Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening Paperback – Apr 1 2009
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Another significant feature is the When To Plant, Where To Plant, and How To Plant sections for everything from Asparagus to Watermelon. Care & Maintainance and Additional Information sections that round out the individual vegetable breakdowns are helpful to new and experienced gardeners alike.
An overall useful, educational, and fun read. Green is a serious gardener but doesn't take himself overly seriously and his primary piece of advice for us novice gardeners is have fun. I like that.
This book was terrific for many reasons.
- Easy to read
- Laid out super well by vegetable with detail for each vegetable and with great photos
- Actual advice and instructions that spoke about what was easy to grow, intermediate, and hard
And it spoke to Canadian climates, which is so helpful as the season is so short here, esp if you don't have a greenhouse to start seedlings in. I started with small plants bought at the nursery and even at Canadian Tire and did just fine. I ended up with an 8 by 9 foot garden this year, enclosed with a wood and chicken-wire fence. Have growing 4 types of lettuces (great advice about how to pick it to keep it growing longer), cucumbers, 4 different kinds of tomatoes, 2 different types of onions, zucchini. The only 2 I have which are not doing as well are spinach and Japanese eggplant - but the book warned these could be tricky. Also have a container full of herbs which I use daily.
Great advice about type of soil to use - which makes a huge difference. How to plant flowers in garden and which kind to help with pest control. And innumerable pieces of advice I've been using. Would totally recommend this for the beginner gardeners, but even for the intermediate, as there's some great tips in here. And soft cover makes it easy to read, use, and highlight within.
The book is easy to read, covers many of the plants you might want to try and offers many tips that will help gardeners get the most out of their plot of land, whether it's in Fort McMurray or Windsor.
Only thing that would be better than the Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening would be one focused specifically on southern Ontario, but that would be a bit too much to ask!
Yes, the author included kohlrabi in the vegetable section, but that's because they do grow nicely in Canada! And here in Québec, we see them alot now for sale in public markets, as they catch people's eyes. Really great to know we can actually grow them easily in our own garden!
There is also information on how to maximize your garden space, like growing cucumbers on stakes while putting salads under them. Or growing bush beans under tomatoes plant, etc. I only wish the section on controlling insects organically would have been bigger.
All in all, this book is an awesome resource for us Canadian home garderners.
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Excellent guide for beginners . Hands down the most simple and effective instructions one can get , no scientific mumbo jumbo . Pure and straight forward . Read morePublished 12 days ago by Eric Charles
This was a gift for a friend and she said it is her favorite Christmas gift out of everything she received so I think that justifies a five star review 😊Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to read, concise instructions for a variety of veggies and fruits. Authors sense of humor and tips makes reading the material much more enjoyable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GeorgianTechie
An essential and concise book for any Canadian gardener. I've read many and this is one I refer back to often.Published 11 months ago by Amanita
I used this book and this book only to build my first garden. Successfully I might add. Easy to navigatePublished 11 months ago by Lindsay Cassell