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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guidebook for Gardeners,
This review is from: Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening (Paperback)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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of information in this book!,
This review is from: Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening (Paperback)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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So great for Canadian gardeners - esp first-timers!,
This review is from: Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening (Paperback)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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Patio Garden Book Review:,
This review is from: Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening (Paperback)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. That's why it's essential to aquire knowledge from experienced gardeners like Douglas Green. The book " Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardeing " gives you common sense solutions to having a productive patio garden. Have patience and learn your craft, and then you'll see great results. Don't forget that it has to be " fun " to be productive.
I found the book " Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening " by Douglas Green very informative, light-hearted, and inspirational. There is also a complete patio garden vegetable guide that covers amazing growing and maintanance tips for 37 different patio garden vegetables.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to anyone interested in organic gardening,
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This review is from: Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening (Paperback)Came with fast delivery. Everything I have used in practice from this book so far this year has worked with great results!!! Very simple to read and makes gardening fun! Don't know were I'd be with out this book! Thanks
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Positive,
This review is from: Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening (Paperback)This book is good for a (beginner) vegetable gardener who needs general garden help with tips and tricks for growing organic and tasty vegetables. I like the fact the book is alphabetical by vegetable/herb. The author's attitude is inspiring and makes planning a vegetable garden less intimidating. He has a "what's the worse than can happen?" kind of approach. Last year I tried his double dig method (instead of roto-tilling) and got the great carrots he promised! Definitely worth the 3 hours shovelling and labor. Bring on spring!
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Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening by DOUG GREEN (Paperback - April 1 2009)
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