The Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening
Building & Maintaining Healthy Soil - Wise Watering - Pest Control Strategies - Home Composting - Dozens of Growing Guides for Fruits & Vegetables
Paperback ISBN: 0760351872
Mother Earth News knows best how to grow fruits and vegetables. The editors of Mother Earth News have curated their best advice for growing vegetables and fruits into one must-have volume. The book starts with how to plan a garden focused on edibles, including plans for kitchen gardens, strategies for small space gardening, and extensive information on installing and maintaining permanent beds. Vertical gardening and season extension are also covered. Then readers learn how to build the ideal garden foundation with chapters on maintaining soil health and making and using compost. Building fertile soil, soil pH, and crop rotation are fully explained. Readers will learn about homemade liquid fertilizers, making biochar, and vermicompost. The rest of the book â?? more than half - is devoted to gardening by season, with chapters for late winter/early spring, spring/early summer, summer, and fall/winter. For some of these chapters, vegetable- and fruit-specific guides are the main draw. For example, early spring runs through more than a dozen vegetables, from Asian greens and lettuces to raspberries, strawberries, and even fruit trees. While spring/summer is also filled with growing guides, summer and fall/winter focus more on other seasonal considerations. For example, summer covers wise watering practices, top vegetables to grow in the shade, and how to keep crops cool during hot weather. With more than 270 pages packed of time-tested information, photographs, and Mother Earth News's charming illustrations, gardeners are sure to find everything they want to know about edible gardening in this new masterclass on the topic.
The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects
Raised Bedds-Cold Frames-Compost Bins-Planters-Plant Supports-Trellises-Harvesting and Storage Aids
Paperback ISBN: 1603425268
Make your garden more productive, your garden chores easier, and your outdoor spaces more enjoyable! With a little time and a few tools, you can create handsome, handcrafted items for your garden at a fraction of the cost of buying them in stores. The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects offers 39 simple projects, from cold frames to compost bins, planters to picnic tables, trellises to tool storage. Each project was selected by Storey's editors to be functional, attractive, and easy to complete. For each one, you'll find step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, complete materials and lumber lists, and a four-color photo of the finished product. Many of the projects can be done by beginners, and most can be completed in a few hours. Whether you need support for your beans and peas or a comfortable chair to relax in when the work is done, these projects are just what you're looking for.
The Salad Garden
Paperback ISBN: 0711238707
A guide to growing more than 200 salad plants, The Salad Garden covers all you need to know, from site preparation to harvesting, detailing special planting techniques, advice on the best varieties (for growing and for flavour) and plenty of tips and tric for bountiful crops. Joy Larkcom also shows you how to create a beautiful potager garden, with tips such as training tomatoes up attractive spiral supports, planting for theatrical height and edible seed pods.
100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden
Paperback ISBN: 0761114009
From planting and harvesting to fertilizing and caging, this detailed gardening book provides all the "ins" and "outs" of tomato growing, in a guide that comes complete with a review of tomatoes of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Original.
Build a Better Vegetable Garden
30 DIY Projects to Improve Your Harvest
Paperback ISBN: 0711238421
Following on from the hugely successful Polytunnel Book, Joyce and Ben Russell have devised 30 kitchen garden projects that anyone can make and enjoy. Not only do the projects add decorative detail to the garden, each project is devised to either extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. Apart from the obvious cost-savings benefits from growing or making your own, the desire to work with craft fulfils the need to keep improving our patch of land. These compelling projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure. From simple woodwork projects for cloches, tunnels and frames to gadgets that deter slugs and carrot root fly, these projects are well-designed as well as decorative. Each project includes step-by-step instructions as well as a list of materials and tools you'll need and a relative skills rating. Accompanying each project are growing tips and specific crop advice to help you make the most of your crop. To be enjoyed by gardeners of all levels and anyone who loves growing their own. Projects include: Leaf mould container; simple cloche; fruit cage; bean support; plant labels; herb bed; large bean frame; raised bed; poly cloche; plant propagator; boot scraper; mini greenhouse; drying cabinet; carrot fly protector; compost bins.
The Edible Landscape
Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden With Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers
Paperback ISBN: 0760341397
"A guide to designing and planting gardens comprising vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, and ornamentals. Illustrated with color photography"--Provided by publisher.
The Jam Maker's Garden
Grow Your Own Seasonal Preserves
Hardcover ISBN: 0711238146
Growing your own veg, fruit, herbs and flowers is second nature for many gardeners but this book shows how to preserve the best homegrown ingredients in jams, chutneys, cordials and sauces for many months and even years to come. From planning the jam-maker’s garden through to selecting the best varieties to grow; from sowing and planting to harvesting and foraging, and using tried and tested cooking methods to preserve the best flavour and quality, this book presents 50 recipes for the tastiest jams, chutneys and preserves that you’ll savour for months. Everyone loves eating jam and now we have a good reason to grow the ingredients and create the jams, chutneys and cordials to share.