Here’s the book for vegetable gardeners in a hurry. Diacono and Leendertz present 50 crops that are at their best when grown rapidly. These include plants that are not traditionally quick to harvest, but are actually improved by being picked when immature. Think sweet, tender baby carrots, for example. Sunflower and radish sprouts can be ready for sprinkling on salads in less than a week. Micro greens, tiny seedlings of arugula, fennel, cilantro, and various herbs, provide bursts of concentrated flavor as salad ingredients and flavorings when harvested a week or so after germination. Edible flowers and early-harvest vegetables (cherry tomatoes in 65 days) are just some of the rest rounding out quick-harvest choices, presented lusciously in full-color photos. The authors also remind readers that soaked nuts and seeds, ready in just hours, are delicious superfoods due to the bioavailability of nutrients during germination. With sources and index, this unusual vegetable-growing book should attract everyone interested in planting a kitchen garden. --Whitney Scott
"A colorful, mouth-watering guide to (almost) instant gratification in the garden…For those looking for something new in the kitchen and the garden, this is an attractive guide."
"With sources and index, this unusual vegetable-growing book should attract anyone interested in planting a kitchen garden."
(Eat Drink Better.com
"An excellent reference book for anyone trying to get children interested in gardening, dealing with a short growing season, or simply lacking in patience.”
(The Chicago Tribune
“Some people don’t have room for an expansive garden. Others don’t have the time. Lia Leendertz and Mark Diacono have solved both problems with The Speedy Vegetable Garden. Their 208-page book gives readers step-by-step instructions on how to grow and harvest fresh vegetables in the blink of an eye.”
"The young authors provide plenty of photos, illustrations, recipes and inspiration for those who have little space, not much time or dwindling patience for growing a full-size garden. Plenty of how-to help is included."
“I think this will be new go-to guide for sprouting and for picking vegetable varieties that are quick to produce.”
“A book to order and have at your side when you are poring over seed catalogues.”
“This book makes vegetable growing fast, fun and pain-free as it guides readers through cultivation, recommended varieties, and harvesting their new garden.”
(New Life on a Homestead
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"I absolutely LOVE this book! I love the idea of learning how to sprout seeds, and knowing which types of foods can be grown in just a matter of days. What a great resource not only for everyday use, but for emergency situations as well!"