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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; First Edition edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604693266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604693263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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

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"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."

(Booklist)

"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.”

(Muskogee Phoenix)

"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."

(Garden Therapy)

“I think this will be new go-to guide for sprouting and for picking vegetable varieties that are quick to produce.”

(Gardens Illustrated)

“A book to order and have at your side when you are poring over seed catalogues.”

(Michigan Gardener)

“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)

"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!"


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By moving on March 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had to write a review to counter a critical and dismissive one from an earlier reviewer. It is true that this book is not written for someone who is looking for advise on how to grow a large traditional outdoor garden. The point of the book is to explain how an average person who lives in an urban environment can grow their own food as quickly as possible. The author clearly lays out growing times. This is good basic advice for beginners and inspiration for people like me who wonder what to do while waiting for those July tomatoes and peppers. The author explains that sprouts are the fastest plants we can grow. They are literally ready in days. Microgreens are the next fastest item. I've done peas twice on my countertop now. They take a week or two. I bought the whole peas for a reasonable price in the dry bean section of an Indian food store. I am going to try the mustard seeds I bought there next. Very cheering as I look at the snow out my window! The next veggies to grow are things like radishes which take about three weeks. Other plants such as cherry tomatoes in a patio container take less time to mature than large tomatoes. This plan may not feed an army, but it is helping me understand important principles in gardening that can be applied to larger projects. I have begun to understand why my grandparents generation planted things that I don't particulary like such as turnips and beets. Different plants mature at different rates. Understanding this principle helps a person in a very practical way to have fresh food throughout a longer season. This book is very practical for someone who wants to start doing small but significant projects and may not have a lot of time or space. These ideas can help someone on a tight budget include more fresh vegatables in their diet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a book that would give some great ideas for those who love to cook with fresh vegetables, herbs and spouts. There are nice appealing colour pictures of each variety. They include; soaks and spouts, micro greens, edible flowers, salad leaves, and vegetables. Sources are listed for the UK, The USA and Canada.

These are all things that grow quickly in days or sometimes weeks - most of them are better when they are immature, carrots and beets are just some of the everyday vegetables that you should try. Each variety is explained, the cultivation and recommended varieties given, harvesting and eating, and for some recipes are included.

One problems, is that they do not really explain what soaks are and can a person just buy Daikon radish seeds or use a can of chick peas? Many might want to try these ideas but would be completely clueless on what to do.
Who knew you could eat day lilies; but it's certainly worth a try. This is a book that those who like to eat natural and would like to try something different for their kitchens and gardens would certainly benefit from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan on June 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be pretty useful. I love sprouts but never really thought I had the ability to sprout them myself. Some of the veggies discussed are a bit out there for some readers though. I thought the most useful parts were on the cultivation of lettuce (I am going to rake my lettuce patch better when I next plant) and the section on edible flowers. I love the idea of edible flowers. I am adding Nasturtiums to my garden next year. The section on micro greens was really interesting. I think that most people won't be very familiar with the idea of micro greens (I wasn't) but the concept sounds pretty great. You get fast greens with all the best attributes of their fully grown counterparts and not nearly as much waiting. All in all, I think this is a great gardening reference book with something for everyone but not all of the book will appeal or be useful to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Borders on November 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is an okay book for someone who needs quidance on starting a small home garden. I believe it could have gone more in-depth on certain things. Overall, a good resource for a novice gardener or if someone would like to get their children involved in growing food for consumption.

*** A complimentary copy was given via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review ***
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AGoodRead67 on September 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
The only thing I really have to say about this book, is that it really delivered what it was supposed to - good ideas about growing certain vegetables, sprouts, etc.. quickly. If that is your interest, as it was mine when I looked at this book, you won't be disappointed. Great reference!
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By Cathy N on June 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm newish at gardening and this book is giving me some good ideas. It explains with enough detail, and is clearly written.
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