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A practical, comprehensive and undogmatic guide to growing vegetables - and with a sense of humor, too. I've gotten a lot of good advice from this book over the years. It's very much like talking to a very knowledgeable, easy-going neighbor over the back fence.
I love the introduction:
"My experience in reading about gardening suggests that as happy as they might have been in their backyards and fields, as soon as they sit down to write, most gardeners don a black frock coat and shovel hat and turn into frenetic Puritans. They don't instruct, they exhort; they don't tell, they preach. ... We are told never to cut something without the astringent caution - "With a very sharp knife!" A direction like that makes me want to choose a knife I've been using to scrape rust from old bolts, or to hack the object to pieces with a screwdriver. In the privacy of my own garden. I will do as I please, allowing no one to intrude on my own attitudes and mindsets. I expect everyone to do likewise, if they are worth a cup of horse manure."