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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Home vegetable gardening is all the rage. Millions of Americans have picked up spade and hoe and are digging into the soil for the first time. But starting a garden isn’t always simple. Many hopeful growers find themselves confused by the dizzying array of things to know about soil quality, garden layout, seeds, temperatures, planting schedules, fertilizer,

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Home vegetable gardening is all the rage. Millions of Americans have picked up spade and hoe and are digging into the soil for the first time. But starting a garden isn’t always simple. Many hopeful growers find themselves confused by the dizzying array of things to know about soil quality, garden layout, seeds, temperatures, planting schedules, fertilizer, pests, watering, and harvesting. Still other first-time gardeners plant too much, only to find themselves overwhelmed and exhausted by July.

Barbara Pleasant is here to help. In Starter Vegetable Gardens, Pleasant a master gardener and award-winning gardening writer takes the guesswork out of growing food, explaining in simple, straightforward language how to start, maintain, and expand a bountiful vegetable garden in small, manageable spaces.

Pleasant presents 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans from a simple bag garden (planted right in soil bags!) to an orderly border and from a family food factory to specialty beds for salads, Cajun flavors, and Italian cuisine. For each plan she provides plant and material lists, a plot layout, four-color photographs, and tips for succession planting to keep the garden productive all season long. Her all-organic approach ensures that the harvest is not simply tasty but also chemical-free.

Pleasant anticipates and answers novice gardeners myriad questions, guiding readers through the complexities of assessing site and soil, understanding the climate, choosing the very best vegetable varieties, starting seeds, identifying insect friends and foes, watering, fertilizing, mulching, and harvesting.

The books layout is friendly and accessible, filled with detailed images that bring the concepts to life. Both instructive and inspiring, Starter Vegetable Gardens is an essential one-stop resource for anyone just beginning to cultivate a vegetable-gardening green thumb.

Includes 24 illustrated planting plans including:

  •  Easy-Care Bag Garden
  •  Backyard Veggie Border
  •  Front-Yard Food Supply
  •  Family Food Factory
  •  Paintbrush Beds
  •  High-Value Verticals
  •  Marinara Medley
  •  Managed Mulch Garden
  •  Sweet Corn & Company
  •  Cajun Spice
  •  Six-Weeks-Sooner Salad Garden


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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:
9781603423670
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
403,978
File size:
11 MB
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