My husband and I are two extremely bookish people and much of what we have learned to do in life we first learned out of books, vegetable gardening being no exception. I never saw a vegetable garden close up and personal until I was a teenager and that was my grandfather's huge garden in Germany. And while I did help him in the weeding and harvesting, I never asked him much about how he went about the actual planting part! A few years later, when my parents moved to the state of Illinois, my mother decided to grow veggies since it was what all the neighbors did. Her garden produced beautifully with almost no effort it seemed to me, except to plant and weed. The soil was that perfect midwestern topsoil that needs practically no amendment at all and I don't remember a lot of pests. Of course, as a teen I'm sure I had blinders on much of the time!
When D and I married we wanted to be self-sufficient and grow our own food, so we bought our first gardening books and started what has become a pretty large collection.
Here is my favorite go-to book of all:
Not included in this post are the clunkers, and believe me, I have a few of them in the collection. Some are expensive clunkers at that, like one book which looked good on the Amazon write up that ended up being little more than a collection of info you can find on the back of any decent seed packet.
These are the books I'll be leafing through along with the seed catalogues in the coming cold months as I dream of and start the seeds of next season's garden. I have to give them credit for forging me into a gardener. I also have to give credit to the many garden bloggers out there who have added to my store of knowledge and shared their tips, successes and failures. Gardeners are a generous group! Do you have any favorite garden books that you refer to again and again?