Books on vegetable production have been written from the viewpoint of the East, West, North and South. The present volume is written from the viewpoint of conditions as they exist in the great central prairie region, known agriculturally as the corn belt. But the principles here laid down are apphcable in all sections. The cultural requirements of the various crops have been analyzed in the light of many years’ experience with vegetables, and an attempt has been made to present the underlying principles of vegetable production in a clear and logical manner, and place vegetable gardening on a rational basis. It is impossible for man to control the climate of a given locality. It is possible, however, for him to adapt his gardening operations to the conditions as he finds them. Knowing the temperature requirements of a given crop and the length of season demanded for its development, he can adjust the time of planting and method of handhng to meet as fully as possible the needs of the particular crop. But in spite of all that can be done even by the well-informed gardener, vegetables demanding radically different climatic conditions may not thrive equally well in the same garden. A reasonable degree of success with a large number of different vegetables can be attained by a careful grower in almost any locality, but the commercial production of special crops should rarely be undertaken except in localities where the climatic and other conditions are especially favorable for the particular crop in question.
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