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The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest

By Michael VanderBrug

How to grow your own food in the Heartland!

There is nothing more regionally specific than vegetable gardening—what to plant, when to plant it, and when to harvest are decisions based on climate, weather, and first frost. The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest, by regional expert Michael VanderBrug, focuses on the unique eccentricities of the Midwest gardening calendar. The month-by-month format makes it perfect for beginners—gardeners can start gardening the month they pick it up.

This must-have book is for home gardeners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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“The handbook's month-by-month structure is easy to follow, helping the reader plan, prepare, plant, and harvest. . . . This guide has solid information packed with common sense.” —Publishers Weekly

“VanderBrug welcomes his reader in joining the great agricultural history of the Midwest, and emphasizes the importance of knowing one’s garden and its various microclimates. Even those not planning a garden in the Midwest will find that following his calendar and narrative is surprisingly soothing, as he navigates the seasons and their chores.” —NYBG Plant Talk

“While Timber Press has tackled other regions with its growing guides, this edition is its first time walking gardeners through working with the climate extremes of the Midwest. The guide includes month-by-month actions, as well as care and keeping profiles for fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow best here and details on garden basics, including planning.” —Agri News
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Regional Vegetable Gardening Series
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Publication date
December 30, 2015