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The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book

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Get solutions to every problem you'll ever face and answers to every question you'll ever ask, all in a convenient pocket-sized guide that you can carry right out to the garden with you. 100% organic tips, tricks and sound advice on all aspects of vegetable gardening. Sections include:

  • Planning and Planting
  • Soil and Composting
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Success With Your Favorite Vegetables
  • Ellis, 4 3/4"x6 1/2", 431 pp.
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THE VEGGIE GARDENER'S ANSWER BOOK DESCRIPTION
Contents

Questions, Anyone?

Part One
Digging In: Creating and Maintaining a Great Vegetable Garden

Planning and Planting a Vegetable Garden
Soil and Composting
Caring for the Garden
Pests, Diseases, and Other Problems

Part Two
Crop by Crop: Secrets of Success With Your Favorite Vegetables

Artichoke
Asparagus
Beans
Beets, Radishes, and Other Root Crops
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Friends
Carrots
Celery
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplants
Lettuce, Spinach, and Other Leafy Crops
Melons and Watermelons
Okras
Onions and Garlic
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes
Squash and Pumpkins
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes

Glossary
Resources
Index

Excerpt from Planning and Planting a Vegetable Garden, page 30

Q. A friend of mine has some seeds he saved from his garden last year that he'll give me. Are they okay to use?

A. That depends on what he saved and how he saved it. Seeds saved from hybrids - cultivated varieties that are the result of crossing two distinct parents - will not "come true" from seed. This means that the plants that grow from the seeds may not exhibit any of the fruit or foliage characteristics their parents featured. For this reason, they will probably yield disappointing results in your garden. If your friend grows heirloom and open-pollinated cultivars and saves seeds from plants that did well in his garden, they're a good choice since they will come true.
The other concern about saved seed is how it was stored. For best germination, seed needs to be stored in a cool, dry, dark place. While you can try to germinate seeds that have been stored in other conditions, germination will probably be be poor, and you're far better off spending your time and effort on new seeds.


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