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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables Paperback – December 7, 2010
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About the Author
Chris McLaughlin has been an avid gardener for 30 years. She's a master gardener and garden writer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Urban Farm Magazine, The Herb Companion, and The Heirloom Gardener. Chris is a regular contributor to Vegetable Gardener.com and the feature writer for Vegetable Gardens at Suite 101. In between writing assignments, Chris teaches kids about gardening and wildlife.
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If you are looking into growing heirloom variety vegetables for your family and wish to learn how to save the seeds from them so you can grow the same veggies in subsequent seasons, then this is the book you MUST buy!
Chris is going to give you a little heirloom history to start, with some wonderful accounts of varieties that have been passed on for generations. One story in particular gave me chills to know that the seed's legacy dates back quite a ways.
Everything is explained very thoroughly so that anyone can start their own heirloom gardens, and gives you many resources as to where you can get seeds and/or plants to give that garden a jump start.
She also touches on other topics surrounding gardening to help you out along the way, but not too much on these topics as to take away from the full meaning of the book, which is to focus in on heirloom vegetables.
I would highly recommend this book for any gardener or aspiring gardener's reading.
Want to know the WHY's and HOW's of growing heirloom vegetables? "The Complete Idiot's guide To Heirloom Vegetables" takes a definitive approach in educating you on the fundamentals of both heirloom vegetable growing and collection.
Heirlooms are packed with amazing benefits; nutritionally as well as flavorfully. In this book, Chris McLaughlin introduces readers to heirloom vegetables, gives advice on growing flourishing plants, educates on hand pollination, harvesting plants, and securing seed for next year's growth season as well as many other tips. Easy to read at 307 pages, the heaviest part of the book is dedicated to a detailed A to Z variety directory which can give readers insight into what varieties of vegetables are available to the modern day gardener.
I think this heirloom vegetable reference book is perfect for new gardeners and experienced gardeners to shorten the learning curve on heirloom vegetables.
Chris is also the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting", which I use as a "compost bible" for my garden. I will keep "The Complete Idiot's guide To Heirloom Vegetables" right next to her composting book on my shelf as a quick reference for planting in garden season's to come, making the translation of heirloom plants easy to understand.
Thanks for a great heirloom vegetable reference book!!