When this book was printed, some Web addresses may have needed to break across two lines of text. If that happened, rest assured that I haven’t put in any extra characters to indicate the break. So, when using one of these Web addresses, just type in exactly what you see in this book, pretending as though the line break doesn’t exist. I may think every word I’ve written on vegetable gardening in this book is intriguing, but I realize you have a life and may want to just get on with it.
If you want only the basics, keep in mind that sidebars (in shaded gray boxes) and information tagged with the Technical Stuff icon aren’t necessary to your basic understanding of vegetable growing and can be skipped, if you really have to. You want to create a vegetable garden that’s filled with healthy, nutritious, beautiful plants to eat.
You want to understand the basics of vegetable gardening and, for experienced gardeners, find new tricks to help you garden better. You want to grow vegetables in an environmentally friendly manner.You want to try vegetable gardening even if you only have a deck or patio to grow a few plants. You want to share your love of gardening with friends, family members, and neighbors because you feel that if more people grew some of their own food, the world would be a better place.
Like all For Dummies books, this book is broken into parts. Each part has a number of chapters related to a theme. Here’s an overview to get you oriented with the organization