100 Vegetables and Where They Came From
by William Woys Weaver, Signe Sundberg-Hall (Illustrator)
A perfect leek from France. Flavorful zucchini from Italy. An infamous potato from Ireland, and a humble lentil from Ethiopia. 100 VEGETABLES offers a veritable cornucopia of vegetables and stories from around the world--from Argentina to Zimbabwe, from Australia to the United States. William Woys Weaver--veggie connoisseur, gardener, and historian--guides us through a range of peppers, potatoes, peas, gourds, onions, tomatoes, greens, and a whole lot more. Not every carrot is the same. All beans aren't equal. Take the Petaluma Gold Rush bean, a rugged legume, grown for over 150 years and brought to California by an American whaler from Peru. Or the violet carrot, which the Greeks brought back from India following the conquests of Alexander the Great. Mixing history, culinary suggestions, practical information, and personal anecdotes, Weaver introduces us to unusual heirloom vegetables as well as to common favorites. He provides answers to general questions, such as the difference between a yam and a sweet potato, and presents lively portraits of one hundred vegetable varieties, which he's grown and harvested in his own kitchen garden. Organized alphabetically by common name, 100 VEGETABLES includes beautifully detailed drawings throughout and a helpful appendix of seed resources.

William Woys Weaver is an organic gardener, food historian, and author of eight books--including HEIRLOOM VEGETABLE GARDENING and PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY COOKING, both of which received Julia Child awards for food reference. He and his kitchen garden have been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Country Home, the Chicago Tribune, and Food Arts. He lives in Devon, Pennsylvania, where he maintains an 1830s-style garden, featuring some three thousand varieties of heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
by Christopher Brickell (Editor), Judith Zuk (Editor), American Horticultural Society
Collecting contributions from 100 distinguished horticulturists, the handsome and lavishly illustrated American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a truly definitive gardening reference. With its 1,092 tiny-print pages, this may not be the book to tuck into your pocket as you weed and mulch, but what this encyclopedia lacks in portability, it certainly makes up for in scope. Hardy and tender plants, heirloom varieties and the latest hybrids--they're all accounted for here, with growing tips and background information about native habitats and ornamental features. You'll also find a fascinating section about botany, as well as information about basic gardening techniques such as mulching, staking, pruning, propagating, and protecting plants for winter. But the encyclopedia's main attraction is the individual plant entries--more than 15,000 of them, embellished with 6,000 full-color photographs and illustrations. From the visual glossary of leaves to the map of growing regions, The American Horticultural Society A-Z of Garden Plants provides an unsurpassed wealth of botanical information, making it the yardstick by which all other gardening references must be measured.

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening
by Louise Secrets of Companion Planting Riotte
This gardening classic was first published in 1975, and now a second generation of gardeners who prefer pest-resistant planning to chemicals will find a place for it on the shelves. Not only does it tell what to plant with what, but also how to use herbal sprays to control insects, what wild plants to encourage in the garden, how to grow fruit and nut trees, how to start small plots or window-box gardens, and much more. It's one of the most practical books around for any gardener of edibles, no matter how serious or casual.

Maria Rodale's Organic Gardening Companion
Maria Rodale, of the family that originated the organic gardening movement in the United States, introduces a beautiful-and practical-journal as an essential companion to her popular Maria Rodale's Organic Gardening. With a similar design, the lush, four-color photographs and illustrations accent the seasonal garden designs and journal pages for gardeners to track their progress, indicate problems and solutions, or simply observe the flora and fauna that surround them in their own thriving organic gardens.

Dirr's Hardy Trees and Shrubs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
by Michael A. Dirr

Burpee : The Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener: A Guide to Growing Your Garden Organically
by Karan Davis Cutler (Editor), Cavagnaro David (Photographer), Barbara W. Ellis (Editor)
Burpee has created a truly encyclopedic, but non-intimidating, guide to organic vegetable gardening that can be used and appreciated by anyone, whether or not they've ever stuck a seed in the ground. All the essential information is here--how to condition the soil, how and where to plant, sprouting schedules, what kind of yield to expect from each plant variety, and harvesting tips--in beautiful, bountiful, illustrated detail; the book's largest section, "Plant Portraits," contains explanations of the many cultivars of each vegetable and herb. If you're a novice vegetable gardener or new to organic gardening and can only afford one gardening guide, this may be your best value.

Similar in style and format to the highly successful Burpee Complete Gardener, this book is devoted to growing vegetables and popular culinary herbs without using synthetic and harmful fertilizers and insecticides. Packed with more than 300 full-color photographs and comprehensive reference information, Burpee Complete Vegetable & Herb Gardener is the most authoritative and up-to-date guide to this subject on the market. From site and soil preparation to pest and disease solutions, this book covers all aspects of organic vegetable and herb gardening. Planting techniques and tools, garden design, and caring for your garden are included, as well as more than 90 individual plant portraits. All of the most popular vegetables and herbs are profiled, along with more exotic varieties such as cardoon, New Zealand spinach, and tomatillos. Theres even a section on edible flowers! The appendix includes quick-reference vegetable and herb charts, temperature and rainfall charts, and storage recommendations. The Burpee Compete Vegetable & Herb Gardener is a must-have reference book from Americas first name in gardening, a company known for its high-quality vegetable seeds for well over a century.

Start With the Soil: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Improving Soil for Higher Yields, More Beautiful Flowers, and a Healthy, Easy-Care Garden
by Grace Gershuny

Great Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden
by Sally Jean Cunningham
"Sally Cunningham's gentle appreciation for the intricacies of nature coupled with plenty of practical, hands-on gardening experience makes her book both useful and soul-satisfying. Her garden plans are do-able and earth-friendly, and her guide to backyard beneficial insects is invaluable. This book deserves a place in the libraries and hearts of concerned gardeners everywhere." -Sharon Lovejoy, contributing editor of Country Gardener Magazine

Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener
by Marshall Bradley, Barbara W. Ellis (Editor), Fern Marshall Bradley (Editor)

The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
by Christopher Brickell (Editor), Elvin McDonald, Trevor J. Cole (Editor), Judy Zuk (Editor)
Many books claim to be a "definitive guide"; this is one title that happily lives up to those claims--and then some. Encyclopedia of Gardening will become your indispensable how-to manual for any plant-related topic. Indoors or out, you'll find information on choosing and maintaining healthy plants of all varieties, how to build structures from greenhouses to trellises, ways to identify pests and diseases, and methods of garden design that enable you to turn your lawn into a unique and personal work of art.

The text is straightforward and accompanied at all points by close-up photos of techniques, ideas, and specimens. The handy glossary is ready with definitions for everything from bulblet to vermiculite, and two pages of seasonal reminders are a great quick-reference cheat sheet. Thanks to clear category separations and the easy-to-read layout, the information is never overwhelming, just friendly and helpful--it's like having a master gardener living in your bookshelf! For the beginning-but-committed gardener, this encyclopedia is the perfect starting point. With every question answered thoroughly and accurately, you may find it's the only book you need for years to come. The fruit and vegetable sections are terrific, as are the areas on propagation and water gardening. For novice and expert alike, there's plenty to be learned from this information-packed volume. --Jill Lightner

The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden & Yard Healthy
by Barbara W. Ellis (Editor), Fern Marshall Bradley (Contributor), Helen Atthowe

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Growing Plants from Seed: A Comprehensive Beginners Handbook for Vegetables, Flowers, Herbs and More
by George Abraham, Katy Abraham (Contributor), Doc Abraham
All you need to know to get started with seeds.

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