Homegrown pantry A gardener's guide to selecting the best varieties & planting the perfect amounts for what you want to eat year-round

Barbara Pleasant

Book - 2017

Growing your own food means you know there are no chemical or genetic secrets, that it is pure and good. But you have questions about what and how much to plant, how to store, how to preserve. Pleasant provides a guidebook for people who want to control their food, from garden to pantry to table.

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North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing 2017.
Main Author
Barbara Pleasant (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
319 pages : color illustratons ; 25 cm
  • No. 1. Why Grow Your Own Food?
  • The Drive to Provide
  • Twelve Common Traits of Pantry Gardeners
  • How to Use This Book
  • Your Climate, by the Numbers
  • Choosing What to Grow
  • Working with Tunnels
  • Managing Your Food Preservation Garden
  • Cooking From the Homegrown Pantry
  • No. 2. Basic Food Preservation Methods
  • Five Basic Food Storage Methods
  • Cold Storage of Homegrown Produce
  • Freezing Your Homegrown Bounty
  • Drying Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits
  • Canning Your Homegrown Harvest
  • The Magic of Food Fermentation
  • No.3. Vegetables for the Homegrown Pantry
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beefs
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Kale and Collards
  • Kohlrabi
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash
  • No. 4. Fruits for the Homegrown Pantry
  • Berries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tree Fruits
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Pears and Asian Pears
  • Plums, Peaches, and Nectarines
  • No. 5. Herbs for the Homegrown Pantry
  • Kitchen Herbs
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Tea Herbs
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Monarda
  • Raspberries
  • Stevia
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Out of the noise and disconnect that ended 2016, Pleasant delivers a guidebook of soul-saving coherence, practicality, thoroughness, and deeply seated wisdom, and reconnects our imagination to our soil to our labor to our mouths. The heart of the book is a showcase of 28 pantry vegetables, from asparagus to winter squash. Each entry includes explanations of varieties, of the portion size to plant for your household, and how to grow, harvest, store, and preserve it. Pleasant gives a conversational yet comprehensive walk-through, with photos, of the five preservation methods cold storage, freezing, drying, canning, and fermenting. Her seasonal calendar of food preservation is a great idea, and she smartly includes a planting timetable working back from the first-frost date of autumn, though not a planting calendar working forward from the last frost of winter/spring (not a biggie; planting dates are still found in each vegetable entry). This one's a keeper.--Moores, Alan Copyright 2017 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.