How To Grow Food: A Step-by-step Guide to Growing All Kinds of Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Salads and More

How To Grow Food: A Step-by-step Guide to Growing All Kinds of Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Salads and More

by Richard Gianfrancesco
     
 

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A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to kitchen gardening on any scale.

"Filled with rich illustrations and photographs, this book will appeal to a wide range of gardeners, making this a useful book for all types of public libraries."
--American Reference Books Annual 2012

"Gianfrancesco's easy-to-understand-and-follow guide provides clearly

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A comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to kitchen gardening on any scale.

"Filled with rich illustrations and photographs, this book will appeal to a wide range of gardeners, making this a useful book for all types of public libraries."
--American Reference Books Annual 2012

"Gianfrancesco's easy-to-understand-and-follow guide provides clearly delineated, step-by-step, fully detailed and remarkably informative instructions for growing an exciting spectrum of edible plants."
--Booklist

How to Grow Food is a complete, illustrated guide to the hundreds of plants that are easy to grow in the home garden. The author emphasizes gardening techniques that can be applied to any size of garden, from a window box to a small side yard plot to the biggest backyard.

This practical book features a comprehensive directory of more than 125 crop plants, from traditional choices to more unusual varieties, to suit all growing conditions in all regions using simple organic and biodynamic gardening methods. Gardeners can choose from roots and tubers; leafy crops; seed and fruit crops; grains; peppers and chilies; stem and flower crops; tree fruits; soft, bush and cane fruits; tender fruits; nuts; herbs; and edible flowers.

How to Grow Food features thorough instructions and a month-by-month calendar of tasks, plus:

  • Types of gardens and choosing the best site
  • Designing, preparing and planting a productive garden
  • Maximizing the use of space, such as vertical planting and fruit cages
  • Harvesting, storing and preserving
  • Training and pruning plants for maximum yield
  • Tools, pests, weeds and growing from seed
  • Helpful dos and don'ts
  • Plant ratings related to variety, value, maintenance and season
  • The author's special selection of star plants.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual 2012 - Shannon Graff Hysell
[Review of hardcover edition] Filled with rich illustrations and photographs, this book will appeal to a wide range of gardeners, making this a useful book for all types of public libraries.
Chicago Botanic Garden - Adele Kleine
[Review of hardcover edition] Richard Gianfrancesco, plant scientist, has written a complete book on growing food. With a scientific attention to facts, he has produced a book that covers every aspect of growing fruits and vegetables. The book has four parts: site selection, a growing directory, core information on basic techniques of growing, and preserving your crop. The growing directory, the main portion of the book, rates each beautifully photographed plant on its monetary value, maintenance, and freeze/store capability. A summary of sowing details, and the author's crop ratings are accessible in easy form. The book includes, with appetizing pictures, recipes for chutney, pickles, plum jam, and tarragon and orange jelly.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Helen Chesnut
[Review of hardcover edition] Thorough is the word to describe this user-friendly guide... How to Grow Food combines eminent practicality with great visual appeal.
Inc. National Garden Clubs
[Review of hardcover edition] This practical, highly recommended guide to growing food is impressive: the author has ably taken on the task of detailing how, where, and what to grow in a garden. As a plant scientist, Richard Gianfrancesco speaks with authority on the culture of a broad range of crops, sorting out those that grow well together under similar soil conditions and in rotation. He advises on choosing the best site, be it on a large plot, in a container, or under cover. The text contains steps on designing the food garden, starting with selecting the right location, placement of permanent structures and vegetable beds, as well as other utilitarian crops. A directory of food crops -- vegetables and fruit plus nuts, with information on their selection contains descriptions of popular crops, which includes the best types, their garden placement, care, harvest, and storage.
Booklist Spotlight
[Review of hardcover edition] Gianfrancesco's easy-to-understand-and-follow guide provides clearly delineated, step-by-step, fully detailed and remarkably informative instructions for growing an exciting spectrum of edible plants.
Washington Gardener - Erica H. Smith
[Review of hardcover edition] This is a gorgeous book, full of photos and drawings both pretty and useful, and Gianfrancesco packs in a lot of textual information as well.
Gothic Epicures - Dean Tudor
By Richard Gianfrancesco, who is a plant scientist who has co-ordinated hundreds of garden plant tests and trials, which have been published in magazines and online... Here he appeals to those who want to "eat local", whether from their window box or from a large backyard (maybe as much as one-third of the North American population?). He has some good principles about organic gardening, soil management, composting, weeds and pests, pruning, growing from seed, buying plants, and growing in containers. In fact, his title should really be "How to Grow Real Food". The main section is a plant-by-plant analysis for growing. He begins with veggies and salads (potato, sweet potato, onion, lettuces, herbs, etc. -- about 64 in all), continuing with 22 fruits and three nuts. At the end are some ideas on preserving the crop (jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys, drying, and freezing). There's also a sowing summary, a crop selection summary, and a list of hardiness zones. Preparations have their ingredients listed in both metric and avoirdupois measurements... and there is a good explanation on how to use the book, at the front.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770853171
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,104,007
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Gianfrancesco is a plant scientist and gardening book author. He has coordinated hundreds of garden plant tests and trials, which have been widely published internationally.

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