Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

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by Barbara Pleasant
     
 

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Develop your green thumb as you learn to grow your own food. In this introductory guide to growing vegetables, Barbara Pleasant addresses common problems that first-time gardeners encounter. Using simple language and illustrated garden layouts, Pleasant shows you how to start, maintain, and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden in even the tiniest backyard.

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Develop your green thumb as you learn to grow your own food. In this introductory guide to growing vegetables, Barbara Pleasant addresses common problems that first-time gardeners encounter. Using simple language and illustrated garden layouts, Pleasant shows you how to start, maintain, and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden in even the tiniest backyard. With handy tips on enriching soil, planting schedules, watering, fighting pests, and more, you’ll quickly discover how easy it is to enjoy your own homegrown vegetables. 

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Pleasant (The Complete Compost Gardening Guide) has turned her gift for language and her green thumb into an excellent recourse for the home vegetable gardener. Her No-Fail garden plans, including buying lists, suggested garden layouts, and recommendations for seasonal crop rotations, gently guide the reader. The plans progress through a three-year expansion that easily builds each year's garden off the previous one. Beyond the garden plans, Pleasant introduces necessary topics, such as mulch, watering, insects, and diseases, without intimidating the reluctant gardener. The result for gardeners, who will grow in knowledge and experience as their crops flourish, will be productive, low-maintenance, attractive vegetable gardens. The captivating pictures, detailed diagrams, and excellent appendix and glossary are all bonuses. VERDICT Highly recommended. The gentle guidance here will inspire all new gardeners to get dirty and cultivate their own green thumbs. It will be well used all growing season long.—Jennifer Beach, Indiana State Lib., Richmond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603425292
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/17/2010
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
488,707
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Barbara Pleasant has been covering organic gardening and self-sufficient living for more than 30 years. A contributing editor to Mother Earth News, Pleasant has garnered multiple awards from the Garden Writers Association and the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She has written books on topics ranging from compost to weeds, including Plant to Preserve, Starter Vegetable Gardens, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide (with Deborah L. Martin), The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, The Gardener’s Bug Book, The Gardener’s Weed Book, The Gardener’s Guide to Plant Diseases, and Garden Stone. Her columns and articles appear regularly in Mother Earth Living magazine and at GrowVeg.com and on other informational websites. Pleasant lives in Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, and fruits along with a few chickens, who all have names. 

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Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you are looking to plant an organic garden. I have had a bit of a black thumb in the past, so I bought this book to help me grow a successful garden. Barbara Pleasant gives you several different garden plans to choose, starting with a beginner level to advanced. Most plans come with a 3 year plan, with your garden expanding each year. She explains how to set up a compost system, crop rotation through the years, and cultivating soil through the three year system. I am on a beginner garden right now, and everything is growing beautifully so far. Illustrations are fantastic, layout is simple. Covers everything from plans to watering, mulching, pests, even the best way to harvest. Definitely a greeat book for a beginner like me, although I assume their would be great information for more advanced gardeners as well.
Anne-B More than 1 year ago
This book is a good place to start. I am adding to my garden beds and I was reminded today why Ms. Pleasant develops the gardens in this book in 3 years. It would be so much work to try and put in one of the year 3 gardens in 1 year. It would also be a huge investment. By spreading it out over 3 years, each garden is much more manageable. This book has some wonderful information in it. I especially like the first garden (the bag garden) because it avoids all the work of building raised beds from the beginning. You make use of the dirt in the bags and develop your garden over a 3 year period. The other plans are fun to look through and give lots of helpful information. Each plan comes with a list of what you need (super helpful) and directions of how to build it. The pictures of how to put in a tomato cage are very helpful! This book is not as overwhelming as The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. I also love the section on storing seeds. This book is really a place to start from though. What you actually do in your garden may not look exactly like any of these gardens. You can use part of a plan that works with your yard. You may not want to use all of the plants, but substitute a few that you prefer. You could follow one of these plans exactly (everything is explained and listed out very clearly), but gardening is different for everyone. Our yards are different shapes and we prefer different vegetables and flowers. If you do substitute and not follow part of Ms. Pleasant's ideas though look up companion planting and how much sun what your substituting needs. Even though I'm not using one of her plans, the information that Ms. Pleasant weaves in with the plans is great basic information and it has helped me in my gardening this year. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing.
lond25 More than 1 year ago
with this book, any one can start gardening.
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New2nookDR More than 1 year ago
I loved this ebook book so well that I also bought the paperback!! It is loaded with good information, and is exactly what I have been looking for!
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The reader freezes evertime I open this book