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Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-55548-4
384 pages
August 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


Part I: Digging Into the Basics of Vegetable Gardening.

Chapter 1: Vegetable Gardening 101.

Chapter 2: The Popularity and Benefi ts of Vegetable Gardening.

Chapter 3: Planning Your Veggie Garden.

Part II: Vegging Out.

Chapter 4: Tomatoes: The King of Veggies.

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

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

Chapter 7: Sweet and Simple: Beans and Peas.

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

Chapter 9: Cool Weather Staples: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, and Caulifl ower.

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 14: Workin’ the Dirt.

Chapter 15: Maintaining Your Vegetable Garden.

Chapter 16: Surveying Some Cool Farmer Techniques.

Chapter 17: Keeping Your Plants Healthy.

Chapter 18: Containing Your Veggies.

Chapter 19: Harvesting, Storing, and Preserving Vegetables.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Tools of the Trade.

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

Appendix: Planning Guidelines and Other Resources.


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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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