Friday, February 9, 2024

Review - Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook (by Old Farmer's Almanac)

By Tim Gamble

I recently picked up a copy of Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook (by Old Farmer's Almanac), and am really impressed by it. Currently only $12.79 on Amazon (about 30% off its regular price), it is over 200 pages of gardening information for both the beginner and the expert. It is filled with detailed articles, pictures, and step-by-step instructions. It even has journal pages to record your gardening activities, such as soil tests and seed starting records. I highly recommend this book to those folks relatively new to gardening, and even to those of us with years of gardening experience. This has quickly become one of my favorite gardening books. 

Articles include Getting Started, Tools For Success, Above Ground Gardening, Container Gardening, Indoor Gardening, the Dig less, Mulch More Method, Facts about Fertilizers, How To Fight Disease and Pests, Seed Saving, Crop Rotation, and a number of articles on soil and composting, among others. 

It also has encyclopedia like entries on 32 categories of vegetables. Entries range between 2 and 5 pages each of detailed information, planting instructions, and even recommended varieties for each vegetable. Vegetables covered are asparagus, beans, beats, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, onions, parsnips, peas, bell peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, squash (summer and winter), sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and turnips. 

"Growing vegetables offers folks—even those who have only a small space—the opportunity to grow their own food, get outdoors and exercise in a wholesome environment, feel the peace of working with nature, and enjoy the satisfaction of watching plants develop and thrive through one’s own efforts. Growing one’s own food also offers a sense of security in these days of supply shortages and high prices." 

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