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

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Nothing beats the taste of vegetables from a home garden, and with Vegetable Gardening it's never been easier. With over 80 varieties of vegetables to choose from, eating delicious, just-picked produce is a snap. Learn every step of creating and maintaining a cornucopia of garden-fresh vegetables: from choosing and planning your plot, preparing the soil, selecting seeds or cultivating seedlings, proper watering, harvesting, and storing.

From composting and mulching to caring for...

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Overview

Nothing beats the taste of vegetables from a home garden, and with Vegetable Gardening it's never been easier. With over 80 varieties of vegetables to choose from, eating delicious, just-picked produce is a snap. Learn every step of creating and maintaining a cornucopia of garden-fresh vegetables: from choosing and planning your plot, preparing the soil, selecting seeds or cultivating seedlings, proper watering, harvesting, and storing.

From composting and mulching to caring for and harvesting vegetables, it's clear that most gardeners want to use organic methods and avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides. But what happens when things go wrong and organic solutions don't seem to be working? The two authors of this book have different answers to this question.

Jane Courtier takes the view that organic methods are the "first, best choice," but she occasionally uses chemical fertilizer and will resort to chemical pesticides if a serious problem arises. Fern Marshall Bradley writes from the viewpoint of a longtime organic gardener who's chosen to never use any chemicals in her garden. Together they've created a book that looks at vegetable gardening from both points of view. There are substantive issues on both sides-and in the end, it's an individual choice. Let them help you make up your own mind!

Special-feature sidebars provide problem-solver tips, including:

  • Planting Guides with problem-solver tips on what and how much to plant, site preparation, and when to plant
  • Temperature alerts for the best growing temperatures
  • Quick Tips that give additional tidbits of information such as health tips, how to mark the crops, how deep to plant certain seeds, and more
  • Best of the Bunch provides information about the varieties available, how they produce, growing time, annual or perennial, and more
  • Guide to Vegetable Yields, Sowing to Harvest Times, A Guide to Seeds, and many more graphs and charts
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Sales popped and vegetable gardeners enthused about an earlier edition of this trustworthy guide. In its 288 pages, readers will find everything they need to know about more than 80 vegetable varieties. Every stage from planting to picking is covered and the handy sidebars help you on topics ranging from temperature alerts to health tips to planting pointers. A reliable backyard-tested guide to vegetable gardening.

Michelle Marozik

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606524237
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 2/16/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 421,505
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.71 (h) x 0.65 (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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