Paper, 351 pp., $24.95
Organic gardener Ed Smith has updated his popular book on growing vegetables in cold northern gardens in this tenth anniversary edition. He explains his methods that produce high yields, even from fussy plants, and introduces the reader to new and unusual varieties that will give each gardener the pleasure of discovery. Lavishly illustrated in clear step-by-step drawings, the text is filled with sensible advice. He promotes wide rows of vegetables, set in raised beds of deep soil, using organic methods to care for them. Photographs display his methods for laying out garden beds, selection and care of tools, installation of irrigation systems, and much more. There is an extensive section on pest- and disease-control to assist the gardener in diagnosing problems. A directory of suitable vegetables and herbs rounds out this excellent edition. This inspiring publication is sure to answer all gardeners’ questions and is highly recommended to both novice and experienced gardeners.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden