New gardening books are published every year, but this crop is especially fruitful.
If 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” 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.
“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.
If 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.
Garden 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.