Growing Vegetables – Informative Books On Vegetable Gardening

Growing Vegetables – Informative Books On Vegetable Gardening

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There’s always more to learn about growing vegetables and just as many ways to make it fun and fascinating. If you’re a reading gardener, these recently published books about vegetable gardening will be a fresh addition to your gardening library.

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We think it’s time to talk about books on vegetable gardening that have been published recently. There’s always something new to learn about growing vegetables and there’s nothing more comforting on a cool day than thumbing through books on vegetable gardening as we wait for the next spring planting season. So, if you’re into growing vegetables and need some current vegetable gardening info, read on.

Books about Vegetable Gardening

  • Charles Dowding, a world renowned expert, writer, and grower of organic vegetables, released a book in 2019 entitled How to Create a New Vegetable Garden: Producing a Beautiful and Fruitful Garden from Scratch (Second edition). If you’re starting fresh and need to know how to get your garden planted or how to eliminate pesky weeds, this book is written by a master in garden experimentation. He has developed solutions to many gardening questions and broke ground (forgive the pun) with his research on no-dig gardening.
  • If you need a concise guide for planting a garden bed, look into Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month. You’ll be happy to follow along as Huw Richards offers sequential gardening tips – how to transition between crops, seasons, and harvests.
  • Maybe you know all about garden vegetables. Think again. Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun is a journey into varieties of veggies we didn’t know we could grow. Award winning author and gardener, Niki Jabbour is into growing exotic and delicious edibles like cucamelons and luffa gourds, celtuce, and minutina. You will be fascinated by the unusual possibilities described in this book.
  • Would you like to see your kids take an interest in gardening? Check out Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy. The great garden adventures described in this book for you and your children will instill a lifelong love of gardening in them. A deeply experienced and educated gardener, Lovejoy will guide you and your kids in learning to experiment and explore. She’s also a delightful watercolor artist whose beautiful and whimsical illustration will enhance the gardening ventures of gardeners of all ages.
  • Grow Your Own Tea: The Complete Guide to Cultivating, Harvesting, and Preparing by Christine Parks and Susan M. Walcott. Okay, tea may not be a vegetable, but this book is a compendium of tea history, illustrations, and guidance for growing tea at home. Exploring tea outlets around the world, details on tea properties and varieties, and what it takes to grow it yourself makes this book a fascinating addition to your garden library, as well as a great gift for your favorite tea drinker.

We may be dependent on the internet for much of our garden related information, but books on vegetable gardening will always be our best friends and companions for quiet times and new discoveries.

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Steph Coelho

Steph is a certified Square Food Gardening Instructor who has been gardening for more than 10 years in Canada where the winters are long and cold, and the summers are unpredictable. She is a volunteer for her community's Incredible Edible project. In the past she created an educational gardening space for seniors and taught classes at a local community center where she created her own curriculum and activities. She participated in several local municipal garden days where she set up a booth to educate citizens about the joy of gardening.

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I love to read as much as I love to garden, so naturally, I’m a fan of gardening books. I have a solid little collection that’s continually growing. My library is filled with books new and old, gifted and purchased, and ones that have been roughed up and stained from outdoor use. When I first buy a gardening book, I usually read it cover to cover, then tuck it away for safekeeping in my a cabinet where I keep all my gardening books.

I always find myself checking back to each volume, whether it’s in the depth of winter and I need some inspiration to tide me over until the spring, or I’m in the planning stages and need to brush up on some gardening info.

In an age where Google offers quick answers, why bother with gardening books? I like to have all my information in one place, and I don’t need to be by a computer to find out what I want. Another bonus: I won’t ruin my phone with dirt-stained fingers.

I can bring books outside even if the Wi-Fi is spotty and I can lend books to friends and family. Gardening books offer carefully curated knowledge and are always available even when the internet is down.

Below, I’ve gathered a list of my favorite gardening books. Whether you’re a beginner gardener or a more seasoned plant-lover, there’s a book for you on this list.

Vegetable Gardening


This full-color publication provides information about growing vegetables--from selecting the best site for your garden to harvesting your vegetables. Vegetables discussed include asparagus, beans, brassicas, bulb vegetables, cucurbits, leafy vegetables, peas, peppers, root peppers, sweet corn, baby corn, and pickling corn, eggplants, and tomatoes.

Selecting a garden site preparing the site mulching growing vegetables in containers irrigating selecting cultivars transplants managing pests managing weeds specifics about asparagus, beans, Brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts), bulb vegetables (onions, leeks, and garlic), cucurbits (cucumbers, melons, squash, and pumpkins), leafy vegetables (lettuce, spinach, turnip and mustard greens, endive, escarole, and radicchio), peas, peppers, root vegetables (beets, carrots, parsnips, radishes, rutabagas, salsify, scorzonera, and turnips), sweet corn, baby corn (pickling corn), and popcorn, and tomatoes and eggplants

Vegetable Gardening for Everyone

Vegetable gardening is something everyone can enjoy, from the novice to the experienced gardener. It can be a way to bring fresh food to your table, a way to teach children where food comes from, or even a way to beautify your yard! We’ll look at different types of vegetable gardens and discuss layout, variety choices, and growing techniques. Presented by Gretel Anspach, Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon. She won the MMGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Gretel established and maintains a 20,000 square foot food production garden that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro and Maynard Food Pantries for the last ten years. Her primary interest and focus is always in the science behind horticulture.

Part of HPL’s Spring Gardening series. This program and series are a collaboration between HPL and the Haverhill Garden Club.

This program will be held on Zoom. We will send a link with instructions on the day of the program.


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Growing carrots is a straightforward and simple, as long as you're comfortable with a little guess work when it comes time to harvest. During planting, there are a few rules to live by — loose soil, cool weather, and lots of water. After the plants are established, add mulch on top of the soil can help conserve moisture. In general, it's time to harvest when the roots begin to rise and the tops of the carrots are visible, but this won't always happen. Most varieties will be mature and ready to dig up between 60 and 80 days after planting.

  • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 10
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Needs: Rich, loose, well-drained heavy soils should be mixed with compost
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Kale is a leafy green vegetable that grows quickly in cool weather. A cousin to cabbage and broccoli, it can be planted directly in garden soil as a seed, or grown indoors and transplanted. It can handle frost, which can actually improve the flavor of its leaves, but doesn't do well in summer heat, which causes it to bolt and grow bitter. It is especially easy to harvest, as you can cut the amount you need and leave the plant to regrow until your next harvest.

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