Idiot's Guides: Vegetable Gardening, 1st Edition

  • John Tullock
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  • ISBN-10: 1615647104
  • ISBN-13: 9781615647101
  • DDC: 635
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released March 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Using full-color steps, this title covers all of the techniques and tools needed for every type of garden, including small plot, raised bed, container, and vertical. Ideal for all gardeners, in a rural, urban or suburban lifestyle. This book includes planning, soil preparation, pest control, maintenance, harvesting, and more.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.

Title Page.

Copyright Page.



Gardening 101.

1: What Vegetables Need.

2: Sun.

3: Soil.

4: Soil Building.

5: Water.

6: Air.

7: Choosing a Garden Spot.

8: Planning Your Garden.

9: Vegetables in Containers.

10: Herbs in Containers.

11: Self-Watering Containers.

12: Garden Tools: The Essentials.

13: Garden Tools: Nice to Have.

14: Building Raised Beds.

15: Plant Supports.

16: Installing a Cucumber or Pea Trellis.

17: Building a Pole Bean Teepee.

18: Tomato Supports.

19: Planting Transplants.

20: Direct Sowing Seed.

21: Thinning.

22: Using Seed Tape.

23: Planting Bulbs and Tubers.

24: Intercropping.

25: Irrigation.

26: Mulch.

27: Fertilizers.

28: Liquid Fertilizers.

29: Cover Crops.

30: Soil Testing.

31: Weeds.

32: Basic Pest Control.

33: Disease Prevention.

34: Crop Rotation: Why?.

35: Crop Rotation: How?.

36: Culture Problems.

37: Vegetable Storage.

38: Vegetable Preservation.

39: Your Garden Journal.

Beyond the Basics.

40: Composting.

41: What to Compost.

42: What Not to Compost.

43: Building a Compost Bin.

44: Plants from Cuttings.

45: Starting Plants Indoors.

46: Integrated Pest Management.

47: Natural Predators.

48: Refuge Borders.

49: Physical Barriers to Pests.

50: Organic Pesticides.

51: Season Extenders.

52: A Simple Cover for Raised Beds.

53: Building a Cold Frame.

54: Artificial Light Gardening.

Vegetables to Grow.

55: Arugula (Eruca Sativa).

56: Bean, Green (Phaseolus Vulgaris).

57: Beet (Beta Vulgaris).

58: Broccoli (Brassica Oleracea var. Botrytis) Broccolini (Brassica Oleracea var. Italica).

59: Brussels Sprouts (Brassica Oleracea var. Gemnifera).

60: Cabbage (Brassica Oleracea var. Capitata).

61: Chinese Cabbage (Brassica Campestris).

62: Carrots (Daucus Carota).

63: Cauliflower (Brassica Oleracea var. Botrytis).

64: Celery (Apium Graveolens var. Dulce).

65: Celery Root (Apium Graveolens var. Rapaceum).

66: Swiss Chard (Beta Vulgaris var. Cicla).

67: Collards (Brassica Oleracea var. Acephala).

68: Corn (Zea Mays).

69: Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus).

70: Edible Flowers (Various Species).

71: Eggplant (Solanum Melongena).

72: Endive, Belgian (Chicorium Intybus).

73: Raddichio (Chicorium Intybus).

74: Endive, Curly (Chicorium Endivia var. Crispum).

75: Escarole (Chicorium Endivia var. Latifolium).

76: Kale (Brassica Oleracea var. Acephala and B. Napus).

77: Kohlrabi (Brassica Oleracea var. Gongylodes).

78: Leek (Allium Ampeloprasum).

79: Lettuce (Lactuca Sativa).

80: Melons (Cucumis Melo var. Reticulatus, C. Melo var. Cantalupensis).

81: Sprouts and Microgreens (Various Species).

82: Miscellaneous Garden Beans (Various Species).

83: Miscellaneous Greens (Various Species).

84: Mustard (Brassica Rapa and B. Juncea).

85: Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus).

86: Storage Onions (Allium Cepa).

87: Peas, Field (Vigna Unguiculata, V. Unguiculata var. Sesquipedale, and V. Unguiculata Unguiculata).

88: Peas, Shelling (Pisum Sativum).

89: Peas, Snow and Snap (Pisum Sativum).

90: Peppers, Hot (Capsicum Annuum, C. Chinense, C. Baccatum, and Numerous Hybrids).

91: Peppers, Sweet (Capsicum Annuum, C. Chinense, C. Baccatum, and Numerous Hybrids).

92: Potato (Solanum Tuberosum).

93: Potato, Sweet (Ipomea Batata).

94: Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo, C. Maxima).

95: Radish (Raphanus Sativus).

96: Radish, Winter (Raphanus Sativus and R. Sativus Longipinnata).

97: Scallions and Bunching Onions (Allium Cepa and Allium Fistulosum).

98: Spinach (Spinacea Oleracea).

99: Spinach Substitutes for Warm Climates (Basella Rubra, Tetragonia Expansa).

100: Squash, Summer (Cucurbita Pepo, C. Moschata).

101: Squash, Winter (Cucurbita Argyrosperma, C. Maxima, C. Moschata, and C. Pepo).

102: Tomatillo (Physalis Ixocarpa).

103: Tomato, Cherry (Lycopersicum Esculentum).

104: Tomato, Determinate (Lycopersicum Esculentum).

105: Tomato, Heirloom (Lycopersicum Esculentum).

106: Tomato, Hybrid (Lycopersicum Esculentum).

107: Tomato, Grafted (Lycopersicum Esculentum).

108: Turnips (Brassica Rapa var. Rapifera).

109: Rutabaga (Brassica Napus var. Napobrassica).

110: Watercress (Nasturtium Officinale).

111: Upland Cress (Barbarea Verna).

Perennial Crops.

112: Artichoke, Globe (Cynara Scolymus).

113: Artichoke, Jerusalem (Helianthus Tuberosus).

114: Asparagus (Asparagus Officinalis).

115: Blueberry (Vaccinium Corymbosum, V. Virgatum, V. Angustifolium, and Hybrids).

116: Garlic (Allium Sativum var. Sativum).

117: Horseradish (Amoracia Rusticana).

118: Perennial Onions (Allium Cepa var. Aggregatum, A. Cepa var. Proliferum and Allium Ampeloprasum).

119: Raspberries and Blackberries (Rubus sp.).

120: Rhubarb (Rheum Rhabarbarum).

121: Shallots (Allium Cepa var. Aggregatum, Allium Oschaninii).

122: Strawberries (Fragraria X Ananassa).

Culinary Herbs.

123: Basil (Ocimum Basilicum, O. Basilicum var. Purpurascens, O. Sanctum, O. Citriodora, O. Americana).

124: Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefolium).

125: Chives (Allium Schoenoprasum, A. Tuberosum).

126: Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum).

127: Dill (Anethum Graveolens).

128: Ginger (Zingiber Officinale).

129: Lemon Verbena (Aloysia Triphylla).

130: Lemongrass (Cymbopogon Citratus).

131: Mints (Mentha Species and Hybrids).

132: Oregano, Greek (Origanum Vulgare var. Hirtum).

133: Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum).

134: Rosemary (Rosmarium Officinalis).

135: Sage (Salvia Officinalis).

136: Tarragon (Artemesia Dracunculus var. Sativa).

137: Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes Lucida).

138: Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris, T. Vulgaris var. Citrosa, and Others).


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