CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction to Horticulture 2. Plant Anatomy and Morphology 3. Basics of Plant Nutrition 4. Soil Fertility and Crop Production 5. Plant Propagation 6. Planting and Transplaning 7. Pruning of Plants 8. Vegetable Gardening 9. Horticultural Practices 10. Nursery Management 11. Weed Control 12. Pest Management 13. Harvesting of Horticultural Products 14. Packing of Horticultural Products 15. Horticultural Marketing
Horticultural crops play a unique role in India’s economy by improving the income of the rural people. Cultivation of these crops is labour intensive and as such they generate lot of employment opportunities for the rural population. Fruits and vegetables are also rich source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. which are essential in human nutrition. Hence, these are referred to as protective foods and assumed great importance as nutritional security of the people. Thus, cultivation of horticultural crops plays a vital role in the prosperity of a nation and is directly linked with the health and happiness of the people. The present book attempts to provide all fundamental aspects of horticulture. After the introductory chapter, it discusses systematically the topics like anatomy and morphology of crops, plant nutrition, soil fertility, methods of plant propagation, various horticultural practices, etc. Not only that, the state of the art developments in areas like establishment and management of gardens; weed, pest and disease management; harvesting and packaging of horticultural products; horticultural marketing trends, etc; have also been reviewed in the book. By reading this book, students will learn how and why plants grow and develop and sailed.