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Growing Your Own Vegetables: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide [Kindle Edition]

Carla Emery , Lorene Edwards Forkner
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Drawn from and expanded on the bestselling Encyclopedia of Country Living, this is a complete manual for setting up a vegetable garden—whether it’s just a few rows of lettuce or a year-round field that produces enough for a whole family to eat. This book is informed by years of hands-on experience and the wisdom gathered from a generation of homesteaders and small farmers. Starting with planning the garden (plot size, seasonal considerations, getting the most from a small plot) and laying it out (rows, beds, plowing), this book addresses the planning and growing issues for all North American climate zones. Gardeners need to understand (and love) their soil, and the Growing Your Own Vegetables explains it in simple terms, with advice on composting and testing for contamination (so important since this is going to be your food source!). Carla Emery was a very early advocate of gardening without chemical fertilizers, so the approach here is organic all the way. The large part of the book is the crop-by-crop guide to planting, cultivating, and harvesting the delicious vegetables we love to ear: onions, leafy greens, stems and flowers (rhubarb, artichoke, broccoli), roots (spuds, radishes, jicama), grasses & grains (just imagine: your own wheat field!), legumes, gourds, and the nightshade family (that would be tomatoes, peppers, eggplant).

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About the Author

Carla Emery was the author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living. She passed away in 2005. Co-author of Hortus Miscellaneous, Lorene Edwards Forkner is a freelance writer and award-winning garden designer who lives in Seattle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2017 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1570615705
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; Original edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start off y letting you know this book is NOT written by Carla Emery.. this is merely a ripoff of her work by her publishing company.. Carla Emery (Rest her Soul) died in 2005 and her work has been .. shall I say.. edited.. for the time and lack of knowledge for city-dwellers.. If you already HAVE Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living, Vol. 10.. I would suggest you NOT buy this tiny booklet. All the information contained in this book is ALREADY in Carla's Encyclopedia in more depth and detail. If you don't have this book, I would reccomend you buy it instead of this one.

The jist of it is showing ignorant gardeners what, when, and how to plant, how long till harvest, etc. It does NOT contain any what-if information or help regarding pests and diseases.. this is mainly an instrucion booklet. It is a good book, although very short and not very informative, considering I already OWN Carla's Encyclopedia of Country Living and find it MUCH more useful, and informative.. as it goes in depth with each vegetable showing not only propogation how-to, but potential fallbacks and solutions..

Please, don't waste your time with this tiny book. Save your money, add a few dollars to it, and OPT for the BEST source of information ..

Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living Updated 10th edition..

you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical. Experienced. Down-to-Earth. January 16, 2010
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GROWING YOUR OWN VEGETABLES is based on a larger work THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY LIVING by Carla Emery. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA is a massive work of exquisite detail, scope and practicality making it invaluable to the country homesteader.

GROWING is born out of real world, practical experience. Carla Emery is witty, wise and eminently down to earth. She takes the reader through the strategy of where and when to plant, what to grow where, and how to do it successfully. The range of topics includes planting to minimize bugs and threats, planning on varying sunshine, preparing soil, continual harvesting, etc.

As I have begun planning a new vegetable garden, I consulted GROWING. It has helped me with tips and practical advice each step of the way. It was like having an experienced gardener in the chair next to me. I highly recommend the book for the novice and expert alike.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grow Your Own Vegetables, It's Not Rocket Science June 5, 2009
By Jomo
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For those of us who aren't actually interested in homesteading and just want to grow a few of our own vegetables this is a great book to start out with. The book is well written, informative and to the point. Over the years I have observed that all together too many gardening books overwhelm the novice/"ignorant" gardener. This book inspires and directs those of us who have limited experience with growing vegetables.

Edwards-Forkner and the editors of the new Encyclopedia of Country Living series should be commended for honoring the legacy of Carla Emery and giving her work a fresh, approachable new format. For those of us who do not want the all inclusive, 928 page Encyclopedia and just want to start growing vegetables ... this is the book.

If I ever want to "manage a herd of cattle" I'll go spend the day with my neighbor up the road. When we "log our own land" we call the guy with the logging equipment who has it down to an art form and can get us top dollar for our lumber.

When I need the necessary information on how to grow our own vegetables this is the book I'm turning to this spring and summer. And I am looking forward to book two in the series, due out Fall 2009, Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest. I'm kinda hoping that book three will cover raising chickens.

This is a great book to use and share with your children and grandchildren as well. Great for use in the city or country by the humble novice ready to grow vegetables this spring/summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have July 10, 2014
By mrs.b
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I love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars growing your own vegetables May 19, 2014
By auntb
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Great little book for urban gardens. All of Carla Emery books are so helpful. I have purchased several, makes nice gifts for prepping friends and family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok February 20, 2014
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I guess I was expecting something more in-depth... I love NOURISHING TRADITIONS by the same author and was expecting something along the same caliber, it is not. The book is more of a beginners guide, it didn't have any info that I have not heard of or seen before. It is 169 pages long BUT the book is physically small... 7x9 inches and it has really large margins. I truly read it cover to cover in an hour. Disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A beginner's guide to vegetable gardening December 30, 2013
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This book is very basic and lacks some of what would normally be expected from a book instructing you on how to grow vegetables for your kitchen and for preserving. If you are just starting out, this book may get you through a season or two, but there are other references out there that will provide better, in-depth knowledge. I bough this book and it mainly collects dust.
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