Home Vegetable Garden eBook

Home Vegetable Garden
No patch of land is too tiny to create a superb home vegetable garden. And Home Vegetable Gardening is the perfect book to help you get started on the right foot. If you have always wanted to grow your own delicious, mouthwatering vegetables, fruits and berries now you can do it with a little planning and care and the excellent advice you will find inside this book!. After you have tasted how delicious home grown vegetables are, you will never settle for that ordinary store-bought produce again!

For some, the home vegetable garden is a hobby, for others especially in these days of high prices, a great help. There are many in both cases whose experience in gardening has been restricted within very narrow bounds, and whose present spare time for gardening is limited. It is as a "first aid" to such persons, who want to do practical, efficient gardening, and do it with the least possible fuss and loss of time, that this book is written.

In my own experience I have found that garden books, while seldom lacking in information, often do not present it in the clearest possible way. In Home Vegetable Gardening I have aimed to give you first of all practical information, and in addition to that, make it comprehensive, yet simple and concise.

Home Vegetable Gardening will guide you every step of the way with detailed instructions for everything from garden planning and preparing to planting, protecting, and harvesting.

If you want to learn how to garden, then this book is a must have for your library. Don't let another growing season go by without discovering the joy of growing your own vegetables and fruit.




 
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Nutrient Management In The Garden





Nutrient Management

In your garden

Twenty nutrients have been identified that are required by plants. While both macro and micro-nutrients are required
for good plant growth, over-application can be as detrimental as a
deficiency.

Soil testing

The making of better gardens in America.



better gardens
Better gardens?

It is with a feeling in which there is something of fear that I close
these pages--fear that many of those little things which become second
nature to the grower of plants and seem unimportant, but which
sometimes are just the things that the beginner wants to know about,
may have been inadvertently left out.

A CALENDAR OF OPERATIONS

One of the greatest difficulties in
gardening is to get things started
ahead at the proper time, and yet
upon the thoroughness with which
this is done the success of the
garden must depend, in large
measure.

BERRIES AND SMALL FRUITS

Berries
Berries-Small fruits
Besides the tree-fruits discussed in
the preceding posts, there is
another class which should be
represented in every home garden--
the berries and small fruits. These
have the advantage of occupying
much less room than the former do
and are therefore available where
the others are not.
The methods of giving berries proper cultivation are not so generally
known as the methods used with vegetables. Otherwise there is no reason
why a few of each should not be included in every garden of average
size.

PRUNING, SPRAYING, HARVESTING

Pruning
Pruning

The day has gone, probably forever, when setting out fruit trees and giving them occasional cultivation, "plowing up the orchard" once in several years, would produce fruit. Apples and pears and peaches have occupied no preferred position against the general invasion of the realm of horticulture by insect and fungous enemies. The fruits have, indeed, suffered more than most plants.

PLANTING: CULTIVATION: FILLER CROPS

Best trees
Best trees

As the pedigree and the quality of the stock you plant will have a great deal to do with the success or failure of your adventure in orcharding, even on a very small scale, it is important to get the best trees you can, anywhere, at any price. But do not jump to the conclusion that the most costly trees will be the best. From reliable nurserymen, selling direct by mail, you can get good trees at very reasonable prices.

HARVESTING AND STORING

Harvesting
Harvesting

For storing small quantities of the roots, such as carrots or beets, they are usually packed in boxes or barrels and covered in with clean sand. Where an upstairs room has to be used, swamp or sphagnum moss may replace the sand. It makes an ideal packing medium, as it is much lighter and cleaner than the sand. In many localities it may be hard for the gathering; in others one may get it from a florist.

THE VARIETIES OF POME AND STONE FRUITS

Fruit
Fruit

Many a home gardener who has
succeeded well with vegetables is,
for some reason or other, still
fearsome about trying his hand at
growing his own fruit. This is all a
mistake; the initial expense is very
slight and the same amount of care
that is demanded by vegetables, if
given to fruit, will produce apples,
peaches, pears and berries far
superior to any that can be bought,
especially in flavor.

INSECTS AND DISEASES AND METHODS OF FIGHTING THEM

Insects
Insects

I use the term "methods of fighting"
rather than the more usual one,
"remedies," because by both
experience and study I am more and
more convinced that so long as the
gardener--home or otherwise--who
cares to be neglectful and thus
become a breeder of all sorts of
plant pests, is allowed to do so--just
so long we can achieve no remedy
worth the name.

BEST VARIETIES OF THE GARDEN VEGETABLES

Garden vegetables
Garden vegetables

It is my purpose in this chapter to assist the gardener of limited
experience to select varieties sure to give satisfaction.
To the man or woman planning a garden for the first time there is no
one thing more confusing than the selection of the best varieties. This
in spite of the fact that catalogs should be, and might be, a great
help instead of almost an actual hindrance.

THE VEGETABLES AND THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS

Vegetables
Vegetables

The garden vegetables may be
considered in three groups, in
each of which the various
varieties are given somewhat
similar treatment: the root crops,
such as beets and carrots; the
leaf crops, such as cabbage
and lettuce; the fruit crops, such
as melons and tomatoes.

