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First published in 1997, Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and Cultural History has been out of print, and Mother Earth News is proud to present the original text, together with 100 color photos in this e-book edition.
This remarkable e-book is the bible for gardeners who choose to explore the fabulous flavors, fascinating history and astonishing diversity of vegetables. Food historian William Woys Weaver profiles 280 heirloom varieties, providing recipes, growing advice and authoritative history. The fruit of his labor is a terrific reference for the kitchen gardener, the cook, the historian, and anyone who might wonder what our ancestors were up to when they sat down to eat. Weaver also raises the questions of where our food is headed and what we, as individuals, can do.
Weaver traces the development of the seed-saving movement and gives a list of commercial seed and plant stock sources. Heirloom Vegetable Gardening covers everything from artichokes and cardoons to potatoes and tomatoes. Read about the Golden Ball carrot, which was developed for cold frames in the 19th century. Learn the rich history of lettuces still around today such as the Brown Dutch or White-Seeded Simpson. Discover how to plant, grow and harvest crosnes (or Vegetable White Bait as it was once called).
Want to grow the famous Moon and Stars watermelon? Want to make a Parsnip Pie? Want to learn how to preserve the treasure that is heirloom seeds? This is the e-book that will tell you how!
To enable users to view this e-book on as many devices possible, including on the PC, we provide it in the MOBI format (for most Kindle devices) and the EPUB format (for all other mobile devices and your PC). There are literally dozens of options for viewing. We have included detailed instructions on the disk for viewing this e-book on a PC, a reading device, a smart phone or a tablet. There are also options for accessing the e-book with or without an online connection.
At a minimum, readers who only plan to view this e-book on their PC without an online connection will need an e-book management application. We offer a couple of recommendations. Click on these links for more information and to view system requirements: Adobe Digital Editions and Calibre. Both of these are free but require an internet connection to download the application. Once installed, you no longer need an internet connection to read Heirloom Vegetable Gardening.
Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest company, for example, would specialize in different cultivars than a company based in the Southeast. However, the absorption of these small, independent seed businesses into large multinationals – combined with the advancement of biotechnology, resulting in hybrids and genetically modified seeds – has led to a serious loss of genetic diversity. The public is now at the mercy of the corporations who control the seeds.
In the past few years, gardeners have realized the inherent danger in this situation. A growing movement is striving to preserve and expand our stock of heritage and heirloom varieties through seed saving and sharing opportunities. Seed Libraries is a practical guide to saving seeds through community programs, including:
- Step-by-step instructions for setting up a seed library
- A wealth of ideas to help attract patrons and keep the momentum going
- Examples of existing libraries and other types of seed saving partnerships
Whoever controls the seeds controls the food supply. By empowering communities to preserve and protect the genetic diversity of their harvest, Seed Libraries is the first step toward reclaiming our self-reliance … while enhancing food security and ensuring that the future of food is healthy, vibrant, tasty and nutritious.
Around the world, everyone is talking about environmental issues and the concept of “going green.” Natural organic gardening and landscaping are among the most important parts of that movement. Some organic proponents only say to stop using the chemicals. Howard Garrett, in the Organic Manual, explains in detail what to do instead. His “what to do” is the organic method. The book opens with the advice to stop the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers, but Garrett then goes on, in great detail, about the practical alternatives. This is one of the few books effective for use coast to coast and border to border. The organic method has no geographic boundaries.
The best kept secret of all (uncovered in this book) is that the organic program is better in every way. Whether it’s growing beautiful landscaping or delicious, healthy food crops, the Organic Manual explains bed preparation, planting, pest control, and compost making. It also covers natural living advice. The organic method is the most efficient, most cost effective, and most fun of any approach. It also produces the best trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables that you’ll ever grow.