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

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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 ...

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603425292
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/17/2010
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 260,990
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Pleasant has written five books for Storey, including the Garden Writer's Association 2003 Garden Globe Award of Achievement winner, Garden Stone. She lives in Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Great Book for Beginners

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    A Great Place to Start

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    must buy

    with this book, any one can start gardening.

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    Posted December 29, 2013

    Freezes

    The reader freezes evertime I open this book

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    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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