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The Vegetable Gardener's Bible, 2nd Edition: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions: Wide Rows, Organic Methods, Raised Beds, Deep Soil Paperback – December 2, 2009
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Edward C. Smith is the best-selling author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible. For more than 30 years he and his wife, Sylvia, have lived off the grid in Vermont, in a house they built on land they cleared by hand. Together, the grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their 2,000 square feet of gardens and containers.
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No gardening book has everything or gives you the secret, best method to growing. I advise you to check you your state agricultural department or university-agricultural department online for specific planting times, recommended varieties, etc. since some of that may vary significantly from Vermont (the author's home). But even if following some of the advise given here proves NOT to be the best choice for your situation, note that it will NOT lead to a life of constant sorrow: you'll still grow good veggies!
As I've gone through the stages this spring of planning what I want to plant and where, when to start the seeds (indoors or out), etc, I find myself constantly referring to this book and it doesn't disappoint me. It covers all the bases and then some.
This book often has strong recommendations, but also sometimes just gives you information to use as a starting point. For example, for tomato supports you can go search online and find clever cages, stakes, and trellises (including the Florida-weave and teepees) and message boards arguing for each one. Then you can choose what you want to try.
The same is true for things like raised beds - there are LOTS of sites with free plans as well as videos describing adding things like hoop supports for netting/plastic covers.
Have fun gardening - this book should help!
I'll be starting my first garden this year, this book is breaking it down for me and I can't wait to begin!
Everything from building your raised beds, concepts for square foot gardening, companion planting, watering system, soil selection and nutrient management.
This book has it.
Great point of reference.
I'm sure you can google everything that's in here... But I retain information better when it's on paper. And I can drag this into the garden with me and make notes.