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Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties • Unusual Options • Plant Lore & Guidance Hardcover – 28 November 2018

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...the book is a plethora of great information on mastering vegetable growing, so you can enjoy your own garden of Eden full of colorful, delicious and nutritious vegetables.--Community Table @

"Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening" is one part coffee table book and two parts indispensable gardening guide. The hardbound book is more like an elegant cookbook instead of another how-to for growing vegetables.--Denver Post

an excellent addition for every gardener's library--Broken Teepee

I'm glad I read this book prior to placing my seed order because it has inspired me to try growing an even wider variety of vegetables in my garden--The Farmer's Garden

The best feature of this well-designed book may well be the full-page, detailed listing of the author's recommended varieties for each veggie.--Texas Gardener's Seeds

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Matt Mattus is an American visual designer, artist, horticulturist, author and futurist. He is also a third generation gardener of his family property in Massachusetts. Matt's popular gardening blog Growing with Plants has garnered recognition in leading lifestyle magazines and is frequently voted a top 5 gardening blog. It has won many national awards and nominations and has earned a loyal following of fans. He has served for 3 years as a trustee of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA, is Vice President of the 175-year-old Worcester County Horticultural Society, sits on the board of the Tower Hill Botanic Garden as a trustee, and is also President of the prestigious North American Rock Garden Society. Matt is very active in many plant societies and is a popular speaker at botanic gardens, specialist plant societies and at horticultural conferences. For 28 years Mattus was employed by Hasbro, Inc. in creative roles ranging from Creative Director to Visual Futurist in their top-secret Innovation and Invention Lab. Curently, Matt lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his partner Joseph of 35 years in a 100-year-old family house with four dogs, 35 ducks, 50 chickens, 1 turkey and a big, fancy glass greenhouse.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cool Springs Press (28 November 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0760361924
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0760361924
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.27 x 2.22 x 26.35 cm
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While most folks know me as a horticultural authority, the truth is my lifelong love of all plants began with raising vegetables. If you follow my blog Growing with Plants, you know that while i grow and collect many types of plants, vegetables are a passion as they have a deep connection to our past, and to our kitchens.

I love to cook (and to eat).

In this book you learn things regardless of your gardening experience. First of all, it's personal so I share some of the varieties which I and my peers believe are currently the best available to raise from seed, but I go deeper. I myself love great gardening books. I most enjoy books that I can read again and again, in season and offseason. There are books that I buy but for one reason or another they just look nice but end up in the bookcase.

My blog readers already know that I deep-dive into some topics. I take the time to sow and grow my own Belgian Endive not because I am saving money, but because home-grown ones are so incredibly crispy and fresh that no market can compare. In many ways, this book is about luxuries like this. Most of us understand the benefits of a freshly picked heirloom tomato in-season, but how many of us have treated yourself to a freshly picked and steamed heirloom Italian purple artichoke?

I also share the newest cultural practices and advice usually only offered to commercial farmers and nurseries as well as facts about soil fertility for each crop, as it is often different (both organic and inorganic methods are shared as each has a benefit). Lastly, if you start your own seeds I offer the ideal temperature range for germinating seeds, whether they need light, a temperature shift at night and the ideal time to plant them.

As with our favorite cookbook, this book should be useful to a broad audience. My wish is that it should eventually end up being torn, filthy and dogeared. I hope this is how the book will live in your home! Use it, learn from it, be inspired by it.

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