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Home Vegetable Gardening: A Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of all Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing for Home Use (Illustrated Edition) Paperback – December 22, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: ReadaClassic.com (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611043719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611043716
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

For those who understand the significance of home-grown foods to surviving and thriving in difficult times, F. F. Rockwell's no-nonsense Home Vegetable Gardening: A Complete And Practical Guide To The Planting And Care Of All Vegetables, Fruits And Berries Worth Growing For Home Use, may be the best single volume, practical manual of family-feeding, high-yield home gardening ever compiled. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

F. F. Rockwell authored the book "Home Vegetable Gardening" in the early 1900's, together with many articles on gardening and plants.

Customer Reviews

Planting guide was very out stated.
Gladys Kercheval
A really good reference book for the gardening crowd.
jo ann c
The book was well written and easy to understand.
Robert E. Kirtland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

89 of 90 people found the following review helpful By icebear on May 9, 2010
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This book can be very useful for the small space gardener as it discusses at length, basics of gardening. Anywhere the book describes use of horses, logic would indicate that a tiller of varying sizes could be substituted. Crop rotation is also discussed, and multiple acres are not needed for this.
I enjoyed the instructions on constructing a manure-driven hotbed. This was the way it was done before electric seedling heat mats were around. Also prepping sods for seed starting. It reminded me of the way things were done years before pellet pots, plastic seed flats and cell packs were common.
The book is old enough to resurrect much of the forgotten techniques used by our grandparents and great-grandparents -of the way things were, the way things could be again for those trying to garden more naturally and self-sufficiently... not buying everything from the garden store. It might also be helpful for the budding survivalist who no longer wants to rely on manufactured products.

I found the list of seed varieties in the book to be fascinating. Recognizing many of the listed varieties to still be available today. It was neat to see some of the Heirloom seed choices i made were also the Author's picks.

The age of the book in most cases matters very little when it comes to gardening basics, things don't change much at all. In fact, this book might be better for beginners since it is a book that encourages a do-it-yourself and a 'from the ground up' tone. It is almost void of any pre-made devices and there are no gimmicky products being hocked.
The old standby tools are recommended, time tested and readily available.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By MainelyClassics on May 23, 2011
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This Kindle book, "Home Vegetable Gardening -a Complete and Practical Guide to the Planting and Care of All Vegetables, Fruits and Berries Worth Growing for Home Use" was published in 1911. It was the first work by F. P. Rockwell, a prolific and well-known horticultural author of his day. He was founder of Home Garden Magazine. Among his many other accomplishments, he was the Sunday garden editor of the New York Times, and garden editor of McCall's.

"Waste of Time" or "I loved it" are not cutting it for me when making a decision of whether or not to add a particular publication to my e-collection, so here is my take on this book:

There are at least six issues for readers: (1) The information is 100 years old and outdated (ie use of coal ashes; broccoli "is a poorer cousin of the cauliflower...of little use where cauliflower can be grown..."). (2) This publication was intended for a larger gardening operation where you own a tractor, disc, etc. (onions can be stored in "a few barrels, with holes knocked in the sides...for a small quantity...") (3) It written in the verbose style of the day. (4) It is missing charts that should be there (especially lacking in the chapter on pest control). (5) As you would guess for its (free Kindle) price, it does not have illustrations that would enhance the text very much. (6) The TOC is NOT interactive, so you can't easily skip to the information that you are interested in.

All that said, its primary use would be in the historical arena. Add one star if you have a strong interest in heirloom varieties and historic methods of gardening.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rick on April 1, 2011
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This guide is like listening to your grandparents. It's not a fast read. I' ve spent 60 yrs growing my own dinner and almost everything I've read in it works for here in the Smoky Mtns for gardening. I had zero problems with my Kindle download. For free? Way to many complaints. I highly reccomend it. Old Geezer
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Alex (mouse) on January 3, 2011
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My rating is based solely on the Kindle (& Kindle application...) versions. This book has a lot of tables, none of which transferred to the Kindle. There are many pages of random lines and dashes with the occasional word thrown in.
I will likely look at the paperback in the store to see if it is useful, but the Kindle version is an absolute waste of time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Delaney on March 20, 2013
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This is not the organic gardeners guide to growing. Nor is it Monsanto's! The information is a bit dated, but the old ways still have a lot to teach us. for the price, it was a good addition to the gardening library
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There was not enough information in this book. When they reprinted it, they left out the drawings. This took a lot away from the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2013
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Just wish that the tables and figures had been reproduced in a usable format. Then I would have given it five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CSD on January 14, 2013
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Definitely not a book that was helpful to me but being a novice gardener and having absolutely no clue what I am doing did not make the reading and information in this book very easy for me to follow.
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