Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold Climates

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Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold Climates

by John Whitman, 536 pages, 8½x10½, hardcover. With all the quarantine-induced interest in gardening, we were on the prowl for a good “gardening encyclopedia” to offer our neophyte customers. If you’re not lucky enough to live next door to an all-knowing codger, buy this book instead! The author brings half a century of growing experience to his hefty tome. A quarter of the book covers gardening basics: siting, soil care, composting, buying seed and plants, seed-starting, plant care, organic pest control and harvest. He warns of weirdly specific pitfalls that most gardening guides omit (rental-grade stump grinders are worthless; sphagnum moss can give you a nasty fungal skin infection). He is also frank about the benefits and drawbacks of gardening techniques that enjoy evangelical devotion from their followers, like lasagna gardening and planting by the moon. The rest of this epic comprises detailed seed-to-kitchen growing guides for all common vegetables, berries and herbs as well as for many unusual crops, from artichokes to yardlong beans. Each profile includes information about the plant’s growth habit, siting and soil needs, planting techniques and timing, special care requirements, potential for season extension, ideal storage conditions and kitchen uses. Enough information is included to get a new seedsaver going on easy crops, but if you plan to get serious about seed saving we recommend Seed to Seed. By the time you read this book from cover to cover, you’ll almost be prepared to be someone else’s useful local codger. -Alice Coyle NEW!


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