I keep one book in my gardening tote, Barbara Damrosch's The Garden Primer, and have done so for many years (this bible of gardening wisdom came out 20 years ago). But now there's a new kid on the block, and I might have to make room for it.
The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book (Storey, 2008) by Barbara W. Ellis, is a compact volume of answers to commonly asked questions about vegetable gardening, even questions that fairly seasoned gardeners like myself secretly harbor.
Part One covers the basics of how to plan and plant a vegetable garden including information on soil, composting, pests and diseases. Part Two is a crop by crop rundown of how to plant, care for, and harvest a few dozen crops from Artichokes (see page 171 for the answer to how artichokes are grown differently in climates like Southern Pennsylvania versus Northern California) to Tomatoes (want to make your own tomato cages? See page 398.)
Today we're giving away five copies of The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book. To be eligible, tell us your burning gardening question. The winners will be selected randomly .... We'll even take a few of your questions to use as Good Questions this month on the site.
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: Tell us your most urgent gardening question in a comment below.
Type a comment in the comment section below by 8:59pm PT/11:59 EST Sunday, May 11, 2008. The winners will be selected at random. Good luck!
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