The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 2nd Edition [NOOK Book]

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The invaluable resource for home food gardeners!

Ed Smith's W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs. And those tomatoes and zucchini and basil and cucumbers have nourished countless families, neighbors, and friends with delicious, fresh produce. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is essential reading for locavores in every corner ...
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Overview

The invaluable resource for home food gardeners!

Ed Smith's W-O-R-D system has helped countless gardeners grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs. And those tomatoes and zucchini and basil and cucumbers have nourished countless families, neighbors, and friends with delicious, fresh produce. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is essential reading for locavores in every corner of North America!

EVERYTHING YOU LOVED about the first edition of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is still here: friendly, accessible language; full-color photography; comprehensive vegetable specific information in the A-to-Z section; ahead-of-its-time commitment to organic methods; and much more.

Now, Ed Smith is back with a 10th Anniversary Edition for the next generation of vegetable gardeners. New to this edition is coverage of 15 additional vegetables, including an expanded section on salad greens and more European and Asian vegetables. Readers will also find growing information on more fruits and herbs, new cultivar photographs in many vegetable entries, and a much-requested section on extending the season into the winter months. No matter how cold the climate, growers can bring herbs indoors and keep hardy greens alive in cold frames or hoop houses.

The impulse to grow vegetables is even stronger in 2009 than it was in 2000, when Storey published The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. The financial and environmental costs of fossil fuels raise urgent questions: How far should we be shipping food? What are the health costs of petroleum-based pesticides and herbicides? Do we have to rely on megafarms that use gasoline-powered machinery to grow and harvest crops? With every difficult question, more people think, “Maybe I should grow a few vegetables of my own.” This book will continue to answer all their vegetable gardening questions.


Praise for the First Edition:
"In every small town, there is a vegetable garden that people go out of the way to walk past. Smith is the guy who grew that garden." — Verlyn Klinkenborg, The New York Times Book Review

"An abundance of photographs . . . visually bolster the techniques described, while frequent subheads, sidebars, and information-packed photo captions make the layout user-friendly . . . [Smith’s] book is thorough and infused with practical wisdom and a dry Vermont humor that should endear him to readers." — Publisher's Weekly

"Smith . . . clearly explains everything novice and experienced gardeners need to know to grow vegetables and herbs. . . . " — Library Journal

"this book will answer all your questions as well as put you on the path to an abundant harvest. As a bonus, anecdotes and stories make this informative book fun to read." - New York Newsday

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Library Journal
In this updated, tenth-anniversary edition of his book, Smith, caretaker of a 1500 sq. ft. garden containing almost 100 varieties of vegetables, clearly explains everything novice and experienced gardeners need to know to grow vegetables and herbs using his system of wide, deep, raised beds. He gives detailed instructions on siting, preparing, and planning a vegetable garden, then goes on to cover choosing plant varieties, starting seed, and growing plants. Smith discusses compost creation, companion planting, crop rotation, succession planting, and ecologically friendly methods of dealing with plant diseases and pests. The final third of the book gives specific cultural information (covering all regions of North America), as well as recommended varieties for many vegetables and herbs. Vivid color photographs completely illustrate gardening techniques and the plants he covers. VERDICT While the text is substantially the same as the 1999 edition, with just some minor rearrangement of topics, Smith includes additional vegetables and herbs and has updated the lists of suggested varieties in this highly recommended, comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to vegetable and herb gardening.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603422369
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 118,786
  • File size: 28 MB
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Meet the Author

Edward C. Smith is the best-selling author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible. For more than 30 years he and his wife, Sylvia, have lived off the grid in Vermont, in a house they built on land they cleared by hand. Together, the grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their 2,000 square feet of gardens and containers.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    The Vegetable Gardeners Bible (all you would ever need)

    I recently purchased this book from B&N, and found it to be filled with everything an experienced gardener would need, and also a novice. Edward C. Smith the author, has been gardening for 30 years. He has found what works best and what may not, any every area of the gardening experience. He has always been open for new ideas, and thats one of the reasons he has grown into such an extrodinary gardener. I found that the book gives you details on everything you would ever ask and more. It describes what is best for anything that you may be planting...types of soil, seeds, where to plant, plants that grow well together, pests, windy areas, watering, etc... anything you might need to know, I am sure that you will find it in this book. filled with colored pictures to give you visuals on what the book is describing. Its easy to read and understand. A must for any garden enthusiest. In my opinion, this is the first and last book you will need in gardening.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Awesome

    love it...wish i had bought the regular book rather than the ebook.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    I have read several gardening books and this is by far my favorite. Lots of great, practcal information in a very easy to find format.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Very thorough!!

    Best vegetable gardening book I have ever seen! Well done!

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    This is THE most amazing book on gardening that I have come across!

    Everyone will be blessed with great tasting vegetables if they read and follow this book. I hate weeds, and now I have adapted to the way Stephen C. Smith does his garden. I never knew there were certain vegetables that need each other, that make them taste and flourish better. I am more excited about gardening than ever before. I wish I could show some pics of my garden that I learned from this book. Any gardener needs this book to grow the best vegetables and fruits that they can.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    A wealth of information however, some ot if is a bit outdated (h

    A wealth of information however, some ot if is a bit outdated (horse and plow). Well organized and easy to manuever through with Nook. Give it a 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Love it!

    Great book and reference. A must have for any gardener no matter the skill level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Very helpful

    I was glad to have received this as a Christmas gift this year. Very practical for all experience levels and garden sizes. Pracical, but not just stuff I already knew. A wonderful gift.

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