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Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-49870-5
392 pages
September 2009
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A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables

Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs.

You'll discover how to plot your garden and get the soil in tip-top shape; select the types of vegetables you want to grow; plant the seeds properly; and care for them as they grow. You'll also know the right time to pick your vegetables and the best ways to enjoy them. Plus, you'll get tips on preserving foods grown at home.

  • Expert advice on planting, caring for, harvesting, and enjoying the fruits of your own vegetable garden
  • Features environmentally friendly ways to combat pests in your garden
  • Charlie Nardozzi is senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association; he's also been the gardening expert on such programs as HGTV's Today at Home and Way to Grow and the Discovery Channel's Home Matters

Whether you have a green thumb or you've never grown a plant before, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition has all the information you need to create a healthy garden.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Digging Into the Basics of Vegetable Gardening 5

Chapter 1: Vegetable Gardening 101 7

Chapter 2: The Popularity and Benefits of Vegetable Gardening 15

Chapter 3: Planning Your Veggie Garden 21

Part II: Vegging Out 39

Chapter 4: Tomatoes: The King of Veggies 41

Chapter 5: Meeting the Tomato’s Cousins: Peppers and Eggplants 57

Chapter 6: Growing Underground Crops: Carrots, Onions, and Potatoes 71

Chapter 7: Sweet and Simple: Beans and Peas 89

Chapter 8: Vigorous Vines: Cucumbers, Melons, Pumpkins, and Squash 105

Chapter 9: Cool Weather Staples: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, and Cauliflower 123

Chapter 10: A Salad for All Seasons: Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Specialty Greens 137

Chapter 11: Sweet Corn and an A to T of Other Worthy Veggies 151

Chapter 12: Growing Berries and Herbs for an Edible Landscape 181

Part III: Getting Down and Dirty in Your Vegetable Garden 197

Chapter 13: On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Grow! 199

Chapter 14: Workin’ the Dirt 219

Chapter 15: Maintaining Your Vegetable Garden 237

Chapter 16: Surveying Some Cool Farmer Techniques 265

Chapter 17: Keeping Your Plants Healthy 275

Chapter 18: Containing Your Veggies 291

Chapter 19: Harvesting, Storing, and Preserving Vegetables 301

Part IV: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 20: Ten Tools of the Trade 313

Chapter 21: Nearly Ten Ways to Extend Your Growing Season 321

Appendix: Planning Guidelines and Other Resources 327

Index 351

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Author Information

Charlie Nardozzi has worked for more than 20 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through the printed page, the Internet, radio, and television. He is currently a radio show host and a guest expert on many nationally syndicated radio shows such as Martha Stewart Living Radio. He was the host for PBS's Garden Smart and has been a gardening expert on other television shows such as HGTV's Today at Home.

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