veggie book advice

jclepine(8b)June 28, 2011

Hello. I would like to send a book to a friend who moved from Boulder to Kansas City, Mo. She knows little about gardening and wanted a veggie garden but had trouble with the weather here.

Now that they have moved, she wants to get into growing lots of her own veggies.

I was thinking of just sending the good ol' Sunset Western but now I'm thinking a book more dedicated to veggies would be better.

I'm thinking maybe Sunset's Western Garden Book of Edibles or Sunset's the Edible Garden. But, I've never really used a veggie book, I just ask you all! So, I'm not sure if there is a best choice out there or if my guess is as good as anyone else's.

Thank you!


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I have and use the Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles. It is a great reference book and covers all the basics and then some. I would recommend this book.


    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 1:30AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Me too.


    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 10:27AM
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Thank you both! It looked like a good book but I never really know until I put something to use.


    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 8:35AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

My all-time-favorite gardening book is Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times, by Steve Solomon. I think it's the only gardening book that I have read completely through, and then I did it again! It's designed for a beginner, and it's emphasis is in making gardening affordable.

It's filled with practical, down-to-earth advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 9:20AM
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Thank you MileHighGirl! I haven't had time to flip through any books yet, that is for Saturday. I'll look for this one while I'm in town so I can compare them.

She isn't that much of a beginner but when I gave her some veggie seeds and reminded her to harden them off if she started them inside, she had no idea what I meant so I explained.

I think flipping through the books will be better than just looking online which is all I've done so far.

Thanks all!


    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 10:37AM
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I just ordered "Gardening when it counts, growing food in hard times" from Amazon. I hadn't heard of it before Milehihggirl mentioned it. I pulled it up on Amazon and read about 12 pages in on the "preview" before I ordered it. It is definitely a book meant to be read cover to cover. The Sunset book you can use more like a reference book when you need to look something up. I have read it cover to cover though. It is more "visual" than Gardening when it counts. Both seem like good books and very different books too.

Milehighgirl- Thanks for the book advice...even if it wasn't meant for me!!! I can't wait till if comes and I can start reading. Now only to find time to squeeze in another book to read.


    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 3:20PM
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