Vegetable Gardening

The Edible Container Garden

Author: 
Michael Guerra
Publisher: 
New York: Simon and Schuster,
Publication Date: 
2000
ISBN: 
0-684-85461-9

paper, 159 p., $16.00

Here is a fine, handsome book on growing edible plants in containers and limited spaces. While the author gardens in suburban London, his experience and wisdom translate nicely to much of the U.S. His "show and tell" of his own small plot, including its fruit trees, and his descriptions of many private gardens — urban, suburban, and rural — confirm his credentials as an author worth reading early and often. With Michael Guerra's encouragment and example, many readers will begin to share his motivations, and ultimately his achievements.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
5

The Big Book of Kitchen Gardens

Author: 
Janet Cave (editor)
Publisher: 
Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
ISBN 0-737-00600-5

cloth, 336 p., $27.95

All you really need to know to plan, plant, grow, care for and harvest herbs and vegetables, plus many healthy recipes for the nutrition conscious, are found in this handsome, colorful and well-designed book. Plant selection tends toward hybrids, and heirloom varieties are seldom mentioned and not explained, but the advice is uniformly sound. This is definitely a book worth having, although bibliophiles will cavil at the lack of a traditional title page and colophon.

— John Swenson, Plant Collector and Master Gardener at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Volume: 
2
Number: 
2

Vegetable Gardening for Dummies

Author: 
Charlie Nardozzi and the Editors of the National Gardening Association
Publisher: 
Foster City, Calif.: IDG Books
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-764-55129-9

paper, 356 p., $16.99

This is the vegetable book for everyone, despite the patronizing "dummies" of the title. Only a specialist in specific crops or gardening techniques will find "important" information on any subject lacking from this compendium. It is an heirloom in the making; only the seed sources are likely to become dated, while the modest price makes it an instant good value.

Is there one book that tells you everything you need to know? Vegetable Gardening for Dummies will answer nicely.

Volume: 
1
Number: 
2

The 20 Minute Vegetable Gardener: Gourmet Gardening for the Rest of Us

Author: 
Tom Christopher and Marty Asher
Publisher: 
New York: Random House
Publication Date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0-679-44815-2

cloth, 284 p., $19.95

After acknowledging that mellow gardeners grow better-tasting vegetables, The 20 Minute Vegetable Gardener: Gourmet Gardening for the Rest of Us sets out to prove that gardening can be accomplished within their time constraint by adhering to the authors' Pledge of Allegiance: You must make every minute count by growing high-impact crops; gauge a garden's success by the amount of pleasure it gives; grow to suit your climate and soil; plant in blocks or swathes; don't weed (!); and nurture the soil.

Volume: 
1
Number: 
2

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