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vaknitter 03-15-2014 06:02 PM

good gardening book/magazine?
I've always had a veggie garden and sometime it thrives and sometimes it doesn't. I've decided this year that I would like to get serious about gardening and "do it right." Does anyone have a good all round gardening book or magazine they would recommend?

DogCatMom 03-17-2014 12:26 PM

(1) Jon Jeavons, How to Grow More Vegetables...** (8th ed. is the one I have). Gives planting instrux for 100, 200, etc. sq.ft. plots in the ground. **and fruits, nuts, berries, grains, and other crops) than you ever thought possible on less land than you can imagine.]

(2) Mel Bartholomew, All New Square Foot Gardening (2005 ed.).

(3) Eliot Coleman, Four-Season Harvest (Coleman gardens and harvests in Maine).

I use a combination of Jeavons's and Bartholomew's methods: intensive spacing and culture methods in raised boxes of ≥12 sq.ft.

Gardening while the sun is up and knitting while the sun is down is a nice rhythm (but we all need paying work!).

justplaincharlotte 03-17-2014 09:02 PM

I second Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening! Awesome vegetable yields can be gotten with that method - I grew more than a family of 4 could eat in a 4x12 bed with a trellis on the long side for vining veggies!

DCM - thanks for the reference to Jeavons, I'll have to find that one. :muah:

vaknitter 03-19-2014 08:40 PM

Thank you I'll have to look those up ! I've got a Barnes and Noble gift card burning a hole in my wallet.

We had another snow storm to start his week off but the sun is coming out tomorrow and I am excited to get the tiller out and turn some peat and compost into the garden. Really want to get my peas and onion sets in earlier this year.

Normally I love winter but I am so ready for spring this year

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