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The Family Kitchen Garden: How to Plant, Grow, and

A book by Annette Wendland, Jutta Wagner, and Karen Liebreich

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  • Feb 22, 2010
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In the early spring of 2009, my brother, sister and I decided to plant a garden we could share at my brother’s house. I have a small herb garden, lavender garden and some flower beds at my house, but none of us have had a vegetable garden since we were kids. We rototilled some of my brother’s land, fertilized, and purchased some veggie plants from a local farm. 
We were pretty much clueless as to spacing, the number of veggies a plant yields and when to harvest; it was the blind leading the blind. It seemed like we were constantly looking things up on the internet, with varied results. As a result we had cucumbers galore, we couldn’t give them away, not enough jalapenos and squash we never seemed to pick at the right time. I ordered this book hoping that this spring/summer gardening project will go so much smoother. I have no doubt that it will; it has already cleared up so much.
The Table Contents:
The Basics
·        Includes everything from gardening with children, garden planning, crop protection, compost, pest control and much more.
Month by Month
·        A month by month guide on what and when to sow, plant, harvest, and things to do to your plants, shrubs, trees and beds.
A-Z of Plants
·        An index of the plants, subdivided by categories: Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs and Flowers
The book contains detailed information on the plants, soil and position, sowing, planting and spacing, aftercare, common problems, harvesting and uses, varieties and companion planting. The pictures are simple and colorful photographs of the plant being discussed on the page. There are fun family crafts scattered throughout the book and even a few tasty recipes, too.
I received this book in August of 2009 and have opened it again and again whenever a plant or garden question has come up and I have yet to be disappointed.  It has answered all the questions that I hoped it would, plus it gave me plenty more to think about and use. Definitely an invaluable resource for this beginner vegetable gardener!
Cherise Everhard, February 2010

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“This is an indispensable handbook for starting a family kitchen garden. Growing your own vegetables and herbs will transform both your cooking and the way your children eat.”
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“Fun, easy-to-complete projects." (Denver Post)

"This book shows how to get parents and children together in the garden and in the kitchen."

(Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"Monthly tasks and an encyclopedia of vegetables, as well as recipes like a luscious rhubarb cake, make this book as useful as it is irresistible." (Seattle Times)

"Creative activities and healthy recipes." (Library Journal)

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(Austin American-Statesman)

"Excellent primer for gardening with kids ... long on useful information and growing plans, and doesn’t rely on tired pinecone critters to entertain." (Kiwi Magazine)

“A garden lets you get back in tune with the seasons and nature, grow some of your own healthy food, and do something for your body and soul.” (New York Daily News)

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ISBN-10: 160469050X
ISBN-13: 978-1604690507
Author: Jutta Wagner, Karen Liebreich, Annette Wendland
Genre: Parenting & Families, Home & Garden
Publisher: Timber Press
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