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Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens Paperback – March, 2010
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1. I decided to video review to give others a better glimpse inside the book. The one complaint I have about ordering books online is not being able to flip through the book. I hope my video review helps!
2. This is really an excellent book. I will be using it when I plan my garden (this weekend).
3. Sorry the review is so long. I usually aim for under 2 minutes but I spent some extra time flipping through the pages :)
The first year, you actually grow the crop inside the bags. At the end of the season, you gather up the bags and dig the contents into your now-ready bed. Will I be following the total garden plan? Actually, no. But it's one of the best parts about these garden plans, you can adjust then to meet your needs! The second year it mentions that a squash plant will break up the soil for you, and you let it do the work! So I will be following this advice (in my first year), and I will let the squash do all the work!
The bountiful border has a wonderful plan for inter spacing plots of vegetable gardens within your flower bed. And the front yard food supply gives wonderful ideas for using that often overlooked area in your front yard without having your neighborhood send around a petition. It starts with only 43 square feet ...
Since both my backyard and frontyard borders are too shady, I will be focusing on the first plan, but adapting techniques from the other two as well. The larger garden plans are well out of my expertise at this point.
The second part of the book contains a wealth of knowledge for new gardeners. Some of the sections (like deciding what to grow) may be old hat to experienced gardeners, but for those who are new (like me), it is a good overview. The one thing it mentions is finding vegetables you love that love your yard. If I were to put it in my own words, don't try to grow anything your family won't eat!Read more ›
This book has some wonderful information in it. I especially like the first garden (the bag garden) because it avoids all the work of building raised beds from the beginning. You make use of the dirt in the bags and develop your garden over a 3 year period. The other plans are fun to look through and give lots of helpful information. Each plan comes with a list of what you need (super helpful) and directions of how to build it. The pictures of how to put in a tomato cage are very helpful! This book is not as overwhelming as The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. I also love the section on storing seeds.
This book is really a place to start from though. What you actually do in your garden may not look exactly like any of these gardens. You can use part of a plan that works with your yard. You may not want to use all of the plants, but substitute a few that you prefer. You could follow one of these plans exactly (everything is explained and listed out very clearly), but gardening is different for everyone. Our yards are different shapes and we prefer different vegetables and flowers. If you do substitute and not follow part of Ms. Pleasant's ideas though look up companion planting and how much sun what your substituting needs. Even though I'm not using one of her plans, the information that Ms. Pleasant weaves in with the plans is great basic information and it has helped me in my gardening this year.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing.
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It's a condensed manual for beginner growers to seasoned growers.Published 2 months ago by Shelly W.
I love this book. It has tons of suggestions for planning a garden. It could be used by a new gardener to help take away some of the planning stress, or even for them to duplicate... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Catherine
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This is a fantastic, user-friendly playbook for the novice gardener. I started vegetable gardening last year using Barbara Pleasant's Easy Care Bag Garden plan and had great... Read morePublished 5 months ago by kateb1984