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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing; First American Edition edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882663208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663203
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,674,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is easy to read and follow.
I have purchased this book several times and gave them to my friends.
I highly recommend this book to any gardener!

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By GENE GERUE on June 1, 2000
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Some books are like gold-bearing ore--you have to sift tons of words to find a few nuggets. This book has nuggets on nearly every page. And unlike some authors, Raymond is open-minded to the various gardening methods and has tried them. Even better, he has worked in different soils in different parts of the country. And he is innovative.
I am not a fan of tillers and I am biased against chemicals, so Raymond had to overcome my initial skepticism. He did. While he extols the use of his tiller [he has a long relationship with Troy-Bilt, owned by Garden Way, publishers of this book], he also shows how to garden without one. And in most cases he offers organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Furthermore, he started out on a farm, paid for his first home with a garden and roadside stand, has appeared in food production documentaries and has given gardening classes throughout the country, face-to-face and on radio and television.
I do not agree with all he writes, nor is he inclusive of all gardening methods, for instance Fukuoka's no-till, Steiner's biodynamics or Mollison's permaculture. But in gardening, the proof is in the eating and it is clear that Dick Raymond eats very well. Beginning, mid-field and advanced gardeners alike will learn valuable techniques for soil enrichment, bed-building, seed-growing, transplanting, spacing, weed-killing and insect-handling. He is excellent on green manure crops, seeding and harvesting. I was especially taken with his Eternal Yield experimental plots, where he imports only seeds and lime but has improved yields and soil over a ten-year period. "My goal was to plant different sequences of green manure crops to see if they alone could provide all the nutrients food crops need.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 9, 2001
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I never gardened until I moved to Vermont a few years back. As a city slicker I was amazed a little seed in some dirt could amount to anything. I got a few gardening books to help me, but this one handed to me by my mother-in-law was the very best (I found the others, especially "Gardening for Dummies" a waste of money). Dick's book is filled with photos of just about any run-of-the-mill vegetable (such as the tomato) as well as the more exotic (like my favorite, the brussels sprout). With clear and easy to follow directions and photos, Dick guides you through the process of growing any vegetable successfully. My second season of gardening I had an incredible bounty of tomatoes as my fellow gardeners' tomatoes were hit by blight - I just followed Dick's suggestions for planting and mulching. With the help of this book, I became a somewhat comfortable organic vegetable gardener. I just bought it for a friend on the West Coast as a housewarming gift - he plans to plant his first garden ever, and as he spoke, I just knew this book would help him.
The only caveats I would add are: 1) I did not find much success with his seed-scattering method. For some veggies, he suggests using a wide row and putting seeds in a salt shaker to scatter and over-sow, and then raking through to thin the young sprouts. I did find his wide-row method helpful for planting more in a smaller area, but I found I had to plot out where things would go. 2) This is a book for organic vegetable gardening. If you are interested in commercial pesticides or primarily in flower-gardening, this book is not for you.
Good luck & happy planting!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
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My parents gave me this book when it first came out. I'd already been rasing vegetables for over 20 years and considered myself somewhat of an expert. This book provides a lot of great ideas which I have never seen elsewhere. These include techniques for weed control, getting the earliest crops, getting the most out of available space, and expecially for reducing labor. And they work! I've had a 30 by 40 foot garden for years which has provided my family (of 7) with good eating in season and plenty for canning and freezing. This year, I'm going to use all my available space (about 50 by 80). I fully expect to raise enough to keep the family in veggies for most of the year. Whether you're a novice or an 'expert', you can benefit big time. The Joy of Gardening is far and away my number one reference. Nothing else comes close.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Stein ( on April 13, 1999
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About 10 years ago, as a Pastor of a small church in Ohio, I began to garden a small plot in the back of our house for fun and for survival. My first attempt was feeble, and I went to the local library to read up on vegetable gardening. That's where I "met" Dick Raymond and this book. It changed my gardening life overnight. Over the next couple of years, I had gardens in my small town that even the "old timers" came around to see and compliment me on, as I followed the techniques Dick outlines in this book. His "wide row" gardening approach is just common sense, but flies in the face of traditional gardening wisdom. He writes in a very down-to-earth and simple-to-understand manner about every subject concerning growing more and better vegetables and with such enthusiasm that convinces anyone that they can be successful growing vegetables. If you own only one book to help you grow better vegetables, this one is it! Thank you, Dick Raymond for hours of gardening pleasure and some of the most delicious vegetables I have ever tasted!
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