Vegetable Gardening Books

benflowerFebruary 14, 2009

Hello-- Haven't been on here in a while, but would like to get some recommendations from you on a good vegetable gardening book --- with all the basic info. Looked on the web and found Ed Smith's vegetable gardening "bible",-- Does anyone have this book or can you offer other recommedations? I want to give this to my daughter who is starting her first vegetable garden (small-- backyard type)

thanks for any help.

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trianglejohn

Anything written by Elliot Coleman or his wife Barbara Damrosch. Her book "Garden Primer" is a classic that I read over and over. Some of their advice is tailored for the far north but for the most part it is universal.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 7:07PM
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zcat(7b North Raleigh)

I like "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew. He includes information on getting started (sunlight, soil, drainage, location), when and what to plant, basic spacing, vertical planting, some structures to build, watering, pests, extending the harvest, and basic information on vegetables. I like the first edition because it does not focus as much on building his ideal soil mix. I got my copy at a used book store for $3. Your local library probably has a copy.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 7:56PM
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pfmastin(8 N. Carolina)

For regional info, Gardening in the South (Vegetables and Fruits)by Don Hastings

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 11:53PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

There are two books that I use for veggie gardening. Both are about companion planting and organic gardening.

# Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening by Louise Riotte

# Great Garden Companions: A Companion-Planting System for a Beautiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden by Sally Jean Cunningham

You might also want to check out the Ruth Stout method.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 8:17AM
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nancedar(z7NC)

My veggie bible is "The North Carolina Fruit & Vegetable Book". I have an older edition, the newer one has very few photo's (so who needs to know what broccoli looks like?) but has the same info. Each section is about a specific vegetable or fruit and it gives variety names that do well here and which ones don't. I have found that info to be right on. I have marked it up with companion planting and specific sowing and harvesting dates from other sources relative to where I am exactly so it is pretty tattered. I give this title as a gift to those new to North Carolina gardening.

Nancy the nancedar

    Bookmark   February 16, 2009 at 7:03PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

I have the Guide to North Carolina Vegetable Gardening, also by Walter Reeves. It's very good.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 10:33AM
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ncdirtdigger(7b)

Ditto the reccommendation of Don Hastings' book

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 4:04PM
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