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Vegetable Gardening

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Gardening advice specifically focused on regions in the South. In the back it even has a chart for each state showing when to plant all the different veggies and what varieties do best in which areas. Other useful sections include a chart showing how much to plant if you just want to eat stuff in season, and how much extra if you want to store food for the winter (canning, freezing, etc). There are instructions on how to most efficiently layout the garden, how to garden in small spaces (including building your own strawberry barrel), how to start plants early or grow them through the winter in a hotbed, coldframe or greenhouse (with some instructions on building those things yourself) and even how to grow plants without soil (although the hydroponic method sounds terribly tedious). One chapter of the book describes each vegetable with specific growing instructions, another is dedicated to berries and vines, and a third to herbs. I found the black-and-white line drawings here quite charming. Another very useful section is where the book identifies beneficial insects, and also has a photo gallery to help you identify pests and diseases. For the first time I now know what the bug that ate my broccoli is! So, even though the book feels dated in some parts, it's certainly already been useful to me and I'm keeping it around.

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A complete encyclopedia of common and not-so-common vegetables, from artichokes to zucchini. How-to information on watering, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, combating pests, harvesting, storing and more. Techniques for special situations: container gardens, hillsides, and small spaces.… (more)

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