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The book covers so much: how to grow your veggies in a nutshell (per veggie!), what types of preservation works better to which type of veggie (freezing, canning, drying, fermenting), how to store them without processing (cabbage, kohlrabi, potatoes, garlic, onions, etc.). I was marveled at the way it is all explained in an easy language, lots of beautiful pictures, tons of step-by-step information. A must-have for any homesteader or just the enthusiasts of saving delicious fresh food from their favorite organic markets while still preserving some nutrients.
I've been a home gardener, and a CSA farmer, and I came away with some great tips on how to easily plan my garden so I'm not dropping off zucchini on my neighbors porch and running away. I LOVE to grow things, and I always grow too much. Not this year! I have a plan for everything that I've planted! I added this book to my library because Barbara knows what she's talking about and she'd presented it in a approachable way.
As stated in the book, this is more for experienced gardeners than for beginners, although some of the information provided will be helpful to beginners, too, especially those who think that they want to grow a dozen zucchini plants for a family of three! There is enough information on each of the 55 veggies, fruits and herbs to provide a good overview, without getting minutia. This would have been a 5 star review if there was a chart in the book for how many plants per person. Instead, that information has to be looked up plant by plant. A chart would have made it easier to plot out the garden.
I have a lot of gardening books and a lot of experience gardening. Frankly, I've been thinking I couldn't really learn much from gardening books at this point but this book proved me wrong. It is very interesting and has information in it that is hard to find in other books. I'm too lazy to write much other than to say that Barbara Pleasant deserves her good reputation among gardeners and she has done a great job with this book. It is packed with practical information on deciding how much to grow, how to grow, and how to preserve your produce.
Barbara Pleasant's writing is very accessible and engaging. This is a really excellent resource for beginning to journeyman gardeners and homesteaders. The pictures were incredibly helpful, showing various fresh, dried, and preserved fruits and vegetables, as well as showing the steps in preserving them. As a relatively inexperienced gardener, I especially appreciated the "how many to grow" suggestions, which gave me a great baseline for how much of each kind of plant to grow to enjoy fresh or to have enough to preserve as well. I'm going to combine her suggestions with those in Square Foot Gardening to make the most of my small yard and growing space.
Fantastic! We got to meet Barbara at a lecture she did in DC and after hearing her speak we new we needed to get her book and thank goodness we did! This book has helped us so much with our fall garden learning about the new plants were growing, how to plant, grow, harvest and preserve! Such a great book!
Balanced pleasant read we will reference often. I am grateful to have this all organized in one book. The voice of experience gives me confidence and makes me wish we were neighbors. Looking forward to reading her other books.