eBook Kitchen Gardening for Beginners, 1st Edition

  • Simon Akeroyd
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  • ISBN-10: 1465412441
  • ISBN-13: 9781465412447
  • DDC: 635
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released July 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Overview

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners has everything you need to leave the supermarket behind in favor of tastier and healthier home-grown fruit and vegetables. Avoid bland, pesticide-tainted produce flown in from the other side of the world and start growing your own produce with this reassuring guide, complete with a glossary of gardening terms and a picture gallery of common weeds. Kitchen Gardening for Beginners takes you through ten steps to preparing your plot and teaches you need-to-know techniques such as sowing, plating, feeding, mulching, watering, and weeding. Armed with the basics, you'll learn how to grow over 70 types of fruit and vegetable crops. You'll also find easy projects such as making a simple compost bin and planting a fruit tree and tips to attract wildlife along with simple, delicious ways to enjoy your produce. A handy troubleshooting section covers identifying and dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases. Whether you prefer to start small with a few herbs and vegetable staples or you are more ambitious and intend to feed your whole family all year-round, Kitchen Gardening for Beginners will show you how.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.

Half Title Page.

Frontspiece.

Title Page.

Copyright Page.

About the Author.

Contents.

Introduction.

About this Book.

1: Steps 1–10 to Preparing Your Plot.

2: Step 1 Assessing Your Site.

3: Step 1 Assessing Your Site.

4: Different Types of Sites.

5: Step 2 Preparing Your Soil.

6: Step 2 Know Your Soil.

7: Improving Your Soil.

Project Double Digging.

8: Step 3 Creating Your Space.

9: Step 3 Beds & Borders.

10: Choosing Your Paths.

Project Part 1 Paths: Mark Out the Area.

Project Part 2 Paths: Prepare the Edges.

Project Part 3 Paths: Prepare the Surface.

Project Part 4 Raised Beds.

11: Step 4 Protecting Crops.

12: Step 4 Protection from Wind, Frost, & Pests.

Project Part 1 Rabbit-Proof Fencing.

Project Part 2 Rabbit-Proof Fencing.

13: Greenhouses & Cold Frames.

Project Cold Frame.

14: Cloches.

Project Hanging Basket Cloche.

15: Step 5 Feeding & Mulching.

16: Fertilizers & Mulch.

Project Liquid Comfrey.

17: Step 5 Composting & Compost Bins.

Project Compost Bin.

18: Step 6 Watering & Weeding.

19: Step 6 Watering Methods.

20: Step 6 Weeds & Weeding.

21: Step 7 What to Grow.

22: Step 7 Which Crops will Suit Your Soil & Exposure.

23: Choosing Crops.

24: Step 7 Flowers.

25: Step 8 Creating a Style.

26: Step 8 Your Style.

27: Seating & Socializing.

Project Bench.

28: Herbs & the Kitchen Garden.

29: Children.

Project Herb Parterre.

30: Chickens.

31: Bees.

32: Step 9 Crop Rotation.

33: Step 9 Crop Rotation.

34: Step 9 Catch Cropping & Interplanting.

Project Sweet Corn.

35: Step 10 Sowing & Planting.

36: Step 10 Starting Plants Inside.

37: Step 10 Starting Plants Outside.

38: Planting Methods.

39: Vegetables Growing & Storing.

40: Vegetables Leafy Crops.

41: Cabbage & Asian Brassicas.

42: Brussels Sprouts.

43: Spinach & Chard.

44: Lettuce & Salad Greens.

45: Chicory & Endive.

46: Kale.

47: Vegetables Fruiting & Flowering.

48: Tomatoes.

49: Cucumbers.

50: Eggplant.

51: Broccoli & Cauliflower.

52: Zucchini & Summer Squash.

53: Pumpkins.

54: Squash.

55: Bell Peppers & Chiles.

56: Sweet Corn.

57: Globe Artichokes.

58: Vegetables Beans & Pods.

59: Green & String Beans.

Project String Bean Support.

60: Fava Beans.

61: Peas & Snow Peas.

62: Vegetables Bulbs & Roots.

63: Potatoes.

64: Carrots.

65: Sweet Potatoes.

66: Onions & Shallots.

67: Garlic.

68: Green Onions.

Project Onion & Garlic Drying Rack.

69: Florence Fennel & Kohlrabi.

70: Celery Root & Parsnips.

71: Rutabagas & Turnips.

72: Beets.

73: Radishes.

74: Jerusalem Artichokes.

75: Vegetables Stems.

76: Leeks.

77: Celery.

78: Rhubarb.

79: Asparagus.

80: Vegetables Herbs.

81: Annual & Perennial Herbs.

82: Shrubby Herbs.

83: Fruit Growing & Storing.

84: Fruit Soft.

85: Strawberries.

Project Fruit Cage.

86: Raspberries.

Project Raspberry Cane Support.

87: Blueberries & Cranberries.

Project Sunken Blueberry Bed.

88: Blackberries & Hybrids.

89: Gooseberries.

90: Currants.

91: Fruit Trees & Vines.

92: Apples.

93: Pears.

94: Plums, Gages, & Damsons.

Project Planting a Fruit Tree.

95: Cherries.

96: Peaches & Nectarines.

97: Apricots.

98: Citrus & Medlars.

99: Figs.

100: Quinces.

101: Mulberries.

102: Grapes.

103: Melons.

104: Help Troubleshooting Guide.

105: Dealing with Problems.

106: Gallery of Pests.

107: Gallery of Diseases.

108: Gallery of Deficiencies.

109: Gallery of Weeds.

110: Pruning.

111: Pruning Fruit Bushes.

112: Propagating Plants.

Glossary.

Index.

Acknowledgments.