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.
Introduction 1 Part I: Digging Into the Basics of Vegetable Gardening 5 Chapter 1: Vegetable Gardening 101 7 Chapter 2: The Popularity and Benefits of Vegetable Gardening 15 Chapter 3: Planning Your Veggie Garden 21 Part II: Vegging Out 39 Chapter 4: Tomatoes: The King of Veggies 41 Chapter 5: Meeting the Tomato’s Cousins: Peppers and Eggplants 57 Chapter 6: Growing Underground Crops: Carrots, Onions, and Potatoes 71 Chapter 7: Sweet and Simple: Beans and Peas 89 Chapter 8: Vigorous Vines: Cucumbers, Melons, Pumpkins, and Squash 105 Chapter 9: Cool Weather Staples: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, and Cauliflower 123 Chapter 10: A Salad for All Seasons: Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Specialty Greens 137 Chapter 11: Sweet Corn and an A to T of Other Worthy Veggies 151 Chapter 12: Growing Berries and Herbs for an Edible Landscape 181 Part III: Getting Down and Dirty in Your Vegetable Garden 197 Chapter 13: On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Grow! 199 Chapter 14: Workin’ the Dirt 219 Chapter 15: Maintaining Your Vegetable Garden 237 Chapter 16: Surveying Some Cool Farmer Techniques 265 Chapter 17: Keeping Your Plants Healthy 275 Chapter 18: Containing Your Veggies 291 Chapter 19: Harvesting, Storing, and Preserving Vegetables 301 Part IV: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 20: Ten Tools of the Trade 313 Chapter 21: Nearly Ten Ways to Extend Your Growing Season 321 Appendix: Planning Guidelines and Other Resources 327 Index 351
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.
Now updated — your guide to growing fresher, healthier food at home Want to start a vegetable garden but don't have a green thumb? No worries! This practical, hands-on guide gives you the tools to grow and enjoy your own vegetables, from selecting the right spot for your plot to preparing the soil to harvesting and preserving. You'll confidently plant your veggies, give them the care they need, and pick them at the right time! Go ahead and veg out — from carrots to cabbage and from peppers to potatoes, discover the best varieties of vegetables to grow and the specifics on how to grow them Enjoy other edibles — grow berries and herbs to add flavor to your garden Get down and dirty — review the latest techniques for proper watering, mulching, fertilizing, succession planting, interplanting, and container gardening Say goodbye to pesky pests — keep your plants pest-free and healthy using the newest, safest methods Open the book and find: A new 8-page color insert Updated illustrations The benefits of growing vegetables Ideas for different garden themes A garden-planning guide Different varieties of vegetables All you need to know about seeds and transplants How-tos on techniques for increasing your bounty The best tools of the trade Practical tips on harvesting and storing veggies