Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

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Penguin, Jan 30, 2012 - Gardening - 272 pages
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The unstoppable trend for productive gardening continues-and, to catch the wave, this comprehensive and practical guide to growing your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs will be indispensable for any gardener.

Fruit and Vegetable Gardening will quickly become a trusted reference for gardeners at all levels of expertise. It offers all the basics of kitchen gardening-planning, soil preparation, organic manures-and authoritative advice on every aspect of productive growing. A total of 150 individual crops are covered in detail with recommendations for the best cultivars.

There is also information on how much your crops will yield; sowing and harvesting times; and which pests and diseases are the biggest threats to your crops and advice on how to deal with them. Whether you have a kitchen garden, a spot in a community garden, a small vegetable patch, or just a collection of pots and window boxes, this is an essential handbook for growing your own.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION 6
6
GROWING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES 8
9
Climate and location 10
10
Shelter from wind 12
12
Soil types and structure 14
14
Essential nutrients 17
17
Lime and soil acidity 18
18
Fertilizers and manures 20
20
Stem vegetables 120
120
Leafy vegetables 123
123
Perennial vegetables 129
129
CULINARY HERBS 136
137
Growing culinary herbs 138
138
Visual index of culinary herbs 141
141
AZ of culinary herbs 142
142
FRUIT 146
147

Making compost 24
24
Planning your garden 27
27
Crop rotation 31
31
The bed system 32
32
Using containers 35
35
Soil preparation 37
37
Mulching 41
41
Protected cropping 43
43
Weed control 49
49
Keeping your garden healthy 51
51
Watering and irrigation 53
53
Tools and equipment 55
55
VEGETABLES 58
59
Vegetable seed 60
60
Sowing seed under cover 62
62
Sowing seed outdoors 66
66
Planting out 70
70
Routine care 72
72
Winter storage 73
73
Visual index of vegetables 74
74
Brassicas 76
76
Root crops 82
82
The onion family 89
89
Legumes 95
95
Salad crops 101
101
Fruiting vegetables 108
108
Cucurbits 114
114
Visual index of fruit 148
148
GROWING TREE FRUITS 149
149
Tree fruit forms 152
152
Rootstocks 153
153
Grafting tree fruits 154
154
Pollination 156
156
Planting tree fruits 158
158
General care 160
160
Pruning and training principles 162
162
Pruning different tree forms 166
166
TREE FRUIT CROPS 174
174
GROWING SOFT FRUITS 206
206
Planting soft fruits 208
208
General care 209
209
SOFT FRUIT CROPS 211
211
GRAPE VINES 227
227
Grape vines under cover 228
228
Grape vines outdoors 231
231
GROWING TENDER FRUITS 234
234
CROP PLANNER 238
238
AVERAGE CROP YIELDS 242
242
SEASONAL TASKS 243
243
PLANT PROBLEMS 246
246
INDEX 265
265
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 272
272
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