Great Gobs of Gardening Books for 2013

New gardening books are published every year, but this crop is especially fruitful.

Baker Creek Vegan CookbookIf you need inspiration to help you add more vegetables to your family’s menu, look no farther than this new cookbook from the folks at the Baker Creek Seed Company. The cookbook, written by Jere and Emilee Gettle with Adeena Sussman, is a natural follow up to the Gettle’s first book called “The Heirloom Life Gardener.” If you didn’t grow up enjoying Grandma Nellie’s Garden Soup, don’t fret. Her recipe for homemade vegetable soup is included in the new collection of more than 125 recipes in “The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook” (2012, Hyperion).

Vertical Vegetable Gardening book1“Vertical Vegetable Gardening” is a Living Free Guide (2012, Alpha Books) that adds to the body of creative ideas for using every square inch of gardening space. Chris McLaughlin has gleaned ideas from gardeners across the country for the best ways to grow vegetables vertically.This user-friendly how-to guide is organized into four parts that make it easy to find information. While beginning gardeners may want to delve into The Basics: Soil and Seed, experienced gardeners might turn right to Vegetables and Fruit that Enjoy Growing Up.

Square-foot garden cover“All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew (2013, Cool Springs Press) updates his classic square foot gardening techniques for the next generation of vegetable gardeners. The key to gardening success is reducing the size of the garden and planting in square foot sections. Bartholomew expands on his original ideas about square foot gardening that include 10 major improvements designed to make vegetable gardens more productive and easier to manage, while reducing the costs of gardening, too.

Kiss my aster coverIf you’re new to gardening, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the books offering expert how-to advice. If you’re looking for something a little different, you’ll enjoy Amanda Thomsen’s book, “Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You” (2012, Storey Publishing). This book is as interactive as a gardening guide can be. It’s filled with fun, like Color Me Gnome, and loaded with solid landscaping advice.

Gardening for Geeks2Garden nerds unite! Christy Wilhelmi’s new book called “Gardening for Geeks” (2013, Adams Media) has you in mind as she cheerfully explains the science behind gardening and how to avoid common mistakes. Whether you want to learn how to grow a beautiful and sustainable garden using bio-intensive gardening methods or build a solar food generator, ‘Gardening for Geeks” is for you.


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The Vertical Gardening Book!

I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of this book!
I’ve gardened all of my life, being raised in Nebraska. Twenty years ago, I moved to Colorado & discovered quickly that growing food out here takes some serious dedication, skill, dirt wrangling & tenacity! We earn our fruits & veg in Colorado. I am a single mom of 2 boys, aged 11 & 14 as well as the adopted mum of a 96 pound lab & a rather
excitable (ha!) foster-turned-ours year old deaf boxer. We live in a great, tiny century old home with the distinction of being the smallest lot in Old Town, with a structure. I have run out of room to grow, yet they just keep eating. Help!

I need the book on Vertical Vegetable Gardening as my vegetable gardening space is limited to containers, a couple of small raised beds and a few flower beds. It would most definitely help me best utilize the meager space I have. Many thanks!

It’s all about space. In a rental with a small patio and restrictions on what can be done in the yard, I’m limited to containers and whatever contraptions I can create with them to make my gardening space bigger. I’d love to win the vertical vegetable gardening book!

By the way, I loved the first “Square Foot Gardening” book. Thank you for this review on the 2nd edition. Updated books don’t usually have enough info to make them much more than the original but with 10 major improvements in this version, it looks like I’ll need to take a look.

I would love to have the Vertical Vegetable Gardening book! I have watched several fix it shows and they are really big on this type of gardening and I would really like to try it. Plus, teach my grandchildren a different way of gardening.
Thanks Jodi!

The book entitled Vertical Vegetable Gardening would be a valuable asset amongst the arsenal of tools/resources available to any gardener. I am in need of such a book that provides information on increasing the number of crops that can be grown during the relatively short Colorado growing season. If the crop quantity can be increased by having some climb while others thrive beneath them, then hopefully the production will increase, as well.
Eating freshly grown produce is a treat, the reward of our labor as gardeners. It is also nice to give produce to family and friends and make pickles or stuffed zucchini. However, it is most rewarding to donate fresh, homegrown produce to a noteworthy charity, as we have done over the past two years; a practice that we will continue as long as the harvest is plentiful.

I would love to have this book because I’ve never been brave enough to try more than a tomato plant or two as far as vegetables go. I’ve had some success with flowers which I love but we also love fresh veggies and it would be a treat to have our own supply.

Thanks for all of your tips and encouragement.

Vertical Gardening is an excellent concept that I would enjoy taking advantage of, due to lack of water and space–the process of Vertical Gardening seems to fit in well with urban gardening-its benefits of efficient use of water and space would be fun to try to partake in.

I would absolutely LOVE to win a copy of this book because my space is limited and the idea to learn to plant vertically would be great. Also growing more means giving more…I am retired with a limited income but I loved providing members of my church with fresh vegetables the last few years since majority of them are on disability and live in senior housing and can not grow a garden…This would bless a lot of people who in the day and age need all the help they can get to put fresh vegetables on their table. Thank u……………..

Thanks to all the eNews subscribers for posting a comment for the “Vertical Vegetable Gardening” book giveaway. As promised, one reader (Kathy Taylor) was selected at random using She’s already received the book and is putting it to good use 🙂

Best wishes,

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