Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens: The Best Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

Paperback | May 27, 2011

byJune Flanagan

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Written especially for gardeners in the Canadian Prairie Provinces and the Northern Great Plains of the United States, this book shows you how to grow fabulous fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Discover how to design a growing space of any size, from planning your first vegetable patch or collection of potted herbs, to creating an urban landscape for all seasons entirely with edibles. More than one hundred edible plants are featured, including heirloom vegetables and new fruits bred especially for the prairies, illustrated with full-colour photographs. You will find detailed instructions on when, where and how to plant and care for each crop, as well as tips for harvesting, serving and preserving your homegrown produce.

New and experienced gardeners will find plenty of solid information about the best plant varieties and environmentally sound gardening practices to be successful in a challenging climate and short growing season.

Edible Plants for Prairie Gardens is packed with practical information about:

  • Germinating vegetable and herb seeds indoors
  • Choosing, planning and preparing a garden site
  • When, where and how to plant outdoors
  • Transplanting
  • Garden care from planting to picking
  • Proven strategies for avoiding and solving potential problems.
  • Growing perennial edibles such as:
    • Herbs,
    • Asparagus,
    • Rhubarb, and
    • Prairie-hardy fruit trees and shrubs,
  • Pruning and pollination
  • When and how to harvest each crop
  • Saving seeds from heirloom plants.

    Also included is an extensive source list of mail-order seed and plant suppliers in Canada and the United States.

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Written especially for gardeners in the Canadian Prairie Provinces and the Northern Great Plains of the United States, this book shows you how to grow fabulous fruits, vegetables and herbs. Discover how to design a growing space of any size, from planning your first vegetable patch or collection of potted herbs, to creating an urban la...

June Flanagan holds a M. Sc. in plant science, a B. Sc. in environmental horticulture, and a lifelong passion for photographing and cultivating plants. She also wrote Native Plants for Prairie Gardens, co-authored Garden of Serenity and The Prairie Gardener's Sourcebook, and has published many horticultural articles and images. June Fl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 27, 2011Publisher:Fifth House PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:189725220X

ISBN - 13:9781897252208

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Table of Contents


Content

Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 1: Planning the Edible Garden

    Why Grow Your Own?
    Organic Gardening
    Botany for Gardeners
    Getting Started
    Defining Your Outdoor Space
    Designing the Seasonal Garden
      Choosing Edibles for the Seasonal Garden
    Designing the Permanent Garden
      Choosing Edibles for the Permanent Garden

CHAPTER 2: Planting the Edible Garden

    Soil
      Preparing the Soil
      Composting
    Planting the Seasonal Garden
      When to Plant
      Seeding and Transplanting Outdoors
      Extending the Season
    Planting the Permanent Garden
    Mulch
    Starting Seeds Indoors
    Dividing Perennial Edibles

CHAPTER 3: Growing and Harvesting the Edible Garden

    Watering Edible Plants
    Fertilizing Edible Plants
    Weeds
    Pruning Woody Fruits
    Pollination and Fruiting
    Thinning Fruit
    Pest and Disease Prevention
      Pest and Disease Prevention in the Seasonal Garden
      Disease Control in the Permanent Garden
    Gathering the Harvest
    Saving Seeds
    Closing the Growing Season

CHAPTER 4: Edible Plants for the Seasonal Garden: Annual Vegetables and Herbs

    Cool-Season Vegetables and Herbs
    Warm-Season Vegetables and Herbs

CHAPTER 5: Edible Plants for the Permanent Garden: Perennials, Fruiting Shrubs, and Fruit Trees

    Perennial Vegetables, Herbs, and Small Fruits
    Fruiting Shrubs and Fruit Trees

Index of Seed and Plant Sources in Canada and the United States
References
Index