June 10, 2009

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Halo Glory rose developed by Ralph S. Moore. (Photo Courtesy of Texas AgriLife Research)
 

A rose of any color may soon be green

By Kathleen Phillip
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

The rose breeding efforts of two men who met decades ago — one a horticulturist and the other a hobby gardener — may join to create more environmentally friendly varieties, according to a Texas AgriLife Research rose scientist.

A large collection of roses from long-time California nursery owner and breeder Ralph Moore may find crosses with rose stock bequeathed to the program from the late Robert E. Basye, whose rose breeding hobby yielded numerous roses now on the market. Basye's collection was given and the chair in rose breeding endowed at Texas A&M University in 2002. Moore donated to Texas A&M's horticulture department more than a year ago.

"About 60 percent of the Moore roses are now growing in our experimental field to see how adaptable they are for humid Texas weather," said Dr. David Byrne, AgriLife Research rose breeder.

"The goal of an environmentally friendly rose is a goal that Ralph Moore has always stressed," Byrne added. "The diverse collection now with AgriLife Research greatly increases the likelihood for such varieties to be developed."

Byrne, who is holder of the Robert E. Basye Endowed Chair in Rose Breeding at Texas A&M, said the Moore collection is a "wonderful match" because the current rose breeding effort stems from Basye's work using wild roses to develop disease-resistant breeding material. Crossing these with Moore roses may provide increased sustainability of garden roses.

Roses have a long-standing reputation for being persnickety in the garden, requiring various special treatments to do well. Byrne said that has changed with the introduction of many varieties that do not require as much fertilizer or pesticides to yield loads of healthy flowers. His breeding program aims at creating varieties that are more suitable for eco-friendly production in home landscapes.

Moore is credited with developing more than 300 varieties of miniature roses from the time he opened his nursery in 1937, according to the American Rose Society. Although he is best known for miniature roses, only about half of his collection were in that category, according to Byrne.

"He did groundbreaking work in developing shrub roses as well as his work to develop striped roses, halo roses, Hulthemia roses, rugosa hybrids, moss roses and crested roses," Byrne said. "He is well-known for his creativity and willingness to share."

Moore, 102, closed his 71-year-old Sequoia Nursery in Visalia, Calif., April 2008. All of his stock — several hundred varieties and 300 rose selections never commercially released — were moved to Greenheart Nursery in Arroyo Grande, Calif., for maintenance and evaluation, said Byrne, who still is collaborating with Moore.


Everything is bigger and better in Texas — even the forests

Texas Forest Service

Texas Forest Service in March unveiled its first-ever statewide tree inventory, the results from which show the state is poised to take the lead in emerging alternative energy and ecosystem service markets.

The Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) initial report shows Texas has 60 million acres of forestland — more than any other state in the continental United States. Of that, 12 million is located in the Piney Woods of East Texas with the remaining acreage spread across the state.

This statewide "census for trees" provides a science-based foundation for better management of the land, Texas Forest Service officials announced.

The inventory helps identify brushlands and encroaching woody vegetation such as mesquite and juniper. The invasive woody vegetation can soak up water and shade out the sun that rangeland grass needs to grow, which creates a problem for cattle raisers.

The results also show that Texas is positioned to profit from alternative energy and ecosystem service markets focused on carbon sequestration and the conversion of woody biomass to energy.

"Texas Forest Service consistently strives to serve the landowners of the state by attracting and supporting new markets. There is a trend that Texas landowners' interest is shifting from agriculture production to wildlife and recreation. With the information provided by this latest inventory, TFS can provide landowners with the technical assistance they need to help them manage what they have," Tom Boggus, TFS interim director said. "It is one of our (TFS) goals to keep forests in forests." The inventory provides comprehensive data for local, state and regional decision-makers to better plan, set policy and allocate resources.

And for the first time Texas has a tool for detecting long term changes in the state's forests and woodlands. Previously, just East Texas was inventoried and the area, volume and species composition of forestland in the rest of the state wasn't known.

The inventory is a 10-year process that began in January 2004 and won't be complete until 2014. Despite being just halfway through, results are expected to remain fairly steady. Once complete, the second 10-year cycle will begin, allowing for data comparison.

"This field inventory will provide never-before-available change-over-time information about the rate of forest clearing, invasiveness, and growth, removals and mortality," said Burl Carraway, TFS sustainable forestry department head. "It will give us a baseline for the future."


 

Gardening tips

Hand picking large insects like grasshoppers, stink bugs, can be an effective means of control but it is impractical to remove small critters like aphids, mites and thrips by hand. Instead, blast these pesky critters away with a strong blast of water. By sure to spray both top and bottom leaf surfaces and repeat often.  Spray in the mornings so plants have time to dry off during the day.

