Guide to Canadian Vegetable Gardening Paperback – Apr 1 2009
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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.
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.
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.
Suggestions for improvement? It would have been great to see some longer-term fruits featured, such as fruit trees.
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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