Chelsea Green Publishing

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook

Pages:320 pages
Size: 8.5 x 11 inch
Publisher:Green Man Publishing
Paperback: 9780977348992
Pub. Date September 01, 2013

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook

A Users Manual for the Vegetable Garden

Categories:
Farm & Garden

Availability: In Stock

Paperback

Available Date:
September 01, 2013

$27.95 $18.17

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook is an updated version of Frank Tozer's acclaimed book The Vegetable Growers Handbook. Like the original, it covers every aspect of growing all of the common crops (and a number of uncommon ones). As a long-time home gardener, the author knows exactly what information you need to succeed and presents it in a clear, thorough, and even entertaining fashion. There are step-by-step instructions on soil preparation, variety selection, raising transplants, direct sowing, watering, protection, harvesting, storage, seed saving, and much more. He doesn’t just tell you what to do and when to do it, he also tells you why, by explaining in detail how crops grow and why they sometimes don't. The original book received high marks from reader reviewers, with comments like "fantastic," "my gardening bible," and "this book provides more detailed and easy-to-read information on individual crops than any other gardening book I've seen." This new, revised edition has been expanded by 50 percent, with more information on more crops, with the aim of creating the most useful and practical book on vegetable gardening available anywhere.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Frank Tozer

Frank Tozer grew up in England and moved to the United States in his early twenties, bringing with him the English affinity for gardening. He has been fascinated by edible plants and food gardening for all of his adult life and believes that almost everyone would benefit from growing some of their own. He became a writer by default after spending many years learning about plants and gardening from books, when he came to the conclusion that he could write better books than those he was reading. This began a writing career that has so far resulted in four books on various aspects of growing food. He first moved to Santa Cruz, California, to be an apprentice at the famous UCSC Farm and Garden, but stayed there because of the wonderful climate for gardening. He now lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in a house he built almost singlehandedly, surrounded by a 2 ½-acre garden of woods, fruit trees, shrubs, and a multitude of edible plants (he long ago lost count of the number, but estimates it to be close to 500 species).

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