Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades

Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades

The Complete Guide to Organic Gardening

Book - 2007
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This is the updated 6th edition of Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, which has evolved from a self-published pamphlet to the master guide to organic vegetable gardening over the past 28 years. Steve Solomon, who was a founder of the Territorial Seed Company, was one of the early proponents of organic gardening, and the first to codify and refine the best practices of small-plot vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest. The approaches to understanding and preparing soils, composting, chemical-free fertilizers, efficient uses of water, and garden planning are universal to any climate or region. Solomon gets specific in his extensive advice on growing specific crops in the gentle maritime Northwest climate. This update includes his latest findings on seed sources, refinements in growing and cultivation techniques, and other organic gardening best practices. Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades lays out the principles, but the author advocates that readers think for themselves and grow their gardens as they see fit.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Sasquatch Books, c2007
Edition: 6th ed
ISBN: 9781570615344
Branch Call Number: 635.048 S689g 2007
Characteristics: x, 356 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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This is kind of a classic for Western Oregon and Washington. It has a lot of details and could be a reference book long after your first garden.

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Aug 09, 2014

This book was amazing. If you are scientifically minded, you will appreciate the way the author systematically breaks down how he does things, and why.

Feb 07, 2013

As returning to gardening after 40 years, in a different climate zone, and with space limited to a 30 sq ft, gardening in the NW was a whole venture for me. This book was an engaging read that provided an easily-acquired baseline knowledge of the geology, ecology, and horticulture of the NW that any gardener would require for the most productive and sustainable results that supports and improves the enviroment. Even though written with the large plot gardener in mind, it provided neat tips and tricks that were scalable, or inspired brainstorming.

The information was so good, that I am not sure how the comment in a previous post about lack of pictures is meaningful. I do know that you will wait all summer on hold for one of the 57 copies to come back into circulation.

Sep 26, 2011

This was one of the most helpful gardening books I've read. It is written specifically for our region. It even has an organic fertilizer recipe that you can make yourself which addresses the mineral deficiencies of our rained on and leached out soils.

May 08, 2011

Not very many pictures (the ones that are present are black and white illustrations, not pictures), but a lot of information is contained within this book!

Jan 06, 2011

A lot of information covered in the book. Good reference guide.


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