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Homegrown Harvest: A Season-by-Season Guide to a Sustainable Kitchen Garden Hardcover – November 15, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

In this wonderfully structured gardening guide, generously illustrated with luscious photos, the American Horticultural Society shows temperate-climate gardeners how to make their ways through the gardening year. The book is arranged by season, from early spring to late winter, with how-to advice on growing vegetables and fruits, subdivided into tasks for the different vegetable families and fruit trees, bushes, and vines in each subseason, individualized for mild-winter, medium-temperature, and cold-winter regions. Interspersed are instructions on basics such as how to test soil, grow seedlings, combat pests, and harvest, as well as more esoteric activities like drying herbs for winter use, grafting and pruning fruit trees, and growing edible flowers. Common vegetables and fruits are thoroughly covered, but readers are encouraged to try more exotic edibles as well, from kiwis and lingonberries to Claytonia and red orach (both salad greens), with full pages devoted to the myriad varieties of tomatoes, pears, and potatoes and a section by Lee Reich on growing less familiar native fruits like pawpaws, juneberries, elderberries, and beach plums. The book's sumptuous tone, instructive photographs, and detailed directions should give beginning gardeners the enthusiasm and confidence to get started and organizationally challenged old-timers a sigh of relief that they won't have to figure out what to do next. (Jan.)
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Sustainable agriculture has become a watchword for applying sound ecological principles to contemporary fruit and vegetable gardening. Anyone with an urge to use this system to design and construct a viable garden for supplying a community’s produce needs will welcome the vast amount of helpful, detailed information that this book offers. Whether one has only a small area for a few containers or a substantial plot that can accommodate raised beds, a motivated gardener can grow something worthwhile. Because all agriculture depends on availability of light, warmth, water, and soil, the text inventories what plants will thrive under what conditions, and what a gardener can do in diverse areas to maximize the varieties of fruits and vegetables the ground can reasonably hope to generate for consumption. Produced under the aegis of the American Horticultural Society, this volume offers a host of techniques and resources that both beginners and experts will find valuable. --Mark Knoblauch
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335601
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rita Pelczar grew up in a garden. In college, she studied horticulture, receiving both BS (in pomology and olericulture) and MS (in ornamental horticulture) degrees from the University of Maryland. She gained extensive gardening experience in a career that includes managing public gardens and greenhouses, teaching, working as a Peace Corps volunteer, and growing edible crops. She has written, edited, and contributed to a number of gardening books and gardening magazines and is currently a contributing editor for The American Gardener. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina where her ornamental and edible gardens continue to expand. She also grows organic hops commercially and raises chickens for fun.

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Format: Hardcover
`Homegrown Harvest' is a guide, a book that urges everyone to grow at least some of their own food; whether they have a big yard or just a balcony. There are many lovely pictures of gardens and food that is growing - far better than any I have. Information is given on container gardens, raised beds and even in a bag. Many pictures attempt to show techniques such as testing your soil. There are good instructions on planting, including fruit bushes.
It would be better if there was more help with diseases and problems -pictures to identify them. A beginning gardener might need more help than this book provides. It is also a surprise, since they are advocating growing in even very small spaces that there is very little information on herbs, which could even be grown on windowsill gardens. There also needs to be more of an emphasis on what grows in different regions.

The book is organized into seasons, early, mid and late. There are vegetable sowing and harvesting charts which are very helpful.
For those who want to garden this will give plenty of charts and information on both growing and storing the food you have grown.
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I have a lot of food gardening books, and this one will replace several of them. I especially appreciate the way that it was organized. Instead of grouping things by what kind of fruit or vegetable they are, it's organized by season, and by season I mean as granular as early spring, mid spring, late spring, early summer, etc. It tells you what you should be planting when, and covers fruit trees, cane fruits, vegetables, potatoes, etc. This is the thing I need the most help with when it comes to planning and planting my garden; just when am I supposed to be doing what? It covers all aspects of culture, from starting plants, to pruning trees, and has pictures to help you recognize various diseases. For instance, now I know what a canker looks like on a fruit tree, and now I also know what to do about it.

Full of great information and brimming with gorgeous color pictures, I found this terrific book by the American Horticultural Society this afternoon at the library. I am ordering it for my very own tonight.
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Thank you for offering this informative, well organized book to me, the enthusiastic backyard kitchen gardener who loves to cook and use fresh produce. This seasonal guide is exceptionally well written and much appreciated! My little kitchen garden is sure to benefit each season from this point forward! The pictures are helpful to me as are the sowing and harvesting charts. I am now contemplating building a cold frame as described in the book...looks like I could get almost year round greens using that simple and inexpensive technique! Very cool!
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I am a master gardener and have found this book to be an invaluable resource. The organization by seasons allows for understanding of vegetable gardening both by the plants and the process of maintaining the garden.
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