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The Tao of Vegetable Gardening


The Tao of Vegetable Gardening explores the practical methods as well as the deeper essence of gardening. In her latest book, ground-breaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the key principles and practices that gardeners need to know to successfully plant and grow just about any food crop. Deppe’s work has long been inspired and informed by the philosophy and wisdom of Tao Te Ching, the 2,500-year-old work attributed to Chinese sage Lao Tzu and the most translated book in the world after the Bible. The Tao of Vegetable Gardening is organized into chapters that echo fundamental Taoist concepts: Balance, Flexibility, Honouring the Essential Nature (your own and that of your plants), Effortless Effort, Non-Doing, and even Non-Knowing.

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