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Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening : The Secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce
by Jodi Torpey


Overview - Win the blue ribbon every time Master Gardener Jodi Torpey offers all the information you need to grow champion vegetables -- beans, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, peppers, pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes -- covering everything from choosing the right varieties and scheduling planting dates to harvesting, preparing, and transporting your produce.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Win the blue ribbon every time Master Gardener Jodi Torpey offers all the information you need to grow champion vegetables -- beans, beets, cabbages, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, peppers, pumpkins, squash, and tomatoes -- covering everything from choosing the right varieties and scheduling planting dates to harvesting, preparing, and transporting your produce. She also walks you through every aspect of competitive showing, with useful tips for thinking like a judge. This book will delight you with lively photos of mammoth pumpkins, truly gigantic onions, perfectly pear-shaped eggplants, and the farmers and gardeners who grow them. Filled with the excitement of a county fair, it's a fun read as well as a solid guide to growing the biggest, tastiest, best-looking vegetables for miles around.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781612123943
  • ISBN-10: 1612123945
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 224


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Torpey (The Colorado Gardeners Companion) writes giddily about vegetable gardening, going so far as to use the animated film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit as a point of reference, and she will even entertain non-gardeners with this delightful book. Dedicated gardeners will be impressed as she seriously coaches the sport of competitive vegetable growing. Torpey offers expert advice for every skill level, and most ages, on growing the biggest and best prize-winning produce. The book covers the history of vegetable competitions, from small-town harvest festivals to large county fairs, and the basicsseeds, soil, seasonsof entering and winning the coveted blue ribbon. Torpey profiles champion gardeners and farmers throughout. The bulk of the book details growing 10 competitive veggies, including beans and tomatoes. For each, Torpey covers planning and preparing, harvesting and transporting; she includes a checklist on what and how to pick, what to dismiss, and how to prepare for judging. The gem-like vegetables, including outlandish 1,000-pound pumpkins, display well in photographs, most taken at the Iowa State Fair. Color photos. (Dec.)

 
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