The Gourmet Garden

By Virginia Hayes
(Barron's Educational Series, Paperback, 9780764140013, 144pp.)

Publication Date: September 1, 2008

List Price: $19.99*
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Connoisseurs of good food understand that the highest quality natural ingredients are vital to gourmet dining. In this era of mass-produced foods, they are turning in increasing numbers to their own gardens as the most reliable source for organically grown and freshly harvested herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Amateur chefs and home gardeners who value nutritious, naturally grown foods will find themselves referring to this book time and time again. It shows how to grow the very finest natural, organic ingredients in their own garden, greenhouse, or if space is at a premium, in a window box. Author Virginia Hayes explains the steps involved in cultivating herbs, fruits, vegetables, and even edible flowers. She provides directions for potting, pruning, and tending the plants, and concludes with advice for harvesting, storing, and using these foods in the kitchen. She devotes separate chapters to greens, herbs, edible flowers, special "heirloom" vegetables, baby vegetables, flavorful fruits and berries, ethnic specialties, and mushrooms. She also offers seasonal tips to help home gardeners grow many fresh, natural ingredients all year round. Full-color illustrations throughout.
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Virginia Hayes Instructs on Creating a Gourmet Kitchen Garden
  • Making compost and compost tea
  • Preparing soil for planting
  • Light and exposure requirements
  • Starting seeds for transplanting
  • Extending the season--greenhouse, cold frame, or window sill
  • Weed control
  • Mulching
  • Protecting against pests and diseases
  • Staking, tying, and other support methods . . . and much more.
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