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Grow What You Eat! Vegetable Gardening

Years ago, when home vegetable gardens were more the rule than the exception, home yards were not always the focal point of the home. In other words, yards were yards—usually expansive and not necessarily designed landscapes. Vegetable gardens were an integral part of life. As society migrated to more urban living, smaller lots and focused on the beauty of our homes, a grander landscaping focus naturally followed. However, now many are questioning the wisdom of devoting so much money and our precious resources to landscape maintenance when the yard space could be used for more productive use, such as, once again, a vegetable garden.

Once again, we are celebrating and partaking in what some call the most intelligent of all farming—growing our own food. We are making vegetable gardens, but in a much more responsible way. The amazing thing is, growing your own food is relatively is easy, but you need to understand the basics. And, you really don't need a lot of room--just sunshine, water, and soil. Not all of us have someone to teach us, and this is where RCPL comes in! We have so many books, magazines and video products to help you teach yourself these basics. From seed, to plants, to harvest, to seed again, understanding this cycle is so empowering, and you know how gardeners love to share! The books listed below can give you a good start, but, of course, every gardener needs information on their own area, so we even have an online bibliography of books on regional vegetable gardening. Please note the Clemson Extension website link; you'll find loads of information there. Check out these books and sites to become a vegetable gardener—or a better one.


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