Alluring Lettuces: And Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden

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Gibbs Smith, 2010 - Gardening - 240 pages
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Seventy-five unusual and eminently beautiful vegetables are profiled in this charming book by expert gardener and garden designer Jack Staub. Within these pages, you'll discover beautiful produce not likely found at the supermarket, including the Asparagus Bean, Chinese Rat Tail Radish, Green Zebra Tomato, and Turkish Orange Eggplant. The book includes history, stories, and lore surrounding the plants, as well as instructions for growing them outdoors or indoors in containers. Whether you're an avid gardener or a dabbler, you'll love the flowery descriptions and original art showcasing these vegetables that are perfect for your garden.

JACK STAUB is widely considered to be one of the country's leading experts on edible plants and vegetable garden design. His celebrated gardens at Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania, have been featured in numerous publications, including House &Garden and House Beautiful.


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Although I haven't finished this volume, it seems I must offer the accolades and praise I feel it deserves. Humorous with wry wit, packed with little known tid-bits about some quite unusual varieties of common garden plants, his glorious illustrations seem both styled like antiquities and yet appear fresh and current.
I want to go right out and find seeds to begin my own in person appreciation of these unique garden vegetables. Lead on...

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Interesting read, some nice historical facts about some of the veg. Would only recommend for the truly obsessed gardener Read full review

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Jack Staub is one of the country's leading experts on fruit and vegetable gardening. He frequently lectures on the subject, and his articles have appeared in numerous magazines and print publications, including Country Living, Fine Gardening, and The New York Times. He is also a featured guest on NPR. You can learn more about Jack and Hortulus Farms at

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