The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest-to-Grow, Tastiest Vegetables for Your Garden

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Timber Press, Jan 11, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 252 pages
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Growing your own vegetables has never looked, or tasted, so good.

Are heirloom vegetables more difficult to grow than conventional hybrids? The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables debunks this myth by highlighting the 100 heirloom vegetables that are the easiest to grow and the tastiest to eat.

Marie Iannotti makes it simple for beginning gardeners to jump on the heirloom trend by presenting an edited list based on years of gardening trial and error. Her plant criteria is threefold: The 100 plants must be amazing to eat, bring something unique to the table, and—most importantly—they have to be unfussy and easy to grow. Her list includes garden favorites like the meaty and mellow 'Lacinato' Kale, the underused and earthy 'Turkish Orange' Eggplant, and the unexpected sweetness of 'Apollo' Arugula.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
9
HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES AND WHY WE PRIZE THEM
11
100 FAVORITE HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES
18
CREATING YOUR OWN HEIRLOOMS
229
GLOSSARY
238
HARDINESS ZONES
239
RESOURCES
240
SUGGESTED READING
242
INDEX
244
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS
250
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Marie Iannotti is a master gardener emeritus, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulture educator, and the former owner of Yore Vegetables, an heirloom seedling nursery. Iannotti’s writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, and she is also the gardening expert for About.com. She writes about her garden at gardeningthehudsonvalley.com.

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