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Like the Victory Gardens of World War II, food gardens planted in sunny back or side yards during these economically challenging times can provide families with nourishing, delicious food at a fraction of what it would cost at a supermarket. What's more, families know that the food they grow themselves, with minimal or natural pesticides and minimal or no synthetic fertilizers, is safe from the many E. coli, salmonella and other tainted-food scares of recent years.
Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs: A Bountiful, Healthful Garden for Lean Times will help aspiring gardeners avoid disappointment or failure when tending their first food gardens, and it will help families who are already growing food crops to grow more and reduce their food costs.
Inside, you'll find:
About the author:
- 275 instructional and inspiring color photographs from a seasoned garden photographer
- Dozens of hints and tips, many of which will interest even experienced gardeners
- Selecting the site for a food garden and setting a realistic size
- No-till gardening
- Making food gardening easier and cheaper
- Fertilizers, soil conditioners, mulches, green manures, tonics and do-it-yourself soil tests
- Understanding garden soils and nutrients
- Ways to keep crops fresh and full of flavor after picking
- Guide to fruit and vegetables, and sources for vegetable seeds as well as seedlings for fruits and vegetables
Jim Wilson earned a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Missouri and has been active in home and commercial horticulture for more than 60 years. He has visited home and public gardens in many countries and in the United States. He has lived and gardened in nine different states, coast to coast. Wilson spent 13 years in garden television. He was a co-host of The Victory Garden
on PBS, and on Home and Garden TV's Great Gardeners
. He currently lives in Columbia, Mo.