ROOT CROPS

THE CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES

Cultivation
Cultivation
Before taking up the garden
vegetables individually, I shall
outline the general practice of
cultivation, which applies to all.
The purposes of cultivation are
three--to get rid of weeds, and
to stimulate growth by (1) letting
air into the soil and freeing
unavailable plant food, and (2)
by conserving moisture.
As to weeds, the gardener of any experience need not be told the
importance of keeping his crops clean.

SOWING AND PLANTING

Planting
Planting




SOWING AND PLANTING

The importance of having good seeds
has already been declared. They
must not only grow, but grow into
what we have bought them for--be
true to name. Without the latter
quality we cannot be sure of good
gardens, and without the former they
will not be full ones. A meager "stand"
from seeds properly sown is a rather
exasperating and discouraging
experience to encounter.

STARTING THE PLANTS

Plants
Starting the plants
This beautifully prepared garden
spot--or rather the plant food in
it-- is to be transformed into good
things for your table, through the
ever wonderful agency of plant
growth. The thread of life inherent
in the tiniest seed, in the smallest
plant, is the magic wand that may
transmute the soil's dull metal into
the gold of flower and fruit.

God's Nutrition: From The Big Guy Himself

God's Nutrition
God's nutrition

“If you will listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what he considers right, if you pay attention to his commands and obey all his laws, I will never make you suffer any of the diseases I made the Egyptians suffer, because I am the Lord who heals you.”

― Exodus 15:26

The Good Book

The Bible is the best selling book in history, and it is also the most debated of all books.  Some believers think of the Bible as a tool, while others consider it to be a history book, and another category of believers considers the Bible to be a guidebook for life.  For eons, people have practiced its dietary edicts; and in particular, it has been the Jewish people who followed the Bible's instructions most rigorously about which foods are acceptable.

THE SOIL AND ITS PREPARATION

Soil preparation
Soil preparation

Having considered, as thoroughly as
the limited space available permitted,
the matter of plant foods, we must
proceed to the equally important one of
how properly to set the table, on or
rather in, which they must be placed,
before the plants can use them.
As was noted in the first part of the preceding article, most tillable
soils contain the necessary plant food elements to a considerable
extent, but only in a very limited degree in available forms.

MANURES, FERTILIZERS AND MULCHING

Mulching


To a very small extent garden vegetables get their food from the air. The amount obtained in this way however, is so infinitesimal that from the practical standpoint it need not be considered at all. Practically speaking, your vegetables must get all their food from the garden soil.

On the Situation, Soil, Fencing



Those who have gardens already formed and planted, have, of course,
not the situation to choose. But, I am to suppose, that new gardens will, in a
country like this, be continually to be formed; and, therefore, it is an essential part
of my duty to point out what situations are best, as well with respect to the aspect
as to the other circumstances.
The ground should be as nearly on a level as possible; because, if the
slope be considerable, the heavy rains do great injury, by washing away the soil.

IMPLEMENTS AND THEIR USES




Implements
Implements
It may seem to the reader that it is all very well to make a garden with a pencil, but that the work of transferring it to the soil must be quite another problem and one entailing so much work that he will leave it to the professional market gardener. He possibly pictures to himself some bent-kneed and stoop-shouldered man with the hoe, and decides that after all there is too much work in the garden game. What a revelation would be in store for him if he could witness one day's operations in a modern market garden! Very likely indeed not a hoe would be seen during the entire visit. Modern implements, within less than a generation, have revolutionized gardening.

The Garden Record

The Garden Record is no less important. It may be kept in the simplest sort of way, but   be sure to keep it. A large piece of paper ruled as follows, for instance, will require only a few minutes' attention each week and yet will prove of the greatest assistance in 
planning the garden.

THE PLANTING PLAN

THE PLANTING PLAN
Planting plan

Having selected the garden spot,
the next consideration, naturally, is
what will be planted in it.
The old way was to pick out some
seeds from your local supermarket
or garden center, pick out a list of
the vegetables most enthusiastically
recommended by the garden center
clerk, and then, when the time
came, to put them in at one or two
plantings, sowing each kind as far
as the seed would go.
There is a better way--a way to make the garden produce more, to yield
things when you want them, and in the proper proportions.

WHY YOU SHOULD GARDEN

Why garden
Why garden

There are more reasons to-day than ever
before why the owner of a small place
should have his, or her, own vegetable
garden. The days of home weaving, home
cheese-making, home meat-packing, are
gone. With a thousand and one other
things that used to be made or done at
home, they have left the fireside and
followed the factory chimney. These
things could be turned over to machinery.

Your Garden

Vegetable garden
Vegetable garden
With some, the home vegetable garden is a hobby; with others,
especially in these days of high prices, a great help. There are many
in both classes whose experience in gardening has been restricted
within very narrow bounds, and whose present spare time for gardening
is limited. It is as "first aid" to such persons, who want to do
practical, efficient gardening, and do it with the least possible fuss
and loss of time, that this article is written.