Get Started: Growing Vegetables

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Penguin, Jan 17, 2013 - Gardening - 192 pages
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Take the first step to gardening expertise with Get Started: Growing Vegetables, part of a new series of learning guides from DK where nothing is assumed and everything is explained. Each course follows the same structure: start simple and learn the basics, build on what you've learned, and then show off your new skills!

Get Started: Growing Vegetables teaches complete beginners the skills needed to complete 53 gardening projects. Start simple with leafy windowboxes and a hanging herb basket, build upon your skills with a potted apple tree, and then show off by building a raised garden bed.

With step-by-step pictures and practice projects to keep you on the right track, Get Started: Growing Vegetables will help you learn your new skill in no time.

More than any other series on the market, DK's Get Started aims to provide the reader with carefully structured learning and a classroom approach to teaching that allows you to build your own course from practical lessons and themed projects.

Each book begins by answering fundamental questions, identifying an essential starter kit of tools and equipment, and explaining how to build a course. The book then divides into subject areas, with key techniques for each area demonstrated through visual glossaries and step-by-steps, followed by graded projects with annotated instructions and an assessment of how to build on achievements.

Let DK be the perfect one-on-one tutor you never had: patient, illuminating, inspiring - always at hand to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your potential.

 

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Contents

Build Your Plan 6
6
Essential Equipment 8
8
Potting Mix And Soil Types 12
12
Preparing Your Soil 15
15
Growing Locations 16
16
Choosing A Site 18
18
The Science Of The Life Cycle Of Plants 20
20
Photosynthesis 22
22
Peppers In A Pot 88
88
Sweet Corn 93
93
Carrots In A Bag 94
94
Turnips And Beets 98
98
Parsnips 99
99
Cabbage 100
100
Broccoli 105
105
Beans Up A Tepee 106
106

Plant Needs 24
24
Sow Seeds 28
28
Plant Out 30
30
Water Your Plants 32
32
Tie In And Pinch Off 34
34
Salad In A Window Box 36
36
Lettuce And Edible Flowers 40
40
Spinach And Swiss Chard 41
41
Tomatoes In A Pot 42
42
Herbs In A Pot 46
46
Roots In A Pot 47
47
Herbs In A Basket 48
48
Onions From Sets 52
52
Garlic 56
56
Strawberries In A Basket 60
60
Tumbling Tomatoes 65
65
Basic Plant Care 66
66
Protect Plants From Slugs 67
67
Feed 68
68
Weed 69
69
Sow In Furrows And Thin Out 72
72
Repot 73
73
Harden Off And Protect From Cold 74
74
Mulch 76
76
Stake 77
77
Potatoes In A Tub 78
78
Zucchini In A Bag 82
82
Large Squashes 86
86
Squashes 87
87
Peas 111
111
Fall Raspberries 112
112
Plant An Apple Tree In A Pot 116
116
Plant A Fig Tree In A Pot 121
121
Black Currants 122
122
White And Red Currants 126
126
Gooseberries 127
127
Protect Plants From Pests 128
128
Planning A Kitchen Garden 132
132
Crop Rotation 134
134
Make Compost And Leaf Mold 136
136
Leeks 138
138
Eggplant 144
144
Asparagus 150
150
Globe Artichokes 154
154
Create An Herb Parterre 158
158
Blueberries In A Pot 164
164
Strawberries In A Container 168
168
Plant A Pear Tree In A Pot 169
169
Plant A Plum Tree 170
170
Plant A Cherry Tree 175
175
Basic Pruning 176
176
Pruning Shapes 180
180
Store Carrots In Soil 182
182
Store Crops 184
184
Index 188
188
Acknowledgments 192
192
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