Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking - The Complete Guide to Creating a Bountiful Garden

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The vegetable gardening genre grows with these two titles. Bradley and Courtier have a lot of experience in that field and have written an easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide to growing vegetables and herbs with mainly organic methods. They begin by describing planning the garden, preparing the soil, sowing, planting, cultivating, and harvesting; individual entries for each plant including detailed instructions for planting, starting seeds, caring, and harvesting follow. "Problem Solver" boxes share how to deal with insect pests and plant diseases specific to the plant, while "Best of the Bunch" lists suggest varieties with descriptions. Packed with information, this beautifully illustrated book for both experienced and novice gardeners is highly recommended for libraries needing an additional book on how to grow vegetables. Smith (The Vegetable Gardener's Bible) writes for those who don't have the room-or the inclination-for an in-ground vegetable garden. Although many container gardening books detail how to grow vegetables like tomatoes in pots, Smith also shows us how to grow cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and many other vegetables in self-watering containers. He begins with general information about choosing pots and soil, starting transplants, cultivating, and managing pests and diseases; next, he shares in-depth instructions for organically growing each vegetable, herb, or edible flower in a pot. For each plant, he includes suggestions for pot sizes and information on planting, cultivating, harvesting, suggested varieties, and which plants grow best in pots. Illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, Smith's book is highly recommended for all libraries.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762106295
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/16/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 628,633
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Very Informative

    I give this book full credit for why my garden is flourishing. I have a friend who's herbs are dying and tomatoes have blight, but not mine. This book let me know what to do and how to spot all that before it got out of hand. My garden is doing so well, I'm working outside nearly every day. My only complaint is that the section on weeds isn't descriptive enough. I'm a true beginner at this and didn't know the difference b/t the weeds and the seedlings for my plants, so I think I pulled up some veggies during my first weeding session. Other than that, my garden is impressive!

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