Synopses & Reviews
Advance praise for
Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs:
• “Compost all your other ‘how to gardening books—this one replaces them all. Jim Wilson and Walter Chandoha ... have created a labor of love ... worthy of a lifetime achievement award.”
—Nona Wolfram Koivula, Executive Director, All-America Selections and The National Garden Bureau
• “With more than 100 years of experience between them, Jim and Walter (can help) less-experienced gardeners get immediate results. ...You can almost smell the sweet apples, the savory basil, and the juicy tomatoes. ... Wow, what a feast!”
—Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener
• “The chapters (on growing) vegetables, fruits, and herbs are the best Ive ever seen in all my years of collecting edible gardening books. ... (It) feels like Im taking a walk down Jims lifelong garden path. ...”
—Cathy Wilkinson Barash, Past President, Garden Writers Association, Author, Edible Flowers from Garden to Palate and Gardening in the Prairie Lands States
JIM WILSON earned a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Missouri and has been an active horticulturist for over 60 years. He has authored 13 books and spent more than a decade on garden television, most notably as co-host of PBSs The Victory Garden South.
WALTER CHANDOHA is a graduate of New York University. An accomplished photographer and writer, his work has appeared in Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and National Geographic.
"Home Grown Vegetables" can help aspiring gardeners avoid disappointment or failure with their first gardens and help families who are already growing food crops to grow more and reduce their food costs.
Starting with the basics and the author's secrets of successful, time-efficient food gardening learned over a lifetime of gardening, this book is the complete vegetable gardening system for busy people who want to grow fresh produce to save money and ensure their food is safe.
Like the Victory gardens of World War II, food gardens planted in sunny back or side yards during these economically challening times can provide families with nourishing, delicious food at a fraction of the cost to buy it at a supermarket. What's more, families know that the food they grow themselves, with minimal or natural pesticides and minimal or no synthetic fertilizers, is safe from the many E. coli, Salmonella, and other "tainted-food scares" of recent years. Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs: A Bountiful, Healthful Garden for Lean Times will help aspiring gardeners avoid disappoint or faillure with their first food gardens and help families who are already growing food crops to grow more and reduce their food costs!
About the Author
Jim W. Wilson earned a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Missouri and has been active in home and commercial horticulture more than 60 years. He has visited home and public gardens in many countries, and in the U.S., he has lived and gardened in nine different states, coast to coast and north to south. Perhaps best known as an author of garden books and a lecturer on several gardening subjects, Wilson spent 13 years in garden television. He was a co-host on The Victory Garden, PBS, and on Home and Garden TV's Great Gardeners. Wilson has served as national President of the Garden Writers Association and is a Fellow and a member of the GWA's Hall of Fame. In July 2004 he was presented with the Medallion of Honor by All-American Selections, an organization that evaluates new seed-grown flower and vegetables, for lifetime achievement in horticulture. He is a certified Master Gardener for South Carolina, and has been named an honorary Master Gardener by the Extension Services of nine states. The author of 13 books, the most recent of which include The Carolinas Gardener's Guide, Native Trees for North American Landscapes: From the Atlantic to the Rockies, and Gardening through Your Golden Years, Wilson helps his partner, Jane Mandel, also a Missouri Master Gardener, tend a large flower garden and a "starter" prarie garden. He maintains a vegetable and herb garden, fenced to keep out deer, groundhogs, rabbits, and other pests. Walter Chandoha has been a professional freelance photographer/writer for over 40 years, specializing in flora and fauna of the world. His photographs have appeared on more than 300 magazine covers and in thousands of advertisements, and he has more than 200,000 stock images of animals and gardens. A graduate of New York University's' Stern School of Business, Chandoha is a member and former director of both the American Society of Media Photographers and the Garden Writers Association. In 1997 he was made a Fellow of GWA and in 2006 was inducted into its Hall of Fame. For 10 years he was an official photographer of the Philadelphia Flower Show. He has written and/or illustrated 30 books. His latest, 100 Garden Tips and Timesavers, was published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. His photographs and/or illustrated articles on animals and gardens have appeared in other Creative Homeowner books as well as Time-Life books, Ortho books. National Home Gardening Club books, Meredith books, and Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, Country Living, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Mother Earth News, Gardening How-To, Organic Gardening, Garden Design, Better Homes and Gardens, and The New York Times magazines. Chandoha and his family live on a 46-acre farm in northwest New Jersey in still-rural Hunterdon County. He has many experimental gardens on the property, where he grows flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and ornamental grasses. An ongoing project is taking photographs of these gardens in the four seasons of the year, each from the same vantage point.
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1Why Grow Your Own Food? Chapter 2Where and How Does Your Garden Grow? Chapter 3Understanding Your Soil Chapter 4All the Tools You'll Need Chapter 5The Three E's: Economy, Ease & Enjoyment Chapter 6Selected Vegetables Chapter 7Selected Fruits Chapter 8Selected Herbs Chapter 9Advances in Organic Gardening Chapter 10Modern Victory Gardens Sources of Planting and Gardening InformationSources of Vegetable Seeds or Small Fruit and Vegetable PlantsGlossaryIndex