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Growing herbs and vegetables : from seed to harvest
Silber, Mark.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 274 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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SB351.H5 S54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
SB351.H5 S54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB351.H5 S54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An indispensable, wonderfully motivating growing guide, based on three decades of gardening experience, from the cofounders of Hedgehog Hill Farm in Sumner, Maine.

The Silbers tell us how to go about searching for just the right seeds, plants, and information; how to determine the number of plants we need; how to set up a germinating area; how to seed and transplant; how to use cold frames and other methods of "hardening off" our seedlings. They take us into the garden and explain how to evaluate soils and break up top growth. We learn about setting out plants; about direct seeding in mulched areas and open ground; about weeding, watering, and fertilizing. They share their wisdom about controlling insect damage and battling plant diseases; about accommodating animals while protecting crops; about harvesting, fall cleanup, and collecting, saving, and storing seeds from our own gardens.

Specific, detailed instructions are given for growing 37 vegetables--alphabetically arranged from asparagus to turnips--and 51 herbs, from angelica to woad. Well-organized charts make it easy to find essential information quickly, and drawings and photographs provide visual direction. Conveniently located sidebars give us guidance on such topics as growing hot peppers, planting mesclun, making sauerkraut, braiding onions, blanching cauliflower, growing moth-repellent herbs, making herb tempura and vinegars, and crystallizing flowers.

Here is a book guaranteed to inspire us to dig into the gardening catalogues and then into the earth to begin the adventure of producing our very own bountiful harvest.

Author Notes

Terry and Mark Silber are gardeners, designers, photographers, writers, and proprietors of Hedgehog Hill Farm. Both Terry and Mark lived and worked in the Boston area before moving to Maine. Mark's previous books include Rural Maine, Family Album, Thoreau Country, Racing Stock, and Sumner 200. Terry wrote A Small Farm in Maine, and together the Silbers are the authors of The Complete Book of Everlastings.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Drawing on nearly 30 years of experience at Hedgehog Hill Farm in Sumner, Maine, the Silbers (A Small Farm in Maine) share their combined knowledge in this well-organized and thorough garden primer. An abundance of detailed, specific information explains the basics of garden planning (including a look at the explosion of horticultural information on the Internet and how best to choose among all the glossy seed and plant catalogues), propagation, transplanting and the cultivation and care of both new and mature gardens. Committed seed savers, the authors advocate a "raised-bed total-mulch program," which involves preserving heirloom varieties and creating a thriving garden by planting in wide, raised rows protected by weed-suppressing mulch. Comprehensive chapters on cultivating both vegetables and herbs cover everything from asparagus to tomatoes and angelica to wormwood, and include an eclectic assortment of recipes (salsa, homemade sauerkraut, herb tempura) and tips on preserving root vegetables and drying herbs. The workmanlike tone of the book is offset by the expert advice offered by these experienced gardeners. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The Silbers (The Complete Book of Everlastings) currently grow over 500 species of annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs at Hedgehog Hill Farm in Maine where they have been full-time farmers for 20 years. Their new book offers detailed, easy-to-understand advice on how to start vegetables and herbs from seedÄboth indoors and planting seeds directly into garden beds. They discuss the entire process from choosing varieties of seed to starting the seed to planting the beds. Next the authors discuss individual species of vegetables and herbs, giving specific seeding, planting, cultural, harvesting, and storage information, as well as explaining seed harvesting techniques. A final chapter covers preparing and storing seeds. Useful, easy-to-read charts summarize seeding specifics, while numerous boxed sections add information on topics from blanching crops to using cold frames. Highly recommended for both beginning and experienced gardeners.ÄSue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.