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Did You Know...

Earthworms are one of the most valuable garden assets we have at our disposal. An average earthworm will produce its weight in castings (poop) every 24 hours. A healthy population of earthworms can deposit up to 50 tons per acre of valuable organic matter each year. They will burrow as deep as 6 feet into the soil, breaking up heavy clay soils and enriching sandy soils.


Upcoming garden events

Georgetown: William R. (Bill) Carr will speak on Rare Plants of Texas: A Field Guide, a recently published book he co-authored, at the June 11 meeting of the Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas. The meeting, held at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street, Georgetown, will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., and visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636, or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Alvin: Alvin Garden Club, Kemah-Bay Area Garden Club, and Dig'n Design Garden Club will present "Garden Romance," a standard flower show, on Saturday, June 13, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alvin Senior Citizens Center, 309 W. Sealy St., Alvin.

Austin: Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Rainwater Harvesting for Your Garden," Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. until noon at Riverplace Country Club, 4207 River Place Blvd., Austin. Enjoy a free seminar concentrating on capturing rainwater and lowering water usage in your landscape. This session will teach you all the basics on building a non-potable rainwater harvesting system. In addition, learn about rain gardens which capture valuable rainwater in your landscape. Vendors representing tank and gutter companies will be available to answer specific questions. City of Austin representatives will be available to answer permit and rebate questions. This seminar is free and open to the public and does not require reservations. For more details, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Bellville: The Bluebonnet Master Gardeners will host their annual Big Tomato & other vegetables contest on Saturday, June 13, at Linseisen's Feed & Supply, Inc., 551 W. Main Street, Bellville. Everyone is invited to enter the contest with their big tomato, big onion and other vegetables and fruit. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category. Registration is from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and judging starts at 10 a.m. An educational speaker will speak at 10 a.m. whilst the judges make their decisions. Winners will be announced shortly after 10:30 a.m.. Contact Judy Manning, (979) 865-0102, for additional information.

Houston: Tour the working and demonstration gardens maintained by the Harris County Master Gardeners at Precinct 2 from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 15, at Genoa Friendship Garden, 1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Houston. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association are hosting "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems," from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., June 16, at Steiner Ranch Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more information, visit http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardener volunteer horticulture program will present three free seminars at different locations in Austin during June and July. The first seminar, “Rainwater Harvesting and Waterwise Gardening,” will take place 10 a.m.-noon June 13 at River Place Country Club, 4207 River Place Blvd. “This seminar will be about capturing rainwater and lowering water usage on your landscape,” said Lisa Anhaiser, horticulture assistant for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the agency which administers the county’s Master Gardener program. The session will cover the basics of building a home rainwater harvesting system, plus how to design and maintain a beautiful low-water-use garden. The Master Gardener organization’s “Becoming a Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems” seminar will be presented twice — once in June and again in July. The first presentation will be from 7-9 p.m. June 16 at the Steiner Ranch Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane. The second will be from 10:00 a.m.-noon July 11 at the Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road. “The garden detective seminar will help attendees learn about what causes plant disease, how to go about diagnosing plant diseases and what types of garden management techniques they can use to help prevent them,” Anhaiser said. She said all seminars will be useful to both experienced and novice gardeners. “These seminars are hands-on and provide practical information that can be applied to home gardens and landscapes,” she said. For more information, contact Anhaiser or the Master Gardener desk at the AgriLife Extension office for Travis County, (512) 854-9600.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Weeds to Watch For," presented by Lonnie Matthew, Master Gardener, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Seabrook: As part of the Harris County Master Gardener Association's Master Gardener Lecture Series, Anita Nelson, owner of Nelson's Water Gardens in Katy, will present "Jazzing Up Your Garden" at 10 a.m., June 17, at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

New Braunfels: Dr. Travis LaDuc, Assistant Curator for Herpetology, at the Texas Natural Science Center in Austin, will speak at the June meeting of the Linheimer chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, beginning at 7 p.m., June 18, at the Comal County AgriLife Center, Resource Drive, New Braunfels. Dr. LaDuc gained an interest in herpetology, and snakes in particular, in college and graduate training. His graduate study led to a masters from UT El Paso, and a Ph.D. from UT Austin. He has studied aspects of the rattlesnake predatory strike for his dissertation, using high-speed cameras to slow down and analyze components of the strike, and he currently works with the preserved collection of amphibians and reptiles at the Texas Natural History Collections, participating in a variety of educational outreach programs, and continuing his own research program.  His current research focuses on the biodiversity and natural history of Texas reptiles and amphibians, including spatial ecology, feeding behavior, and morphology. His presentation to the chapter will focus on the biology of rattlesnakes and the research he has conducted in this area. The public is welcome.

