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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Published
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing 2017.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
319 pages : color illustratons ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781612125787
1612125786
Main Author
Barbara Pleasant (author)
  • Why grow your own food?
  • Basic food preservation methods
  • Vegetables for the homegrown pantry
  • Herbs for the homegrown pantry
  • Fruits for the homegrown pantry.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*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. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents guidance on how to stock a pantry for year-round use, discussing fifty-five crops and how best to harvest and preserve them, including canning, pickling, and fermenting, and at what amounts.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Now that you’ve mastered gardening basics, you want to enjoy your bounty year-round, right? Homegrown Pantry picks up where beginning gardening books leave off, with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops — including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more — to keep your pantry stocked throughout the year. Each vegetable profile highlights how many plants to grow for a year’s worth of eating, and which storage methods work best for specific varieties. Author Barbara Pleasant culls tips from decades of her own gardening experience and from growers across North America to offer planting, care, and harvesting refreshers for every region and each vegetable.  Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner GWA Media Awards Silver Award Winner

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Whether selecting the right variety of pumpkin for pie filling or the best beets for easy pickling, Homegrown Pantry is the essential reference for planning a garden that produces the best varieties and the right amounts to stock the pantry and root cellar with a year-round supply of 55 favorite vegetables.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Now that you've mastered gardening basics, you want to enjoy your bounty year-round, right? Homegrown Pantry picks up where beginning gardening books leave off, with in-depth profiles of the 55 most popular crops ' including beans, beets, squash, tomatoes, and much more ' to keep your pantry stocked throughout the year. Each vegetable profile highlights how many plants to grow for a year's worth of eating, and which storage methods work best for specific varieties. Author Barbara Pleasant culls tips from decades of her own gardening experience and from growers across North America to offer planting, care, and harvesting refreshers for every region and each vegetable.  Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner GWA Media Awards Silver Award Winner