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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.
I bought this version in error but I do like this book. Full of info on planting and managing a gardenPublished 27 days 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 1 month ago by Arias
Every gardener should own a copy of this amazing book and the series in fact. Tons of helpful information for a guaranteed bountiful harvest.Published 4 months ago by Brent Robinson
I have used this gardening book in addition to Square Foot gardening book. The things he mentions that raised my gardening
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Gardeners should have this book on the shelf for continual referencing of basic growing techniques. One of the best for soil prep, fertilizing, and techniques.Published 4 months ago by Montana old timer
This is a very informative book for gardeners, from the beginner to the more experienced gardener. It has a lot of great information. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeanie S.
I have owned this book for 4 years now. It truly is the vegetable gardener's bible. I reference this book every year when planning my garden. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jennifer
This truly is my gardening bible. I use it from the beginning of the season at least through the middle of gardening season. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lori
This will give any starting backyard vegetable gardener (and even advanced gardeners) some really great tips on how to grow veggies!Published 11 months ago by KL