The vegetable gardening book Your complete guide to growing an edible organic garden from seed to harvest

Joe Lamp'l

Book - 2022

"An extensive, hands-on guide to growing a productive organic food garden"--Page 4 of cover.

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Instructional and educational works
Beverly, MA : Cool Springs Press 2022.
Main Author
Joe Lamp'l (author)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
  • Preface The Joy and Importance of Growing Your Own Food
  • Introduction
  • 1. Start Here
  • 2. It's All About the Soil
  • 3. Plant Basics
  • 4. Where to Grow Your Food
  • 5. Feeding Your Plants
  • 6. Seeds and Seedlings
  • 7. Getting the Timing Right
  • 8. Mulch Matters
  • 9. Getting the Watering Right
  • 10. Extending the Season
  • 11. Insects and Bugs: Friend or Foe?
  • 12. Diseases: Managing the Inevitable
  • Grow Guides The Fab 40 for Filling Your Vegetable Garden
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Photo Credits
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Lamp'l (Green Gardener's Guide), host of the TV show Growing a Greener World, offers a master class on growing veggies with these savvy tips for beginners. He walks readers through the basics--choosing a site (go for the "sunniest spot you have to work with"), drawing out a master plan, maintaining soil health--and digs into plant nutrients, compost, and how to deal with pests and diseases (a layer of mulch, for example, halts the spread of soilborne pathogens). Elsewhere, Lamp'l offers a recipe for raised bed soil, explains how to start seeds, and describes the benefits of using a planting board--made from a scrap piece of lumber, it's "the handiest tool you'll ever want to have in the garden"--to space out seeds. Especially helpful is the encyclopedic growing guide to 40 vegetable varieties, with notes on planting, care, harvesting, and storage for each. Lamp'l covers a lot of ground, his advice is practical, and his tone genial: "A backyard vegetable garden may be a simple thing, but it can have a genuinely profound impact." Gardeners ready to grow their own produce will find this worth returning to. (Sept.)

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