Starter Vegetable Gardens

24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens

By Barbara Pleasant; John Gruen (Photographer)
Storey Publishing, Paperback, 9781603425292, 179pp.

Publication Date: March 2010

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Home vegetable gardening is all the rage. Millions of Americans have picked up spade and hoe and are digging into the soil for the first time. But starting a garden isn t always simple. Many hopeful growers find themselves confused by the dizzying array of things to know about soil quality, garden layout, seeds, temperatures, planting schedules, fertilizer, pests, watering, and harvesting. Still other first-time gardeners plant too much, only to find themselves overwhelmed and exhausted by July.

Barbara Pleasant is here to help. In "Starter Vegetable Gardens," Pleasant a master gardener and award-winning gardening writer takes the guesswork out of growing food, explaining in simple, straightforward language how to start, maintain, and expand a bountiful vegetable garden in small, manageable spaces.

Pleasant presents 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans from a simple bag garden (planted right in soil bags ) to an orderly border and from a family food factory to specialty beds for salads, Cajun flavors, and Italian cuisine. For each plan she provides plant and material lists, a plot layout, four-color photographs, and tips for succession planting to keep the garden productive all season long. Her all-organic approach ensures that the harvest is not simply tasty but also chemical-free.

Pleasant anticipates and answers novice gardeners myriad questions, guiding readers through the complexities of assessing site and soil, understanding the climate, choosing the very best vegetable varieties, starting seeds, identifying insect friends and foes, watering, fertilizing, mulching, and harvesting.
The books layout is friendly and accessible, filled with detailed images that bring the concepts to life. Both instructive and inspiring, "Starter Vegetable Gardens" is an essential one-stop resource for anyone just beginning to cultivate a vegetable-gardening green thumb.

Includes 24 illustrated planting plans including:

  • Easy-Care Bag Garden
  • Backyard Veggie Border
  • Front-Yard Food Supply
  • Family Food Factory
  • Paintbrush Beds
  • High-Value Verticals
  • Marinara Medley
  • Managed Mulch Garden
  • Sweet Corn & Company
  • Cajun Spice
  • Six-Weeks-Sooner Salad Garden

About the Author
Barbara Pleasant has written five books for Storey, including the Garden Writer's Association 2003 Garden Globe Award of Achievement winner, "Garden Stone". She lives in Virginia.

Gruen is a lifestyle photographer. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.
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