All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition by Mel Bartholomew #8172
The author invented this method, which has become very popular because it is such an easy way to start a garden. It is a simple set-up that works for anyone who wants to grow twice as much in half the space with a minimum of effort. Vegetables, flowers, and herbs grow beautifully in raised beds filled with soil mix and divided into 16 squares, each 1 foot long and wide. The book takes you through how to do it yourself with thorough descriptions of all the steps. 272 pages.
The Backyard Homestead, Edited by Carleen Madigan Perkins #8555
Who knew you could produce all the food you need on just 1/4 acre! This compendium of advice tells you how to raise a garden and how to preserve, can, cure, brew, and pickle the fruits of your labor. From there, the food self-sufficiency information goes on to bee keeping, cheese making, growing and milling grains, and keeping poultry, goats, and other livestock. These may be new concepts for many of us but are certainly fascinating and pertinent topics to explore. Illustrations throughout. 368 pages.
Building Raised Beds by Fern Marshall Bradley #8656
Gardening in raised beds has become very popular due to its simplicity and great results. Even beginning gardeners find it easy to make vegetables thrive with this method. That is largely because the elevated design of raised beds promotes and protects healthy, nutrient-rich soil, which is one of the keys to growing healthy plants. Learn how to plan, build, and plant a simple raised bed in just one weekend. All you need are basic materials, minimal building skills, and this book as your guide. 96 pages.
Carrots Love Tomatoes, by Louise Riotte #8415
Although this book was first published 40 years ago, it has become a classic that has taught many gardeners how to combine plants to promote optimal growth and natural pest protection. This is a guide to using plants' natural partnerships to achieve bigger and better harvests. It also includes information on soil improvement, garden layouts, and lots of interesting facts that are both fun and educational. 224 pages, illustrations throughout
The Complete Chile Pepper Book, By Dave DeWitt & Paul W. Bosland #8862
Written by two preeminent pepper authorities, this book is described as a gardener's guide to choosing, growing, preserving, and cooking chile peppers. It is really so much more, as these authors lend a wealth of knowledge about chiles that delves deeply into the subject. Among the book's highlights are profiles of the 100 most popular varieties, capsicum cultivation, post-harvest processing, plus 85 chile pepper recipes. Expect to be fascinated, informed, and entertained well beyond the price of the book. Full color throughout. 336 pages.
Epic Tomatoes, by Craig LeHoullier #8265
The title of this book is most appropriate because it is an epic, comprehensive work. The author has grown more than 1,200 tomato varieties and introduced heirlooms such as Cherokee Purple to the trade. Here he tells the stories of many of the tomatoes he's grown, shares his ten most favorite tomatoes, and surveys more than 200 others. He also goes into depth on how to grow tomatoes--from planting seeds, to cultivating the plants, to collecting seeds to save. Packed with information and lots of colorful phtographs, this is the manual that every serious tomato grower (and beginner alike) must have! 256 pages, full-color photographs.
Fermented Vegetables, by Kirsten Shockey and Christopher Shockey #8003
Fermented foods are delicious, nutrient-rich, and promote healthy digestion. They are a hot food trend today, but the process itself is as old as time. Jars of fermented food are expensive to buy, but anyone with a vegetable garden and surplus harvest can prepare them for very little cost. This book gives detailed instructions for making sauerkraut, pickles, chutneys, and other types of fermented vegetables. There are 140 recipes using 80 different vegetables and herbs and an additional 84 recipes for using the fermented foods in meals and snacks.
368 pages, full-color photography.
Field Guide to Peppers by Dave DeWitt & Janie Lamson #8625
This information-packed identification guide lists more than 400 pepper varieties along with their color photographs, pod and plant size, days to maturity, and heat level. There are four sections representing the four different species of Capsicum, including both hot and sweet types. This is not only a valuable identification book, but also a showcase for exotic and beautiful peppers to grow in your own garden. DeWitt has written more than 30 books on peppers and Lamson is the owner of Cross Country Nurseries in New Jersey, which specializes in peppers. 300 pages.
Great Salsa Book by Mark Miller #8742
This is the definitive salsa cookbook written by a famous chef and restaurant owner. It features more than 100 delicious salsas using combinations of tomatoes, chile peppers, tomatillos, fruit, beans, corn, and other healthful ingredients. Each recipe is accompanied by a full color photograph, a heat scale, and serving suggestions. These very tempting and creative recipes are certain to enliven your meals and help you make the most of your garden harvests. 148 pages.
Grow Cook Eat, By Willi Galloway #8918
This full circle book is a great gardening guide that takes you through the cycle from planting a seed in the soil to sitting down to a meal prepared with your own vegetables. Included are the fundamentals of planting, how to grow and harvest 50 different vegetables and herbs, and an easy and enticing recipe for each one. Beautiful color photographs throughout the book are inspirational and the authorís advice on each crop is easy to understand and clearly drawn from her own
experience. I could read this book everyday just for its beauty and its fresh new ideas and insights. 304 pages.
Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales by Craig LeHoullier #8536
Gardeners love to try innovative growing methods, and this is a simple way to grow a bounty of food in a small space. All that it takes is just a bale of straw, some fertilizer, and a selection of vegetable seeds or transplants. The book gives detailed instructions for setting up the bales plus tells how to grow each kind of popular vegetable crop. This method is low-cost, keeps plants healthy naturally, and requires less bending than conventional gardening while still offering great yields of produce. 80 pages, illustrations throughout.
The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook by Mimi Luebbermann #8577
The Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival inspired this beautiful cookbook featuring elegant photographs and 50 mouth-watering recipes, such as Cherokee Purple Tomato BLT and Five-Minute Brandywine Sauce. It includes a discussion on favorite heirloom varieties, wine pairings, and tips on cultivating tomatoes, but it is really the recipes and the delicious flavors they promise that will make you want to grow these heirlooms. 132 pages.