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Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening [Paperback]

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April 1 2009 Vegetable Gardening Guides

Vegetable gardening is back, and consumers want to know what to plant in their gardens and how to care for these new gardens. Consumers around the country are turning to backyard vegetable gardens to fight the rising costs of fresh vegetables at the supermarket and to ensure that their families are getting food that has not been subject to potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides.
This new book by veteran Canadian garden writer Doug Green is full of information that will educate Canadian gardeners in all aspects of planning, installing, planting, and caring for their new garden. Gardeners will learn how to ensure their garden is eco-friendly and how to save money by storing, canning, or freezing the bounty of the garden.
With hundreds of full colour pictures, Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening is sure to be the standard for Canadian gardeners for years to come.

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The Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening includes how-to and when to information for successful vegetable gardening thoughout the gardening regions in Canada. Filled with the need to know information on planting, growing and harvesting more than 50 vegetables and herbs. Includes full-color images and helpful maps and charts.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guidebook for Gardeners May 26 2009
I've been puttering around with my vegetable garden for four or five years now, picking up pieces of advice from books, radio programs, the web, etc. but this is the first source I've come across with such simple, easy to use tips from a Canadian perspective. Want to know what zone you live in? What's the best way to improve your soil? What veggies will grow best and how should I space them in a small garden plot? All these questions and more will be answered by author Doug Green.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of information in this book! Jan. 11 2011
My wife enjoys gardening so I gave her this little gem for Christmas. After reading it she told me that even though she has been gardening for many years she was still able to learn a number of valuable pieces of information.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Rayissa
I decided to have a vegetable garden for the first time this year. I got introduced to gardening as a child with my grandparents and parents, but lived in cities during and after university. So, started flower/plant gardening 3 years ago. This was my first foray into veggies. So I got about 4 books to help me and combined that with my grandmother's tutoring and mother's help.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic. May 22 2013
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I found the content of this book to be pretty sparse, and it's strictly for in-ground gardening. It is definitely not an all-inclusive guide for a beginning gardener, but then there's not much information for a moderate level gardener either. Most of the vegetables have information limited to two pages, and some of the selections are downright esoteric. I have never even heard of kohlrabi much less seen it in the grocery store or in the garden center. It was nice to have some of the region-specific information without having to piece it all together, but Canada's tendency towards microclimates still makes it a bit of a crapshoot. The thing that I really wish had been included was some troubleshooting. There is a small amount of information on ailments of your garden plants, but not a great deal, and not for every plant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patio Garden Book Review: March 7 2011
If you have a patio garden, let's be honest, you need advice. Even the seasoned patio garden expert can benefit from another point of view. The greatest source of knowledge comes from the experience of other patio garden experts. They have been there before. Take advantage of their years of knowledge and learn from there mistakes.

One reliable source is Douglas Green and his book " Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening ". He promotes " fun " as a garden lifestyle, and uses a simple, common sense approach. Let's take a look at some of the categories that are covered in the book by Douglas Green in " Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening ".

Grow Herbs And Vegetables In Less Space

Have you ever asked yourself: What can I grow in a container? Well, Douglas Green answers: " Anything you want. In fact, there is no reason why you can't have your entire garden in containers ". This opens the possibility for small space solutions, like balcony or patio gardens. Douglas Green goes on to describe other space saving garden solutions like: multiple cropping, underplant, and intercropping.

Ensure Your Food Is Safe From Pesticides

As simple as it sounds people still put poison on their patio garden vegetables, and then eat them. Douglas Green is screaming a warning here. " Please read the label on any pest control product ". He then goes on to give examples in " Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening " of how people ignore these warnings, and what the results could be.

Save Money By Growing Your Own Vegetables

Everyone knows you can save money by growing your own patio garden vegetables. The reason they don't do it is because of all the hard work. On top of that there's no guarantee of a healthy or good tasting crop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for Canadian gardeners wanting to grow their own vegs. Great advice!
Published 2 months ago by Martin Deeley
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to say I love this book as well
I bought this book for my 10 year old Granddaughter who loves to garden. I have to say I love this book as well. Covers your basic vegetables etc. with
Published 2 months ago by Pat Leader
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book on how to successfully grow our own vegetables!
Lots of great info on methods to keep your soil healthy over the years. Healthy soil = great harvest. Each vegetables gets 2 pages of information on them(4 pages for tomatoes). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sylvain Martel
4.0 out of 5 stars good info
Lots of details. I found the tips very good. I have never done a garden before and I got some good advise here.
Published 3 months ago by stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
Subjection: can you add more vegetables in the next book. I think there is not enough of them. thank you :)
Published 4 months ago by Michael Dufour
4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must have!
I read this book in 1 sitting the day it arrived. It contains a lot of a great knowledge and would recommend to anyone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Max Mayhem
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide for beginners
This is a good book for beginners and an excellent reference for gardeners in Canada.
Basic tips on organic gardening, when to plant, when to transplant, main pests control,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Roberta Franciely Rios
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
Love this book, easy reading, very informative. All my questions were answered and easy to find, I would recommend this book.
Published 7 months ago by deborah ellick
3.0 out of 5 stars Less in depth
This book didn't provide as much in depth information , especially for more northern areas of Ontario, as I had expected.
Published 9 months ago by Diane Huisman
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to have
With the need to get back to basics, reduce garden chemicals, and reduce the household budget, this is handy book to have.
Published 12 months ago by I. Harris
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