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Grow more with less work
That’s the promise of gardener Ed Smith’s trusted gardening guide. First published in 2009 and an enduring reference for gardeners of all levels, this handbook offers essential, in-depth information on using wide, deep raised beds and organic methods resulting in bountiful harvests.
Gentle on Plants and the Planet
Smith’s approach to a healthy, high-yield vegetable garden relies on effective natural techniques for everything from creating nutrient-rich soil through composting and cover crops to managing weeds and pests through attracting beneficial insects and companion planting.
From Artichokes to Watermelons
A-Z vegetable profiles reveals the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of varieties of crops, and outlines where, when, and how to sow and plant each one. Advice on harvesting and storage give you the information you need to plan your best vegetable garden yet!
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