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on June 13, 2014
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). We are told, for each vegetables, when to plant, how to plant, how to feed and how to care for them. And also, which are good options to start inside the house and transplanted outside at the end of may. Really nice. There is also a section on herbs.

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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on 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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on May 5, 2014
I read this book in 1 sitting the day it arrived. It contains a lot of a great knowledge and would recommend to anyone.
I would have given 5/5 stars but I felt some things should have been explained more in depth. There were things that I had to google such as 'compost tea'. I was also hoping for more pest control techniques with ordinary household items, but the author only explained chemical/organic pesticides.
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on April 13, 2015
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.

Suggestions for improvement? It would have been great to see some longer-term fruits featured, such as fruit trees.
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on January 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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on July 10, 2011
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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on April 24, 2016
I bought this for my mom for Christmas as she often goes to a family friend multiple times a week during the summer to ask for gardening advice. This seems like a very easy-to-follow and entertaining book for Canadian vegetable gardeners. Lots of great pictures and visual aids!
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on January 27, 2016
Excellent guide for beginners . Hands down the most simple and effective instructions one can get , no scientific mumbo jumbo . Pure and straight forward . This man Doug Green even has his own gardening blogs and answers your questions . Buy this book along with 'Let it rot 'by Stu Campell and you will be well on your way to a successful garden and harvest .
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on September 3, 2013
Canada is a big country with very many different climatic regions, from severe cold to tropical paradise. The Guide To Canadian Vegetable Gardening is a very handy book written specifically for Canadians and answering many questions that some gardeners in this country may not be able to find without some digging.

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!
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on March 9, 2014
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, how to fertilize. I found timing to be a challenge in my first attempts to build a garden. Since the author is in zone 5, I used his examples on my garden and it works great.
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