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California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Guides)by Claire Splan
Synopses & Reviews
There’s no substitute for the fresh, homegrown taste of fruits and vegetables harvested from a California garden.
Whether you garden in the southern, central, or northern part of the state, California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening has the answers to your how-to-grow questions.
This easy-to-follow guide features:
Planting, care, and harvesting information for more than 60 edibles
Popular vegetable selections from artichokes to turnips
A variety of common and unusual fruits, nuts, and herbs
Advice on garden planning, creating the perfect soil, watering, and more
We’ve seen the commercials, and we all know the stereotypes about California: blue skies, endless sunshine, orange groves, rolling vineyards, everything healthy, lush, and green.
The reality is that while gardening in California is in many ways a remarkably easy endeavor, it can be quite challenging to figure out what to do when. California is not a small place, and it is known for its diverse environment. There aren’t just a few USDA horticultural zones running through the state; there are twelve of them. California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening tells you everything you need to know to be successful.
No matter if you want to plant a large plot, just a container garden, or a tasty kitchen garden, you’ll be sure to find California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening an invaluable resource. It’s the next best thing to having a master gardener as your neighbor.
California abounds with edible selections to grow in the diverse conditions of the state. California Fruit and Vegetable Gardening addresses the critical elements of climate, soil, sun, and water that affects growing success. More than sixty fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers are highlighted, and helpful charts and graphs for planning and planting the garden are included.
About the Author
Claire Splan is a freelance writer and editor in Alameda, California. After buying her first house in 2002, she began taking horticulture classes at Merritt College and remaking the gardens at her home. She wrote about her experiences there and her growing interest in gardening and environmental issues at her garden blog, An Alameda Garden (www.alamedagarden.blogspot.com). She has written for several gardening websites and her writing on books and other topics have appeared in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Rosebud, and Firsts magazine. Claire is a member of the Garden Writers Association and has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Table of Contents
Where in California Are You? The USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Gardening in california
Growing Your Own: The Garden
How to Get Started
Starting at the Beginning with Seeds
Creating the Perfect Soil
Watering & Other Necessities
Pests & Diseases
Fruits, Herbs, Nuts & Vegetables
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Meet Claire Splan
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