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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity

 
 
Author
Carol Deppe.
Publisher Chelsea Green  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 7.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781603584876
Pages/Publication Date 265/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59352
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Exploring the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening, the author of The Resilient Gardener and Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties here 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 almost any food crop. Carol Deppe, inspired by the philosophy and wisdom of Tao Te Ching, China's 2500-year-old "Book of Changes," organizes her book 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. At the same time she offers a wealth of specific and valuable garden advice on such topics as the Eat-All Greens Garden, a labor- and space-efficient way to provide all the greens a family can eat, freeze, and dry; the growing problem of late blight and the future of heirloom tomatoes; creating a do-it-yourself seed bank, including information on preparing seeds for long-term storage and how to "dehybridize" hybrids; and 24 good places to not plant a tree, with 37 good reasons for not planting various vegetables.

"This thoughtful book is a guide for growing tomatoes, squash, and greens, but its most significant contribution is Deppe's approach to gardening. She encourages the gardener to cultivate an intuitive relationship with plants and almost a sixth sense about when to actively work in the garden, and when to stand back and let the plants do the growing they need to do. She calls it the Tao of gardening, a form of 'non-doing' or 'doing that which gives maximum effect for the minimum effort,' so that unnecessary action has been eliminated. It is about balance: not watering too much, not fertilizing too much. She further enjoins the gardener to create a relationship with the garden, knowing what needs tending, what needs to be left alone. The advice for raising tomatoes and greens will benefit the gardener, but the magic of the book is the way it teaches the gardener how to grow with the garden."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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