- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 10, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0028620054
- ISBN-13: 978-0028620053
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Burpee : The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener : A Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically 1st Edition
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Burpee has created a truly encyclopedic, but non-intimidating, guide to organic vegetable gardening that can be used and appreciated by anyone, whether or not they've ever stuck a seed in the ground. All the essential information is here--how to condition the soil, how and where to plant, sprouting schedules, what kind of yield to expect from each plant variety, and harvesting tips--in beautiful, bountiful, illustrated detail; the book's largest section, "Plant Portraits," contains explanations of the many cultivars of each vegetable and herb. If you're a novice vegetable gardener or new to organic gardening and can only afford one gardening guide, this may be your best value.
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This information-packed reference contains everything a gardener needs to know to produce bumper crops of succulent tomatoes, spicy peppers, melt-in-your-mouth lettuce, and fragrant, flavorful herbs. Whether you are a first-time gardener or a seasoned expert, you will find clear, knowledgeable answers to all your vegetable- and herb-growing questions.
Over 280 full-color photographs and 30 line drawings make this essential reference as beautiful as it is useful. Easy-reference charts put a wealth of information at your fingertips, including the amount of water each crop requires for best growth, application rates of common organic fertilizers, and first-and-last frost dates for locations across the country.
Part One, Vegetable Gardening from the Ground Up, contains the information gardeners need to plan, plant, and care for a healthy, bountiful, all-organic garden. Topics covered include how to select a suitable garden site, what tools make gardening easier and more rewardingand how to fill your tool shed with an arsenal of sturdy tools that will last a lifetimeplus how to make compost and transform any soil into fertile "fat earth." Chapters on laying out and planting the garden include details on how to use space-saving, harvest-enhancing techniques such as intercropping, succession cropping, and trellising, and also cover how to determine planting dates and extend the season. Care through the seasonincluding mulching, watering, midseason, planting, and harvestingas well as pest and disease control are also covered.
Part Two, Plant Portraits, features descriptions of over 100 plants, including information on growing hundreds of herbs and vegetablesfrom common to exotic. Entries on popular crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, and lettuce are accompanied by information on unusual, yet easy-to-grow, edibles such as bok choy, corn salad, New Zealand spinach, salad burnet, and shallots. These portraits contain esssential informaiton on deciding which tomatoes or peppers to growand how many to plantalong with information on the best site and soil for every crop and complete growing instructions. Harvest and storage information is also included. Each entry explains how to select the best site and what care the crop requires through the season.
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The book is geared for both beginners in gardening and the handy do it yourselfer types. Chapters progress you through the steps from site selection and plant selection to harvesting, crop rotating and soil conditioning over winter and indoor greenhouse seed starting. The book also contains references to various cultivars within vegtable species, so a beginner gardener could not only successfully select and grow well know vegtables, but could also grow and use the odd often hard to find fresh herbs.
I consistently flip between both this book and Ortho's book. I find using them in this manner makes the information extracted complimentary and thorough.
Living in California, I found myself having to read between the lines in this book; it was written for all the states other than the Southwest. For instance, there is plenty of information about how to create enough drainage and heat for plants--covering rows, raised beds, planter boxes, hills, south-facing, all in detail--and then it says in one sentence that if you live in a dry hot area, use sunken planters and filter the sun. Another example: it says not to water cantaloupe once the fruit are the size of a fist. I found that very alarming until I remembered that this book is written for states where there is actually occasional rain in the summer. Surely the author doesn't intend us to never water a cantaloupe in 100-degree weather with zero inches of rain!
There are LOTS of lovely photos ~ Which helps you imagine your own space.
There are several layout options ~ Which helps you utilize your space more efficiently
There are a few suggested gardens ~ Such as Herb Garden, Tea Garden, Lilliputian Garden ~ Ideas you may not have considered initially, but after reading them over, might convince you to carve out a little extra space specifically for one of these lovely ideas.
The book also lists container gardening ideas, a few companion gardening suggestions, as well as addresses bugs & diseases.
It quite literally has all the information one could possibly want on almost every vegetable or herb there is. When to plant / How to plant / Harvesting / Potential Problems as well as listings of varieties.
I purchased this as a companion to the All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, which I also recommend.