On this page, you’ll find a few books that I’ve found helpful and that I refer to often.
– The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is a fairly comprehensive work by a seasoned pro. Edward C. Smith advocates what he calls the WORD system, Wide Rows, Organic Methods, Raised Beds, and Deep Soil. I’ve tried to implement some of Smith’s ideas with good results. (All of my vegetable beds are raised, and I’m working on building the organic matter in the soil). In addition to offering some methodology, Smith’s work includes helpful reference information concerning common bugs and diseases and a detailed growing guide for some of the most common vegetables and herbs. I go back to this one all the time.
– The Fruit Gardener’s Bible, by Lewis Hill and Leonard Perry, is a great reference, if you’re interested in adding a few fruit trees, grape vines, berry bushes or even some nut trees to your patch, this book is a great reference. Be careful though, this is one of those that can be discouraging. In an effort to be exhaustive on the subject of growing fruit in your backyard, which they are, Hill and Perry can be a bit intimidating, especially when they seem simply to list everything that could wrong with your trees and bushes. Nonetheless, this book is a must have.
– Whether you’re new to gardening or a veteran, “pruning” can be one of the most intimidating words. Wait, I’m supposed to cut off good growth and the plant will grow more? Yep. Pruning Made Easy, by Lewis Hill, will help take some of the scariness out of chopping up your favorite bush or tree. (Also, keep you eyes peeled for some devotionals on this topic. God is the Master Gardener and prunes us all the time).
– Growing Food God’s Way, by David Devine, is absolutely amazing! If anyone has ever fully realized their role as a steward, it’s Paul Gautschi, the subject of this book. Backed by Scriptural support, Devine explains Gautschi’s “Covering” method. This is the method I hope to fully implement someday, but in the meantime, I’ve tried variations of it with some success. If you are looking for a truly care-free way to garden, read this book and apply its principles! You can check out the documentary on which the book is based, here.
If you have any books that you’d like to recommend, please leave a comment below.