Burpee-- the Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener

Burpee-- the Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener

A Guide to Growing your Garden Organically

Book - 1997
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A Backyard-Gardener's Guide to Growing a Bountiful, Great-Tasting Harvest

The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener features:

A full-color encyclopedia of over 100 vegetables and herbs with detailed, expert advice on growing them successfully from planting to harvest Planting and growing techniques that keep maintenance to a minimum Entries on how to grow unusual edibles, such as refreshing mesclun for salads, colorful edible flowers, spicy mustards, and more Descriptions and photos of a host of succulent vegetables, both hybrids and heirlooms, from common to exotic Complete information on improving even the poorest garden soil using safe, organic techniques, plus practical advice on making compost Recommendations on garden tools you need-and those you don't Information on controlling pests and diseases organically, without resorting to poisonous sprays Spectacular full-color photographs of vegetables and herbs, food gardens, and edible landscapes, plus 30 black-and-white line drawings
Publisher: New York : Macmillan USA, [1997]
ISBN: 9780028620053
0028620054
Branch Call Number: 635.04 Cu
Characteristics: ix, 438 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm

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Sep 21, 2012

Someone once asked me what my favorite non-fiction book is. It is this book, hands-down. This is a jumping-off point for any new gardener and a huge resource for those highly experienced. The book is written in a friendly, respectful, down-to-earth way, but does not skimp on information. It is frequently the book that I sit down with in the mornings when I have my cup of coffee- you can open to any page and start reading and learn something.
This book is in sections. Section I is general gardening info: history of growing foods, how to make gardens, basic soil chemistry, tools, and disease or insect information. The second section is a highly detailed summary of every vegetable or herb widely grown. (Please note: there are no fruit tree, berry, or esoteric herb summaries included). Each plant is given subheadings: A short but sweet History of the plant in documentation (for example, this line taken from the history of lettuce section: "...Americans have been eating it -about 26 pounds per person a year- ever since colonial times, despite the 16th century warning that children born of lettuce eaters 'do become idle foolish and peevish persons'"), Deciding What To Grow, Site&Soil, How To Grow, Potential Problems, Harvesting, and Special Notes. General nutritional information is given.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone interested in gardening, food, or history. It is a wonderful book.

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