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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

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Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

Carol Deppe

The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient GardenerBreed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables – tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens – and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop.

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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening is organised into chapters that echo fundamental Taoist concepts: Balance, Flexibility, Honouring the Essential Nature (your own and that of your plants), Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing. Yet the book also offers a wealth of specific and valuable garden advice on topics as diverse as:

  • The Eat-All Greens Garden, a labor- and space-efficient way to provide all the greens a family can eat, freeze, and dry – all on a tiny piece of land suitable for small-scale and urban gardeners.
  • The growing problem of late blight and the future of heirloom tomatoes – and what gardeners can do to avoid problems, and even create new resistant varieties.
  • Establishing a Do-It-Yourself Seed Bank, including information on preparing seeds for long-term storage and how to “dehybridise” hybrids.
  • Twenty four good places to not plant a tree, and thirty-seven good reasons for not planting various vegetables.

Designed for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to experienced growers, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening provides a unique frame of reference: a window to the world of nature, in the garden and in ourselves.

Product Details

Published 2015
Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback,  288 pages

ISBN: 9781603584876

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Weight .63 kg
Dimensions 240 × 190 × 18 mm

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