The Organic Vegetable Gardener

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A productive, attractive vegetable garden bursting with colour and flavour forms the heart and soul of any garden, no matter how small. The satisfaction gained from knowing where your food has come from, that it is fresh, seasonal and free from toxic chemicals cannot be beaten. The Organic Vegetable Gardener allows you to discover the joy of growing your own mouth-watering organic crops, covering all aspects of preparation and cultivation through to harvesting. All the practical information you’ll need to get ...

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Overview

A productive, attractive vegetable garden bursting with colour and flavour forms the heart and soul of any garden, no matter how small. The satisfaction gained from knowing where your food has come from, that it is fresh, seasonal and free from toxic chemicals cannot be beaten. The Organic Vegetable Gardener allows you to discover the joy of growing your own mouth-watering organic crops, covering all aspects of preparation and cultivation through to harvesting. All the practical information you’ll need to get started is covered, from choosing the best site to preparation and design. Sowing seeds, growing plants indoors and outdoors, in containers or in beds, crop rotation, dealing with pests and diseases and harvesting are also explained in detail. Finally, a comprehensive directory of popular vegetable species and varieties provides an easy-reference guide when choosing what to grow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861088161
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Former primary school head teacher Yvonne CutTCertson is a passionate writer and gardener. She holds a Royal Horticultural Society General Certificate in Horticulture (RHS General) and has contributed to many publications in the UK and US. Her previous titles for GMC Publications are Success with Herbs and Beginner’s Guide to Herb Gardening. Also available in the same series: Practical Allotments 9781861086402

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 Growing vegetables outdoors

Choosing your site 12

Planning your plot 16

Preparing your plot 18

Vegetable garden designs 20

Making a lettuce ladder 24

Salad cartwheel 26

Raised beds 27

Potagers 28

The flower border 30

Containers 31

Planting a pot for vegetables 35

Growing potatoes in a pot 36

2 Growing vegetables under cover

Greenhouses 40

Cold frames 48

Polytunnels 50

Other types of cover 51

3 Choosing vegetable seed and plants

Growing from seed 54

Types of seed 56

Sowing in trays 58

Other methods of sowing 60

Biodegradable pots 66

Buying plants 67

Sprouting seeds 68

4 Vegetable-growing basics

Digging your plot 72

Healthy soil 73

The compost heap 76

Organic fertilizer 78

Green manure 80

Mulching plants 81

Crop rotation 82

Pests and diseases 84

Harvesting 85

5 Companion plants

The benefits of companion plants 88

6 Directory of vegetables

Hardiness zones 98

Plant naming 100

Glossary 168

About the author 171

Photo credits 171

Index 172

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