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Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening

ISBN-10: 1570615349

ISBN-13: 9781570615344

Edition: 6th 2007

Authors: Steve Solomon

List price: $21.95
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 9/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction
In which the author attempts to hook the bookstore browser and generally warms up the reader to the subject at hand
Basics
An assortment of basic gardening topics, done medium-rare
Soil
What cool-climate vegetables need
How to produce nutritious vegetables where it rains too much
The word "fertilizer" does not necessarily mean "chemical"
The vital importance of organic matter in soil and a unique discussion of how much is needed in our region
Programs for managing all types of soil including heavy clays
Composting
How to produce strong compost that grows vegetables like fertilizer does
How to produce weaker compost the easiest ways
Planning
The value of a garden
Creating a twelve-month-a-year harvest
Succession cropping
Crop rotations
Making and using raised beds
Using greenhouses, cold frames, and cloches
A twelve-month planting calendar
A fall/winter/spring planting calendar for using cloches and frames
Water
A gardener's textbook of sprinkler irrigation
Planning the garden around how often you want to irrigate
Gardening with very little irrigation
Seeds
How to make seeds come up
An honest look at the vegetable seed trade
Who to buy from and why
Hybrid vs. open-pollinated seed and other issues
Transplants
How to buy seedlings that will grow well
Hardening off store-bought seedlings
Producing healthy bedding plants at home without a lot of unnecessary foofaraw
A complete calendar and guide to home transplant raising, species by species
Predators
What bugs us here in the maritime Northwest, not in Ohio or California
How to handle local pests without using chemicals
How not to even have to fight them
How to Grow It
A family-by-family and species-by-species guide tailored to the needs of the maritime Northwest gardener covering the specifics of culture, garden planning, insects and diseases, harvesting, growing your own seed, and the best varieties
Annotated bibliography
Index