growing and cultivation techniques, and other organic gardening best practices. Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades lays out the principles, but the author advocates that readers think for themselves and grow their gardens as they see fit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570615344
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Solomon has been writing and revising Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades since 1979. He lives in Tasmania, OR.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
In which the author attempts to hook the bookstore browser and generally warms up the reader to the subject at hand
Basics     1
An assortment of basic gardening topics, done medium-rare
Soil     23
What cool-climate vegetables need
How to produce nutritious vegetables where it rains too much
The word "fertilizer" does not necessarily mean "chemical"
The vital importance of organic matter in soil and a unique discussion of how much is needed in our region
Programs for managing all types of soil including heavy clays
Composting     69
How to produce strong compost that grows vegetables like fertilizer does
How to produce weaker compost the easiest ways
Planning     95
The value of a garden
Creating a twelve-month-a-year harvest
Succession cropping
Crop rotations
Making and using raised beds
Using greenhouses, cold frames, and cloches
A twelve-month planting calendar
A fall/winter/spring planting calendar for using cloches and frames
Water     133
A gardener's textbook of sprinkler irrigation
Planning the garden around how often you want to irrigate
Gardening with very little irrigation
Seeds     161
How to make seeds come up
An honest look at the vegetable seed trade
Who to buy from and why
Hybrid vs. open-pollinated seed and other issues
Transplants     189
How to buy seedlings that will grow well
Hardening off store-bought seedlings
Producing healthy bedding plants athome without a lot of unnecessary foofaraw
A complete calendar and guide to home transplant raising, species by species
Predators     213
What bugs us here in the maritime Northwest, not in Ohio or California
How to handle local pests without using chemicals
How not to even have to fight them
How to Grow It     227
A family-by-family and species-by-species guide tailored to the needs of the maritime Northwest gardener covering the specifics of culture, garden planning, insects and diseases, harvesting, growing your own seed, and the best varieties
Annotated bibliography     339
Index     349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

    Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades

    This book was recommended at a local workshop. We have purchased one for several family members and continue to praise it. The most helpful, thoughtful book on gardening. We just planted our first vegetable garden and we continue to read and to learn. I highly recommend it.

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