Quitman: The Friends of the Arboretum is hosting a photography contest to promote and document the natural resources, history and beauty of Wood County. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to participate in this contest. Photographers are to submit electronic images of flowers, native plants, landmarks, architectural elements, and landscapes that depict one of the four seasons in Wood County. Images must have been taken within Wood County, and within the last two years. These photographs will be used by the Friends of the Arboretum various print and electronic media to be distributed at various venues and displayed on the Friends' website. First prize winners in each class will receive a professionally printed 11 X 14 canvas of their original work, which will be donated by jeb Originals in Winnsboro. Second and third place winners will each receive a ribbon. And, all prize winners will receive recognition from the display of their work in various venues and forums. Classes are: Adult Amateur, Adult Professional, Student Senior Division (Ages 17 to 14), and Student Jr. Division (age 13 and younger). There is no entry fee, but all entries must be accompanied by the completed official entry form, which can be downloaded at http://woodcountyarboretum.com. Entries must be received prior to midnight on July 1. Contestants may enter as many times as they wish, but a separate official entry form must be included for each entry. The Gov. Hogg Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, located in Quitman, is a 23-acre site dedicated to gardens, walking trails and the preservation of historic buildings. The development of the site is ongoing with volunteer help from Wood County Master Gardens, local garden clubs, various civic organizations and the generosity of the area businesses. The Friends of the Arboretum is a non-profit group dedicated to raising funds and volunteering time in support of the development of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. For additional information, contact Pam Riley at (903) 967-2820 or email friendsarboretum@yahoo.com.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold its annual brainstorming meeting from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., July 9, at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St., Georgetown. Members and guests will share and discuss ideas for the coming year's programs. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems" from 10 a.m. until noon, July 11, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Join us to learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more details, see http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Water Gardening," Noon- 1p.m., July 13, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Pat Plowman will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Austin: The Austin Pond Society will host the 2009 Pound Tour July 18 and 19. Approximately 15 ponds will be included in the tour on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.austinpondsociety.org.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Xeriscape Gardening with Native Plants," presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Mulching, Composting and Water Conservation," Noon-1 p.m., August 10, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Monica Pilat will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Schertz: The next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for anyone with a love for gardening and a desire to learn more about horticulture. Classes are on Wednesday August 12 to December 9th from 6:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and two Saturdays at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Instructors include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Patty Leander and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics include botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by June 10, and $125 for 2nd household member if sharing a handbook. Payment plan also available. For more information, an application and a list of speakers, please email gsammermann@gvec.net or call (830) 372-4690. Applications are also available on our Web site at www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Botanical Society is bringing David Rogers' Big Bugs to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Ave., this fall. The exhibit opens Labor Day weekend (September 5-7), and will remain on location through December 6.Featuring gargantuan sculptures of insects, the exhibit alters viewers' perceptions and magnifies the role of insects as nature's "hidden gardeners." Sculptures are constructed entirely from natural materials, complementing and blending with the existing landscape. Interactive programs for children and families, and integrated materials for educators, will be available at the Garden throughout the three-month exhibit. For more information, call (210) 207-3255, or visit www.sabot.org.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners meets at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office - Aransas County, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Pearland: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Bass Pro Shop, Highway 288 at Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day (325) 643-1077, or Mary Engle (325) 784-8453.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle Rooms, College Station Professional Building II, 1651 Rock Prairie Road, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation topics, and more. For more information, visit www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Clubs/GardenClub.htm.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 556-6370 or visit http://www.jcmga.org/.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (254) 897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardener.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.


The Southern Kitchen Garden

By William D. Adams and Thomas R. Leroy

A kitchen garden, or potager, is a celebration of the seasons: brimming with vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees, it’s our link with nature and a source for fresh produce. The kitchen garden has always been an important part of life in the rural South, at times meaning the difference between being well-fed or going to bed hungry. In recent times, the kitchen garden has become more fashionable and now more and more homeowners are reaping the delicious rewards of growing their own food.

A kitchen garden needs little more than a small raised bed, so an aspiring gardener with only a modest backyard will have plenty of room to get started. If you have more space on your hands, then you can include some produce requiring a little more space like fruit trees, corn or pumpkins.

In the book, the authors with take you through the process of starting your very own kitchen garden from location to soil preparation to planting and then to harvest. It is also loaded with useful information on propagation, pest control and is laced with mouth-watering recipes and beautiful color photographs.

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