Burpee American Gardening Series: Vegetables by Burpee

By Burpee

Greens features:
* unique descriptions of greater than 70 greens, from Burpee's world-famous tomato hybrids to the unique kohlrabi
* whole cultural details, suggestion on soil guidance, rankings of counsel, and crucial info on either new and out of date greens from arugula to zucchini
* an excellent "plant portrait" part - each vegetable defined and completely illustrated with many entries displaying a number of images to tell apart varieties
* specified chapters contain "The Vegetable backyard Planner", "Pests and Diseases" and extra

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Consider troublesome insects and diseases as symptoms of one of the above rules having been violated. Of the above rules, number 4 is the most important. It is the law of recycle and return. When practiced, it supports the other five rules and makes them less important. Because of rules 4 and 6 being ignored or not understood, the big use of pesticide became necessary. 9 billion pounds of pesticide are sold each year in this country. We recognized and followed these rules on both of our farms. The first farm had a fruit orchard, an acre-and-half garden, and the rest was covered with pecan trees under which we grazed our milk cow and other farm animals.

Soon that led him into much experimentation with composting. When he had applied much of the science and was well on the way to mastering the art of composting, we were all after him for his compost. He gave it to us until, in self defense, he had to start selling it. Before long Malcolm had prepared a lot just for composting, and soon he was collecting the refuse from the stables, tree-trimmers and such, all around San Antonio in order to meet the demand for his compost. All the while he was studying about soils, experimenting with mixes, and designing bigger and better mixing machines.

You can only be a help to Nature when you do something you enjoy. The three most important things the home gardener needs when learning to make compost are: 1. A willingness to experiment with blending carbon and nitrogen materials. 2. Learning the correct moisture content and air space. 3. The patience to let the microbes do their disassembling job. No matter what you do or mistakes you make, sooner or later it will all decay anyway. CARBON (C) MATERIALS Sometimes called brown or bulking materials, they are: sawdust, wood chips, bark, straw, dried leaves, dry grass, corn cobs, shucks, dry corn stocks, seed hulls, cardboard, paper, dry cane and grass hay.

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