Book Review: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith
This is the BEST book for new gardeners. It’s easy to read and filled with useful information, from gardening techniques, to tools, to pests, to specific crop information. Maybe the most enjoyable part of the book is all the wonderful pictures. There is, literally, pictures or drawings on each page, which is amazing for those of us needing visual cues! The author created a system with the acronym W-O-R-D, which stands for Wide rows, Organic methods, Raised beds, Deep soil.
After talking about gardening with his wife for 30 years and the challenges of balancing raising a family and keeping up property, he writes, “So we had to figure out how to garden with less work and do it in ways that gave us good, nutritious food; depended very little on fossil-fueled machines or fossil-fuel-derived fertilizers; and left the soil in better condition than it was when we started. Gardening organically, maintaining soil fertility, and nurturing soil life ensures not only that we will have a bountiful and healthful harvest but also that our children and their children will, too. That’s what The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is all about.” (p. 5)
This book definitely deserves a spot on the bookshelf for any person delving into the world of vegetable gardening! Happy reading!
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