The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

The Tao of Vegetable Gardening

Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables--tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens--and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop.

Deppe's work has long been inspired and informed by the philosophy and wisdom of Tao Te Ching, the 2,500-year-old work attributed to Chinese sage Lao Tzu and the most translated book in the world after the Bible. The Tao of Vegetable Gardening is organized into chapters that echo fundamental Taoist concepts: Balance, Flexibility, Honoring the Essential Nature (your own and that of your plants), Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing. Yet the book also offers a wealth of specific and valuable garden advice on topics as diverse as:

*nbsp; nbsp; The Eat-All Greens Garden, a labor- and space-efficient way to provide all the greens a family can eat, freeze, and dry--all on a tiny piece of land suitable for small-scale and urban gardeners.

*nbsp; nbsp; The growing problem of late blight and the future of heirloom tomatoes--and what gardeners can do to avoid problems, and even create new resistant varieties.

*nbsp; nbsp; Establishing a Do-It-Yourself Seed Bank, including information on preparing seeds for long-term storage and how to "dehybridize" hybrids.

*nbsp; nbsp; Twenty-four good places to not plant a tree, and thirty-seven good reasons for not planting various vegetables.

Designed for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to experienced growers, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening provides a unique frame of reference: a window to the world of nature, in the garden and in ourselves.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont :, Chelsea Green Publishing,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781603584876
Branch Call Number: 635 Deppe 02/2015
Characteristics: xiv, 265 pages, 16 pages of plates :,color illustrations ;,25 cm


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Oct 16, 2018

Why haven’t I heard of Carol Deppe’s books before now?! I love her style, wit, attitude, and practical advise. She grows varieties of vegetables for their flavor and productivity, and in her books tells us how we can, too. This is not your standard “how to garden” book, and might not be the best choice for newbie gardeners. As a seasoned food-grower, I’m loving all the tips for refining my gardening techniques (generally this means making things easier and trying Ms. Deppe’s varietal suggestions). I’m already enjoying my patch of “eat-all greens” to great satisfaction! I also appreciate her ideas for simple meal preparation, although I wish the recipes were arranged together in one section so I didn’t have to flip through the book to find one. For me, this book (and Carol Deppe!) are treasures.


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