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Ed's system is based on W-O-R-D: Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds, Deep soil. With deep, raised beds, vegetable roots have more room to grow and expand. In traditional narrow-row beds, over half the soil is compacted into walkways while a garden with wide, deep, raised beds, plants get to use most of the soil. In Ed's plan, growing space gets about three-quarters of the garden plot and only about a quarter is used for the walkway. Ed teaches you how to create raised beds both in a larger garden or in separate planked beds. One of the most important--and most often overlooked--aspects of successful vegetable gardening is crop rotation. Leaving a crop in the same place for years can deplete nutrients in that area and makes the crop more likely to be attacked by insects. Rotate at least every two years and your vegetables will be healthier and bug-free. There's also a good section on insect and blight control.
Before choosing what to grow, go through the last third of the book, where Ed takes a look at the individual growing, harvesting, and best varieties of a large number of both common and more exotic vegetables and herbs. Whether you are a putterer or a serious gardener, The Vegetable Gardener's Bible is an excellent resource to have handy. --Dana Van Nest --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We are avid gardeners, we turned our entire front yard into a vegetable garden...there isn't a day that goes by that I don't grab this bible.Published 29 days ago by Janet
My go-to gardening resource. Love Ed & layout of book. Very user friendly. Great for beginners & seasoned gardeners.Published 3 months ago by Ryan
I don't give these out often but this book is worth (5 stars) a fortune and I didn't pay a fortune for it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rodd L. Ringquist
Delivered quickly and well packaged, great book highly recomendedPublished 4 months ago by JimBoBoFett
I love seeing how other gardeners work their gardens and he offers so many wonderful tips.I always keep this book close during growing season.Published 4 months ago by Linda O. Webb
I bought this version in error but I do like this book. Full of info on planting and managing a gardenPublished 5 months ago by Betty Andrade
This book hits all the marks. Practical advise and reasons for why those advised things work better. Easy to read. Gorgeous photos throughout. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ari