Guide to Illinois Vegetable Gardening

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This book offers advice on everything from starting your garden from seed, to planning your garden with helpful space saving techniques. Make this guide a must-have resource for anyone interested in growing vegetables, no matter what their space requirements. Helpful charts will outline when to plant and when to harvest cool and warm season vegetables.

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Overview

This book offers advice on everything from starting your garden from seed, to planning your garden with helpful space saving techniques. Make this guide a must-have resource for anyone interested in growing vegetables, no matter what their space requirements. Helpful charts will outline when to plant and when to harvest cool and warm season vegetables.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591863991
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: Vegetable Gardening Guides Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 678,061
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Fizzell has more than 50 years of hands-on horticultural experience, making him the source other experts turn to with their toughest turf, vegetable, landscape, and plant problems. Fizzell is well known to midwest gardeners through numerous appearances on radio and TV and from articles for neighborhood weekly newspapers. Jim has written more than twelve books for midwest gardeners for Cool Springs Press.

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Table of Contents

Gardening in Illinois     7
Roots of Midwest Gardening     16
A History     16
The Seasons     21
Understanding Soils     22
The Value of Organic Matter     23
Composting     24
Major Elements     26
Soil pH     27
Understanding Fertilizers     28
Soils for Container Gardens     29
How Plants Grow     30
Growing Vegetables in the Home Garden     33
Location     33
Size     34
Rows vs. Beds     34
Hotbeds and Cold Frames     36
Garden Tools     36
Vertical Gardens     37
Container Gardens     38
Selecting Varieties     38
Starting Transplants from Seed     39
Transplanting Seedlings     41
Direct Seeding     42
Buying Transplants     44
Soil Preparation     44
When to Plant     45
How to Plant     46
Watering     46
Mulching     47
Fertilizing     48
Insect and Disease Problems     48
Weed Control     50
Organic Gardening     51
Growing Herbs in the Home Garden     180
Planting Herbs     181
Pest Control     181
Harvesting Herbs     182
Drying Herbs     182
Growing Fruits in the Home Garden     218
Planning the Fruit Garden     220
Planting the Fruit Garden     223
Caring for the Fruit Garden     225
Weed Control     227
Bird Control     227
Suppliers     268
Glossary     271
Bibliography     277
Index     279
About the Author     288
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