The Backyard Gardener: Simple, Easy and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers

Focusing on sustainable, organic growing practices and plants, The Backyard Gardener is a comprehensive handbook for everyone who wants to grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers in their own backyard. With beautiful photographs, planting suggestions, and tried-and-true techniques, Kelly Orzel will cover everything you need to know about:

Raising the healthiest vegetables
Controlling pests with homemade remedies
Starting and saving seeds
Maximizing the space in your garden
Making the best compost
Enhancing your vegetable garden with flowers and herbs
And so much more!

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