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Let Monte Burch show you how to grow all types of vegetables,
fruits, and even grains on your own land or in any small space
available to you and your family. Growing your own food is a hot
topic today because of the high cost of transporting food long
distances, the heightened problem of diseases caused by
commercially grown foods, concerns of the overuse of chemicals in
mass food production, and the uncertain health effects of GMOs.
Many-from Michelle Obama to inner-city kids to survivalists and
preppers who have decided to live off the grid-have recently
discovered the benefits of homegrown vegetables and fruits.
Community gardens, and even community canning centers, are
increasingly popular and have turned roof-top gardening into a
great and healthy food source. And on a smaller scale, some plants
can even be grown in containers for the smallest backyard or patio.
The possibilities for growing your own food are endless! Also
included is information on specific health benefits, vitamins, and
minerals for each food, as well as detailed instructions for fall
and winter food growing. Learn how to grow for your family, harvest
and store all types of home-grown produce, and find joy in eating
foods planted with your own hands.
The American Midwest is an ideal place to grow a huge variety of
vegetables, and there are plenty of healthful and economic benefits
to having your own garden. Whether you have a traditional backyard
space or several containers on a high-rise balcony, you can grow a
season-long supply of tasty produce. Best-selling garden writer
Laura Peters provides all you need to know to dig in: * Basics such
as light, soil, exposure and frost tolerance * Almost infinite
garden styles, including raised beds and limited space gardening *
Preparing the garden and selecting which vegetables to grow where *
Recommended varieties, including new, traditional, heirloom and
unusual selections * Seasonal care, including mulching, weeding and
watering * Tips throughout, including how to extend the growing
season and what to do with your harvest * Organic approaches to
management of pests and diseases * An appendix featuring companion
plants and relationships * Helpful hardiness maps, and delicious
colour photos throughout.