My office bookshelves are lined with gardening magazines filled with articles I want to keep, but can't bear to tear out the pages.
The editors at Mother Earth News magazine have solved that conundrum with the new Guide to Vegetable Gardening (Voyageur Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group, 2017). This hefty book contains dozens of magazine articles in one tidy collection.
Readers will recognize the names of well-known garden writers, like Rosalind Creasy and Barbara Pleasant. Many other contributors to the pages of Mother Earth News magazine also share their vegetable gardening tips and techniques.
The chapters are arranged in a way that makes the book especially easy to use, beginning with a section on Getting Started and Maintaining Soil Health. What follows is a trip around the gardening year beginning in Late Winter/Early Spring and ending with the garden in Fall/Winter.
The book is filled with "How To" information in the magazine's easy reading style. Each article provides interesting and indispensable information on topics from crop rotation to composting; seed starting to plant propagation.
Specific plants get their time in the spotlight, too. Blueberries, raspberries, grapes, potatoes, peas, kale, collards and tomatoes are a few of the featured vegetables that receive in-depth coverage.
Beginning and experienced vegetable gardeners alike will appreciate the easy-to-follow advice on how to maintain a weedless organic garden, tips for organic pest control, and how to attract native bees.
The beautifully drawn, full-color illustrations, recipe ideas, and list of resources makes this gardening compendium a valuable addition to any vegetable gardener's library.
(Quarto Publishing Group provided a complimentary copy for this review.)
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