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The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System…

by Edward C. Smith

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A great introduction to organic gardening techniques, especially no-dig deep raised beds. He shows how to prepare ground, lay out beds and grow individual types of fruit and vegetables. If it can work for him with deep snow in mid-winter in the States, its probably going to work OK in gardens and allotments in the UK. Well it does for me anyway! ( )
  jimll | Oct 28, 2011 |
I checked out several books on vegetable gardening from the library recently -- "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible" is the only one I wanted to buy a copy of for myself. This book is a great gardening reference -- especially the crop by crop listing for each vegetable, which includes instructions on how to sow, good varieties and even the right time for picking. The book felt really accessible for a beginning gardener, as opposed to some of the other books I looked through at the library. ( )
  amerynth | Jun 5, 2011 |
An excellent resource for starting a garden. The best part of the book is part 3 which contains an A-Z guide for herbs and vegetables. The information in this reference area is practically the same as all the other books, however the layout is far superior. I have several reference books but I find myself using this one because the layout is easy to understand and has everything I want to know in the right locations on the page. No hunting through paragraphs to find what I want.

Even if you are not into wide row gardening this book is worth the price simply for the reference section. ( )
  mysigp226 | Dec 27, 2006 |
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Wouldn't it be lovely to have a patch of corn, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and beans just steps from your kitchen door? Would you like to learn how to control your zucchini plant? Ed Smith, an experienced vegetable gardener from Vermont, has put together this amazingly comprehensive and commonsensical manual, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. Basically, Ed and his family have been growing a wide variety of vegetables for years and he's figured out what works. This book, filled with step-by-step info and color photos, breaks it all down for you.

Ed's system is based on W-O-R-D: Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds, Deep soil. With deep, raised beds, vegetable roots have more room to grow and expand. In traditional narrow-row beds, over half the soil is compacted into walkways while a garden with wide, deep, raised beds, plants get to use most of the soil. In Ed's plan, growing space gets about three-quarters of the garden plot and only about a quarter is used for the walkway. Ed teaches you how to create raised beds both in a larger garden or in separate planked beds. One of the most important--and most often overlooked--aspects of successful vegetable gardening is crop rotation. Leaving a crop in the same place for years can deplete nutrients in that area and makes the crop more likely to be attacked by insects. Rotate at least every two years and your vegetables will be healthier and bug-free. There's also a good section on insect and blight control.

Before choosing what to grow, go through the last third of the book, where Ed takes a look at the individual growing, harvesting, and best varieties of a large number of both common and more exotic vegetables and herbs. Whether you are a putterer or a serious gardener, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is an excellent resource to have handy. --Dana Van Nest

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Already loved for its friendly advice, vegetable-specific information, and unwavering commitment to organic methods, America's best-selling vegetable-gardening book now covers more plants and offers smart new solutions for small-space and extended-season gardening.… (more)

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